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Full disclosure: This post was written with the complete permission of my son. He has read it and approved its publishing. That said, we've chosen to publish it anonymously. This post is part 5 of a 5-part series, following...
The most wonderful time of the year Holidays can be fun and exciting. They also can be one of the most stressful times of the year. I love boundaries. I love talking about them because I find them fascinating and...
Is anyone else struggling to find their holiday spirit? Full disclosure, I know I am. I’m normally full-throttle cheer & joy by now. My decorations are usually already hung & my shopping is well underway. Holiday photos have been...
Full disclosure: This post was written with the complete permission of my son. He has read it and approved its publishing. That said, we've chosen to publish it anonymously. This post is part 3 of a 5-part series, following...
Full disclosure: This post was written with the complete permission of my son. He has read it and approved its publishing. That said, we've chosen to publish it anonymously. This is Part 1 of a 5-part series. Part 2....
I knew it was going to be hard, but damn! Every conversation I have with friends or family: "Hey, how are things going?" Me: Generic answer, “Everything is fine! We are doing great! Said child is growing up so fast.” But in...
A few years ago, within 12 months' time, our family lost two of its special members.  My father, “Papa” to my kids, died soon enough before Christmas to leave us still in shock through that holiday.  But before the...

Can’t Catch Up

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Tonight is the first Friday night in a long time that I haven’t tried to conquer as much housework as I could before I crashed, but technically, I’m still working. I just finished making my grocery list. Now, I’m...
Social Butterfly Every report card and teacher conference from my childhood said the same thing. Something along the lines of “She’s a wonderful kid, a very bright student, but she’s very social.” And being “very social” was really saying that...

Sunday: Reset

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Do you suffer from the Sunday Scaries? Do the Monday Blues get you down? Me too. What Happens My mood shifts, starting mid-afternoon on Sunday. My mind starts reminding my body that it is almost time to switch from weekend mode to...

The Mom with PTSD

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On Thursday, September 22, 2016 a little boy asked his mom to quit smoking for his 5th birthday. And she did. But what very few people know is two days before, the mom was diagnosed with PTSD. Even fewer...
Grounding is a word that most of us have heard of, but what does it actually mean? The best way to explain it is that when we are not grounded, we might be anxious, preoccupied, or disconnected from ourselves. Grounding is...
“Go easy on yourself. You’re doing great. This is just really hard.”  I’ve seen this quote, author unknown, all over the internet lately-- on Instagram stories, Pinterest posters, and Etsy t-shirts. The “this” the quote refers to is left open to...
There is no question that the world is quite a chaotic place right now. On top of the everyday stressors of being a parent, working hard, etc. we have a pandemic thrown into the mix. It is easy to...