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Managing Your Child’s Expectations During the Holidays

This time of year can be overwhelming, what with presents to wrap and meals to prepare and guests to attend to and all. It’s a lot for a grown up to keep up with. Now imagine you are an 8 year-old who literally can’t wait until Christmas morning — what does that feel like? As parents we are often so…

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On Being a Survivor and a Mother

“Will we have to get scars, too?” asked my 4 year-old at the dinner table last night. Though my abdomen was completely covered, as it normally is, her thoughts turned to the very long, very ugly scar that runs down the core of my body while she chewed her dinner. “No, baby, you won’t have to get scars, too.” But…

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Grateful

The bad news has been more prevalent than the good lately. I have to really work on my psyche when this happens so the sadness doesn’t overwhelm me and inform my behavior and thoughts and choices. Last week was particularly rough as someone I’d known for years died. We weren’t close friends, but saw each other regularly and chatted at each…

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