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Single Parenting Through the Holidays

There are very few of us who grew up with the dream to become a single parent one day. Rather, single parenting is usually the byproduct of life taking us down a road that we hadn’t planned for. Each of our stories look different, and the intricate circumstances of failed love resonate personally and individually different in our […]

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There Is Always Hope

When we are dreaming of children, we wonder in anxious anticipation. Will my daughter look like me? Will my son love to read like I do? We might anticipate girls loving dance classes and boys playing baseball or boys loving dance classes and girls playing baseball. In our head, we plan fun family outings and […]

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When All is Not Calm and Bright: Giving The Gift of Holiday Help

Silent Night used to be one of my favorite Christmas carols.  Now that I have parented through three first Christmases, those tender lyrics sting a bit.  Nothing has ever been calm and bright for me in those first few months with a newborn.  Those first Christmases were bittersweet for me.  Returning to work after maternity […]

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A Love Hate Relationship with the Holidays

It begins with Halloween, the costumes, the jack-o-lanterns, spider webs, witches, ghosts, and skeletons.  The pumpkins, leaves, pilgrims, cornucopias, and turkeys of Thanksgiving.  The numerous Christmas trees, stockings, holly berries, wreathes, nativity scenes, and mistletoe.  And the lights.  The never ending lights.  Orange and black lights, white lights, colored lights, icicle lights, lights, lights, lights! […]

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