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Weathering Life’s Transitions

Weathering Life’s Transitions

| March 1, 2016 | 1 Comment

My son was a happy baby, a cheerful and helpful toddler. He was an easy, optimistic kid and I thought it was obviously because I was a mom who was doing everything right. But around three and a half…

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10 Commitments That Will Make You a Better Parent

10 Commitments That Will Make You a Better Parent

| December 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Being a parent is tough. Most of us feel like we could do a better job, but resolving to be more patient rarely works. That’s because sometimes the first step to being a better parent is actually about how …

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Take the Stress Out of Holiday Family Time

Take the Stress Out of Holiday Family Time

| December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Here’s what I’ve learned about finding ways to enjoy quality family time during the holidays.

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The Path of Least Resistance: From Chaos to Acceptance

The Path of Least Resistance: From Chaos to Acceptance

| October 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Are addicts, or addictive personalities, born from nature or nurture? Whichever pie graph you choose, mine reads 100%. Chaos, fighting, unpredictability, poverty, drugs, and alcoholism were the highlights…

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How to Navigate Challenges (and Solutions) Facing MTF Teens

How to Navigate Challenges (and Solutions) Facing MTF Teens

| June 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

There are challenges that face all trans teens: fear with regard to both friends and enemies, the challenging physical process, the weighty choice to transition or not, physical presentation regardless […]

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6 Ways to Spring Clean Your Parenting Life

6 Ways to Spring Clean Your Parenting Life

| April 1, 2015 | 1 Comment

Spring is not only the perfect time to clear away the dust and dirt in your home, but as a parent it’s also a great time to clean up your overall attitude and stagnant outlooks about raising your children […]

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7 Ways to Show Appreciation

7 Ways to Show Appreciation

| February 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

The best thing about these methods is that none of them need to take too much time. Obviously, not all of them will be easy for everyone, but choose the ones that work for you, and work on developing the […]

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Friendship Research: Having a Close Confidant Helps Keep Us Healthy

Friendship Research: Having a Close Confidant Helps Keep Us Healthy

| February 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

A recent study about to be published in the journal Health Psychology, “Who Needs a Friend? Marital Status Transitions and Physical Health Outcomes in Later Life,” confirms what many in the […]

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Nurture Yourself Toward Change

Nurture Yourself Toward Change

| January 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

“Love is always unconditional in the sense that it is not stymied or stifled by any of the conditions of existence. Neither changes, endings, altered plans, unfairness, suffering, disloyalty, or lack of love…”

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Your Family is a Work of Art

Your Family is a Work of Art

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

The other day I was sitting in a dark closet (as I do when playing hide-and-seek with my kids) when I had a realization. It changed the way I think about myself as a parent, as well as what it means to be creative. In my life before parenthood, I associated the term “creativity” with the arts. Painting […]

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My Illness Is Not My Identity

My Illness Is Not My Identity

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

“A label is a mask life wears,” writes Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., one of the first pioneers in the mind, body, health field. “Labeling sets up an expectation of life that is often so compelling we can no longer see things as they really are. In my experience, a diagnosis is an opinion and not a prediction […]

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Entrusting Our Words

Entrusting Our Words

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

From my earliest stage of literacy on a Fourth of July, I remember writing essays about freedom and identity. Certain things never changed: freedom, in spite of how it is viewed, is still considered to be an essential value, and the sheer diversity of the country makes recognition of different identities […]

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