Tag: trauma

Dear Hurting Child

My Sweet Child, We are finding ourselves once again in a familiar dance. The catalyst being the bruising of your tender places and the grand finale undoubtedly containing quite the bang. When you were young, I would sit in the middle of your room as you spiraled and raged around me. Silent and still, just sitting…waiting.

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Crazy grateful

Each Thanksgiving, I take inventory of the things I am grateful for.   While I am never more or less appreciative, one year to the next, there are times where events like births or deaths act as glowing reminders of all that we are blessed with (and, more soberingly, how quickly those things may be lost). This

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You Can’t Carry It With You If You Want To Survive

{Trigger warning: sexual assault} No parent looks forward to talking about sex. It’s awkward. Uncomfortable. Intrusive. Many just choose to gloss over it. “Don’t be one of those girls” or “Have fun but be safe” is too often the extent of it. So we sweep it under the rug. We focus on grades. College applications.

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Falling without Grace: The Messy Reality of Compassion Fatigue

ISIS, the Boko Haram, a lynching in Mississippi, a hung jury in a domestic violence homicide, the war on the poor instead of poverty, or the war on drug addicts instead of drugs, domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, friends with Cancer, grief, a proposed bill to legalize killing gays in California:  ENOUGH!  Pain and

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Dancing with my Demons while Parenting

I am not October’s biggest fan.  I love fall.  I love the cool mornings, windows open all night, foliage, the crunch of leaves under my feet.  I enjoy running with less heat and humidity.  The kids play outside more.  We go outside and look at the stars every night before bed.  Everything starts smelling like pumpkins and apples. 

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