Family & the Empath

“All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers.” Mitch Albom Family is so important. I don’t think I always believed this. When I was growing up, my family wasn’t very healthy, so I brushed aside the need for them. My friends took the place…

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The Tortoise Whisperer

A few weeks ago, Tom our family’s tortoise, fell ill.  It happened so quickly.  One day he seemed happy, and the next day he seemed like a complete goner.  He was not eating. He could barely pick up his head.  His eyes were almost perpetually closed.  I prepared Jonah for the worst.  He was unfazed. …

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Single Mom Life: Brothers (A Family in 3 Parts)

Brothers Once upon a time there were three Brothers… A girl separated them People would ask if the “only girl” was treated like a princess and the family would snort and laugh  “no” the three Brothers the three Brothers the three Brothers were so special each unique in his own way For the Father thought…

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You Are Not a Single Parent If…

As a single parent, I hear parents all of the time saying that they understand what it means to be a single parent.  They feel they understand because aspects of their lives, parenting, or relationships make them feel like they are in fact single parents. I feel that the label “single parent” is a silent…

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Single Mom Life: Pimples & Pubic Hair

My son Cole is only 11, and I recently saw two emerging pimples on the left side of his nose. “Oh,” I said, “You’re getting pimples.”  I said it lovingly because I realized that this is his ascent into puberty. “Can I pop them?” “No,” he said with shock.  “Why would you do that?” “Come…

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Single Mom Life: A Little Poem for This Cold Morning

My Son Sometimes my son squeaks He points and gesticulates wildly trying to get his point across He can speak But, at that moment, he chooses not to For an entire day I go back and forth–worrying–maybe this is the time he stops talking altogether Do I force words from his lips, from his heart…

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