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honestly

The Day I Packed My Bags and Ran

I packed my bags and ran out of my apartment crying and desperate. I had no idea where I was going. What would I do, leave my family forever? I wanted to, but inside I heard the voice of guilt say I would regret such a decision. read more

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Giving Hope to Other Moms

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self

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How to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

As soon as my son turned five, our family and friends started asking him questions about kindergarten. Where was he going? Was he excited? Each time the “K” word was mentioned, my normally chatty son would visibly tense up and fall silent. read more

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Why Others Need You to Embrace Authenticity

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