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honestly

Being Brave when My Girls are Watching

The stroller wheel hit a bump and stopped, but I was still moving forward. The stroller came tumbling down, and I catapulted over it. I felt each part of my body hit the concrete. My shins. Knees. Wrist. I was humiliated. read more

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Courage to Have 'The Talk'

When would we tell our son about his autism? How? We decided several years ago to slowly, inch by inch, lay the groundwork. We wanted the kids to have a firm foundation in knowing everyone is different. read more

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Swiss Cheese Moms, Part One

Moms and Codependency. “We’re all born Swiss cheese — full of holes — needs that are starving to be met,” If we’re parented well and life is relatively trauma-free, then we grow up with a strong sense of identity. If childhood needs aren’t met, codependency may become the lifelong surv read more

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Things to Stop Saying to your Kids and What to Say Instead

The words we say have more meaning than we know. What if small changes in the phrases we use with our kids could change their meaning entirely? read more

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Shaping Superheroes

We stood at the door of the mall for a lengthy moment. “Very funny, mom,” said my 12-year-old son as I waited for him to open the door for me. I just smiled at him … and waited. ‘”Okay, fine,” he finally relented. read more