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That darn Facebook time hop – who invented that thing? It gets me every time. My daughter dressed up as a princess, my son curled up with small Lego guys, my fiancé and I on first dates and me holding my kids close when they were tiny – all of these snippets that make up […]

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Shaky cameras and great piano tunes

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Remember when you were in school and had to fill out and submit permission slips? Maybe you were the kid that got them in on time; or maybe you were the kid that forged your parents’ signature and bounded off on the field trip anyway. I don’t even remember the last time I signed a […]

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Permission Slips & a little love from Seal

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OK, confession time. I forgot my son last week. I mean, not all day or anything, just for about 11 minutes last Thursday night. And I remembered as soon as he called me. The phone rang and I literally answered the phone: “OH MY GOSH JACK, I’M SO SORRY! I’M ON MY WAY!!” Fear, embarrassment, […]

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I forgot my son

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  Intention – what does this mean to you? As I thought about the word intention, I thought of purpose; or, to do something with meaning. When I looked up the word intention, the definition online indicated purpose, aim, target or goal.  But look at the medical term for intention: the healing process of a […]

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Moving Forward with Intention

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    Well, we’re officially one year into this pandemic and I wanted to share some thoughts about grief amidst collective stress. I wonder if some of you are feeling this way? Sometimes, the best that I can offer is a space for you to feel validated in your feelings and to have your journey […]

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The World Keeps Spinning

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March 12, 2020. That’s when I spoke to my children’s school and an announcement was made to shut down. We were told by the state that there would be a “brief pause” prior to spring break due to an international pandemic that had hit our state. And then we never went back. If you’re feeling […]

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I’m not tired, you’re tired…

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  I still remember working with a foster family years ago. They were about to foster and adopt their 7th child. SEVENTH!! This sweet baby came to them showing signs of in utero exposure to drugs and alcohol. This meant that he was also showing signs of withdrawal post-utero. Babies who are withdrawing from substances have high-pitched cries […]

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Grab the tissues

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Today, I’m going to be brief. Because COVID. And “momming.” And feelings-doctoring (it’s a thing). And distance learning. And ALL.THE.THINGS. And because my kids and I feel a bit overwhelmed, I’m going to talk about what I’d like to do better, which is regulate. Regulation is the ability for us to respond to incoming cues […]

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Managing Big Feelings

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If you have an affinity for 70’s music, like me, perhaps you were fortunate enough to hear “Free to be You and Me” by Marlo Thomas and Friends. It featured a song by football hero, Rosey Grier called, “It’s alright to cry” which I listened to on repeat with my kids. If you’ve not had […]

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It’s OK to Cry

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Well, happy February. I’m back after a brief hiatus where I was preparing for all-things parenting courses. But, I’m back and ready to talk about some important issues we’re all facing as parents. Often, I get questions from parents like… Is this 3-year old behavior? 12 year-old behavior? 16 year-old behavior? Is this because of […]

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Behavior, emotions, and kids, oh my!

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