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It’s Going To Be Okay, Even If It Isn’t

When you are the parent of a child with a chronic illness, there comes a point when you just can’t worry anymore. It’s the equivalent of crying so hard you physically have no tears left. You would if you could,...Read More
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  • Elizabeth Jayne Liu

    Sorry If I Embarrass You, Kid

    I’m writing with one eye closed. This usually only happens after I lose one contact lens, and I shut the gimp eye to see half-decently with the good eye. High rollers might bust out a brand-new lens, but I can’t. It throws off t...

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    You Wouldn't Guess What Is Making This Kid Laugh So Hard He Drools

    What common household object is just SO hilarious that this baby can’t quite handle it?...

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  • Lessons

    Why I Gave Up Potty Training My Son After One Day

    Apparently the universe has a way of bitch slapping you in the face for making multiple public announcements about your first child potty training in one day.  Looking back, I probably deserved it, seeing as my announcements were less public service, and more poorly veiled commentary on my own parenting superiority. READ MORE

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  • Susan Long

    Expressing Gratitude

    There are a few more gray hairs on my head today and I have earned every one of them. I went through a harrowing experience and now, as Thanksgiving is fast approaching, I am expressing gratitude that my daughter and I are safe....

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  • Stacie Burrows

    I Would Do Anything for Love, but I Won’t Do That

    Am I a good wife? I like to think so. I take care of the house and kids while my husband works hard at the office. We’re a good team. We work well together. If he needs me to pick up his dry cleaning, I got it. If he wants steak for d...

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    Helen Mitternight

    Dying Is Tedious: Bring A Book

    In all of the movies, deathbed scenes are short and dramatic. The dying friend or relative blurts out a heartfelt secret or nugget of wisdom. And fade to black.

    In reality, dying often takes its time. The human body is built to fight death, and death is built to be patient. No one tells you that dying can be tedious, so you’d better bring a book for those long stretches when your loved one is in that twilight that separates them from the truly living, but binds them still to life. READ MORE

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    This Three Year Old Knows How To Argue!

    “Linda, honey, listen.”  Are your kids this creative at arguing?...

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    Oops! Was That Me?

    It happens to all of us, but we usually don’t cry about it....

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    DANDELIONS

    Dancing Flowers

    “Guess I can mentally plan my to-do list,” I thought as I bemoaned my driving decision.  Of course I had chosen the route to the store that was under construction. Library, bank, maybe the dollar store – do we have...Read More
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  • Christina Antus

    Open Mouth, Insert Foot: What Not To Say To Pregnant Women

    We all know that you don’t ask any woman if she’s pregnant. Not one who looks pregnant. Not one who acts pregnant. Not one who is pregnant. Not even one in a hospital gown holding a newborn baby. Likewise, you don’t ask ab...

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    When Men Try Women’s Makeup For The First Time

    You’ve never understood a woman until you’ve walked a mile in her… face? These men are getting full makeovers for the first time and the result is super impressive. ...

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    Julia Arnold

    Let Go Of The Guilt

    “But I still feel guilty,” I said over the phone to my older sister, who is also a mother of young children.

    “I’ll never forget what our pediatrician once told me,” she replied. “She said to never feel bad about doing what you want to do.”

    That simple advice resonated with me. What was it in my nature that was making me feel guilty about spending one afternoon a week doing something just for me? What is it in so many of us that pulls at our hearts when our logical side knows perfectly well that we all need time to pursue our own goals, interests, passions? READ MORE

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  • Veronica Franco Sierra

    Leaving My Country To Raise My Baby

    My country is beautiful; it is one of the most biodiversified countries in the world; it produces amazing coffee and breathtaking emeralds. It does not get any seasons, being so close to the Equator, but it is blessed to have all the climat...

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  • Kristen Daukas

    What Is Perimenopause?

    I’m pretty blessed in the fact that I have never suffered from PMS. Ever. Until about 3 years ago....

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    Letting Go Of Success

    Letting go. The Buddhists have been trying for over two thousand years to convince us of the wisdom of this approach and they’ve lately been joined by a chorus of others: psychologists, counselors, and of course Disney’s ice princess Elsa....Read More
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    How To Survive An Affair

    Editor’s Note: This was written by a contributor who wishes to remain anonymous. To write this, I’m admitting to the world two things: I’ve been cheated on by my spouse, and, more embarrassing, I’ve also cheated....

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    Girl Sings Let It Go from Frozen Without Realizing She’s A Part of The Best Dad Videobomb Ever

    Just when we thought the Frozen videos were done, this one crept up on us. Get it? ...

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