What I’m thinking about on Memorial Day

What I'm thinking about on Memorial Day Most people I know are happy about Memorial Day, There’s no school, no work, and probably some beach or pool time. They throw burgers on the grill and spend the day in the sun. But that’s not what I’m thinking about on Memorial...

When Mother’s Day is hard

When Mother's Day is hard Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, and Mother’s Day is hard for me. It’s another chance for grief to probe into places that have healed over since the last emotive holiday. I miss my mom. I’ve been looking at pictures of her, and I am...

Moms, you’re da bomb

Moms, you're da bomb and other things you need to hear on Mother's Day Mother’s Day is fast approaching. By accident, I just read through an entire box of cards and letters from friends and family that I’ve saved over the years. I haven’t saved all of them, mind...

20 questions teen boys ask their moms

20 questions teen boys ask their moms (nearly every day) Conversations between mothers and sons are simple and predictable during the daylight hours. Mothers ask their sons about school, girls, friends, and homework and generally receive uninformative mono-syllabic...

Happy Birthday, Grief

Happy Birthday, Grief Grief is trying to sneak up on me again, but I’m ready for her. In less than a week, October will be over. October is the birthday month for me and both of my parents, who were born on the same day, two years apart. Destiny, I guess. I find...

How to handle rebellious teenagers

How to handle rebellious teenagers If you’re a parent, even of young children, you’re probably freaked out about the teen years. You’ve heard way too many stories about kids and weed, alcohol, porn, and sexting. If you have teenagers, maybe your fears have...

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