Family pets: never a dull moment

Yesterday I dropped a guinea pig.

In my defense, it was his fault. Why is he squirming around in my arms when I’m snuggling him?

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Sadness

A little 9 year old girl who was on my daughter’s all star team during last year’s baseball season got sick in April.

Today, my own 10 year old daughter will attend her wake. My daughter and her friend, another fellow ball player from the same team, will visit a very sad place and try to understand the magnitude of what it means when a child dies.

A child just like they are. Continue reading

Grieving from a distance – part I

People deal with grief in different ways. There is no right or wrong way, and no one has the right to force their view on how to deal with personal grief on someone else.

We are faced with a situation right now where a family member is out of country and another family member, living here, is struggling with a deadly illness. She is in the advanced stages and there is no chance to overcome, or beat the illness.

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Homework anxiety after school absence

I admit that I am not the most patient person in the world.

There, I said it. Now the internet knows.

Look, I get it that when a kid is sick and misses a week of school, the prospect of going back is a little overwhelming. My younger one has a bit of performance anxiety under normal circumstances, never mind after a week of absence. I get it.

But here’s the thing. Continue reading