The Dog That Rescued Me

Last summer, I wrote about the passing of our thirteen-year-old Bichon-poodle named Kisses.  While this loss was painful, it was an experience of growth for our family.  My boys learned about how to grieve and I learned how to step back and let them.  We weren’t in any rush to add another dog into our

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Independence for All

Having just celebrated our nation’s independence, it got me thinking about my boys and their level of independence. In our family structure, since I am mostly a full-time stay-at-home parent, I often wonder if they have age-appropriate life skills in place. They rely heavily on me to guide them through their day-to-day life and I

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Beyond Grade School

I recently attended a parent information meeting regarding my oldest’s son’s transition into middle school.  I must admit, I am in some serious denial about him attaining this milestone, but going to this meeting made it seem much more real. In only couple short months he will be on his way.  He is ready.  I

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The Walk and Talk

Ever since we were able to reincorporate dogs back into our home well over three years ago, daily walks are a part of my life.  When I had my first dog, Kisses (may she rest in peace), I walked that dog all over Wrigleyville.  As my family expanded and we moved to the suburbs, my

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