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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For the Love of Reading (Part One)

When my boys were young, they were rambunctious.  I had a difficult time managing their high energy levels as well as my expectations of them.  I had never been tackled-hugged in all my life before having them.  Once they entered my world, tackle-hugs were the norm. Whenever we were home for extended periods, negotiating their

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