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Blended Families: Holiday Edition

Holidays are a special time for families. They are extra special for blended families. During the holidays, these non-traditional families who are united by marriage and bonded through mutual experience, join in fellowship and celebration. I grew up in a blended family. Now I have one of my own. I have learned from experience, the bigger the family, the more people to love and the more effort required to bring loved ones together. This is especially true around the holidays when successful ...

A Lesson on Forgiveness

Several weeks ago, during imaginative play, my 2-year old daughter came to me with a concern. Her baby doll was being a “bad girl” and hit her. I responded the way I thought any responsible parent would. After I thanked my daughter for alerting me to the problem, I directed my attention to her doll. Joining in the pretend situation, I explained to the doll why hitting is wrong. I instructed the doll to apologize for her behavior and asked her to not do it again. Then I returned the doll ...

Motherhood: Expect the Unexpected

As I wind down for the night, sipping on a cool glass of Welch’s white grape—my drink of choice while pregnant—I can’t help but think of the many things that happened during the day that were unexpected. First, my 2-year old doused herself with juice (Welch's, ironically) on the way to school. Then, I forgot to bring a new pack of pull-ups for her like her teacher reminded me to do yesterday and had to make a pit-stop to Walmart. Thankfully I had an extra set of clothes! By the time I ...