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The Kids No One Wants

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November is National Adoption Month, so there's lots of talk about surrounding giving children homes and families, who otherwise don't have them. But let's be honest: When people talk about adoption, they mean babies....
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Dear Parent, From a Teacher: Here’s How It’s Really Going At School

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How’s the start of the school year treating you? In today’s environment, that’s about as welcoming a question for a teacher as asking a pregnant woman how she’s feeling or inquiring about the job...
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True Life: I Am a Survivor of Sexual Abuse

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One in 9 girls and 1 in 53 boys under the age of 18 experience sexual abuse or assault at the hands of an adult. Not only that, but child protective services finds evidence...

True Life: My Husband is Suicidal

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The pandemic of military suicides is something I've been well aware of for a long time. My husband, a military veteran, and I together have seen it happen so often. Other military wives I...
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True Life: I Leave My Kids in the Car When Running Quick Errands

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With COVID-19 running rampant throughout Florida (and in our own backyard), the fewer people in my family who are out and about, the better. However, with two kids and a husband who’s on the...

I Have COVID-19, and It Freaking Sucks

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For the past few weeks, I have been surrounded by stories of people I know testing positive for COVID-19. It seems I have gotten notifications from every restaurant, gym, and business I have ever...
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Dear Employer, I Want to Continue Working From Home

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If I turned in a request to my current employer right now asking to continue working from home for the remainder of the year, the answer would be no. Not a consideration, not a...
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Chaos, Fear, and Lots of Love: What It’s Like to Be a Foster Parent

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My husband and I didn't intend to become foster parents. We had always somewhat considered adopting an older child, a teenager perhaps, at some point — but it was an idea held off to...
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Dear Employer: I’m Doing My Best Right Now — So Should You

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Nobody planned on this. But here we are, all trying to make the best of it between Zoom playdates, extra snacks, backyard tents, and many, many movies. #allinthistogether, right? Actually not. I'm talking to you, employer,...
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True Life: I Escaped An Abusive Husband

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Growing up, my parents were constantly fighting and often miserable together, which inevitably lead to their divorce when I was in middle school. After being exposed to this constant fighting, I always told myself...

True Life: We’re Adopting a Preteen

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It was a few years ago when I read an article that broke my heart. Written by a social worker, it told the story of a young boy nicknamed Stephen, who made his way...

Navigating the Overwhelming Force That Is My In-laws

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As a 38-year-old mom of two toddlers, I’ve successfully walked through a number of life experiences — the ones that fine-tune every aspect of your being. I’ve encountered academic obstacles and career highs and...