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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...

Dear Spouse…

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Dear Spouse, Why do you do that? Why do you turn it back on me all the time? Somehow, things are always my fault even when they aren’t. I came to you the other day, wanting...

True Life: My Husband Has PTSD

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Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is one of the most misunderstood and stigmatized mental health disorders. While anyone can get PTSD, from rape survivors to victims of a bank robbery, it's most closely linked...

The Day My Son Used a Racial Slur

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It started out as a normal afternoon. All the kids were getting home from school, and my 7-year-old son was horsing around with his younger sister. They were having fun, laughing and playing, and...

All I Want for Christmas Is LESS

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When I think about the reason for the season, Christmas always brings about happy feelings. I not only cherish my own childhood memories, but also current family experiences of sipping hot chocolate among the...
True Life: I’m a Foster Failure

True Life: I’m a Foster Failure

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Growing up, I knew I wanted kids. Lots of kids. I had visions of Girl Scouts and basketball, a minivan, and filled bedrooms with halls that rang with giggles. As an adult, filling those...

True Life: My Husband Is a Grinch

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When it comes to the holidays, my husband and I are basically a mix of Buddy the Elf and the Grinch. I start getting excited about Christmas pretty much as soon as the Halloween...

Recovering from an Alcoholic Parent

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I don't know what it is like to be an alcoholic. I don't know what it is like to fight that battle every single day. And I certainly don't know what it is like...

True Life: Living With My Husband’s Depression

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My husband struggles with depression, which means that our entire family does, too. Throughout my life, I have been fortunate to have basically no experience with mental illness, so the learning curve these past...