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True Life: I Escaped An Abusive Husband

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

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

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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Sibling Spacing: Is There a Magic Number?

After years of trying to conceive, we’re pregnant. One of the many things I am worried about is the age gap between my first and the new baby due in the spring. If all...