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True Life: I Leave My Kids in the Car When Running Quick Errands

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

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

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

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...

Dear Employer: I’m Doing My Best Right Now — So Should You

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

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...