Category Archives: Challenges

A Foundation of Communication

The first few months after she was placed with us, my foster daughter’s mother had no visitation. That has changed now, and with the very real possibility of her returning to her mother at some point in the near future … Continue reading

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Why Do You Want to Leave Me?!

There are some movies that just get you right there in the feels. When I need a good “feel good/pick me up from the doldrums” movie, I pull out┬áMy Big Fat Greek Wedding. My husband and I quote from it … Continue reading

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Behavior and Consequences – Without Yelling or Tears

In mid-February, I looked into my daughter’s bedroom and realized I had had enough. “All the way, up to here, couldn’t stand the mess one more minute” kind of enough. “Clean your room,” had become a daily admonition, complete with … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to My Eldest Daughter

I have said relatively little in the public forum about the schism that occurred between me and my eldest last year. The really big emotions, the ones that need chewing on, they take time to understand. Her words, set in … Continue reading

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Hard Lessons

We live in a neighborhood that is in transition. That’s a nice way of saying that we live in an area that is; labeled as blighted is often a dumping ground for the unwanted sometimes called the ‘hood (even by … Continue reading

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Not That Kind of Gross

This morning I was looking up the requirements/restrictions on claiming an elderly parent as your dependent. Em peered over my shoulder, “Gross income? That’s silly.” Homograph This Homographs are words that are spelled the same and sound the same but … Continue reading

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Teaching Responsibility

Apparently, it is crunch time in my daughter’s little academic world. And it is interesting to see how she reacts to it. Menopause has its benefits – I’m far more patient now than I used to be. If I were … Continue reading

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How About a Mental Health Day? (and other stories)

As the weeks and months have marched on, I can see clearly the path that this blog will be taking. I’m sharing that vision, along with an Em update, below… Great Grades “Hey Mama, I almost forgot, here’s my quarterly … Continue reading

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Raising a Strong Woman

I have been thinking about strength and resiliency lately. What it takes to be strong, to bend with life’s misfortunes, to not break. And, raising a daughter, this has been especially important to me. I don’t want her to be … Continue reading

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What Did You Learn Today?

Having my dad living with us has continued to provide me with powerful lessons – moments that reveal to me my own shortcomings, mannerisms and attitudes handed down to me by my parents. One of them – the compulsion to … Continue reading

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