Family relationships, in all their complicated glory. Families explores the intricacies of being parents, siblings, mentors, and friends.
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Tiny pink shoes
The drive home from the hospital was quiet, I always pictured this day differently. We had so much to say but we kept the thoughts to ourselves, as if it was taboo to speak. I wanted to say something and nearly do, when I glance at her she is looking elsewhere.
I've been contemplating if the last few months have been the hardest of my life. They haven’t, but they come pretty fucking close. You of all people would know what a poignant statement that is.
Why We Need Substitute Grandparents
I don’t know if it takes a whole village to raise a child, but it takes more than just the parents. If we’re fortunate, as we grow, we’re guided by a rich network of adults who look out for us and help us along the way—relatives, teachers, coaches, youth leaders, and others. We need a whole tribe to look out for us, to guide us on our way.
Fathers and Christmas
“‘When you coming home, dad?’ ‘I don't know when’ But we'll get together then You know we'll have a good time then” – Harry Chapin
When You're Adopted Into Your Wife's Mexican Catholic Christmas
I'm not going to pretend and say that this season was something I was looking forward to. In a lot of ways, it has had too many unwanted firsts and this has caused a lot of stress.
I’m scared of holding babies. For context, I’m great with kids. I teach music lessons for a living, with students ranging from four years old to retired (and I don’t ask their ages). I taught preschool music for three years and had a splendid time wrangling two-to-five year olds who could form rudimentary sentences and scream song lyrics back at me.
I know I say this every year, but 2023 was a year full of a lot of change for my little family. I started the year off barely working one job and being a full time mom. Ben was working two jobs, and we were living in a pretty awful place. We had a still pretty new baby, and we were still mostly struggling through our days, trying to figure out how to be parents.
Santaphobia Uncovered: Unraveling the Fear of Santa Claus
Christmas has arrived. We're all excited to see Santa, exchange gifts, and spread holiday joy. But for some people, especially young children, this season is filled with fear, anxiety, and the dread of encountering the famous man dressed in red in person. This fear is known as Santaphobia.
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Kids Say the Darndest Things
The unfiltered truths from the fruits of our loins. And the creepiest things they've ever said. Help?
Do or do not - there is no try. The ins and outs of one of the most difficult jobs on earth: parenting.
Nature vs. Nurture
What plays into our humanity? Nature vs. Nurture – how two factors affect one individual.
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How many tears can one person cry? Are they infinite? Does a person only have so many to give in regards to another person? There’s probably some scientific answer out there. Some scientist who has measured somebody's tears in a beaker and put a mathematical equation to it. But there are different types of tears. Tears for pain, tears for happiness, tears for memories, and tears for old wounds reopened. Millions of reasons for a person to cry really.
Family is the world ❤️❤️
Today, Deepti was in a restless mood at the shop throughout the day. There was turmoil in the mind. While leaving the house in the morning, mother i.e. Deepti's mother-in-law had said in a low voice that she understood very well the meaning of her daughter coming home early in the evening and her coming home early. That's why she remained restless the whole day. Bela next to her also interrupted her two-three times, “What's the matter Deepti? Why are you looking so sad today?”
Wilderness Wanderers: Goldie and Mr. Smith's Journey of Survival
In the heart of the wilderness, where the trees stood tall and the rivers flowed freely, an extraordinary tale of resilience and companionship unfolded. It was a story of Goldie, the faithful golden retriever, and his owner, Mr. Smith, who found themselves lost amidst the untamed beauty of the wilderness.
Castaway Companions: Goldie and Mr. Smith's Journey on the Deserted Island
In the vast expanse of the ocean, where the horizon kissed the sky in a seamless blend of blue, an extraordinary tale of survival and companionship unfolded. It was a tale of a loyal dog named Goldie and his devoted owner, Mr. Smith, who found themselves stranded on a deserted island after a catastrophic shipwreck.
New Baby Love
What is love? Even before a child is born, a mother begins to have a connection with someone she really doesn't know. Love begins in her mind, her imaginations, her hopes, her dreams. She forms a picture of what love will look like, who love will look like, how love will act towards her.
Title: The Symphony of Seasons
In a world where the climate danced to its own tune, each day was a new verse in the ever-changing symphony of seasons. It was a world where the balance of nature teetered on a delicate scale, where the rhythm of the elements echoed the heartbeat of the planet itself.
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The Power of Unconditional Love
In a world often marked by division and uncertainty, there exists a force of unparalleled resilience and beauty – unconditional love. It transcends boundaries, defies logic, and binds hearts in a bond that withstands the tests of time and adversity. The power of unconditional love lies not in its perfection, but in its ability to embrace imperfections, to forgive, to heal, and to illuminate the darkest corners of our souls.
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