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Memorial Day

I’m sitting here with my mother-in-law, my children, nieces and nephew at the Memorial Day parade in Bridesburg in Philadelphia. My mother-in-law grew up on the block that we are sitting on. Since I first met my husband at age 18, I have been coming here. We would have breakfast at my husband’s grandparents house…

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Conscious Parenting

I want to share a story about what happened at my work last night as a therapist with foster kids. The little girl, who is four years old, had been having a very difficult day. The foster mom believed that she was struggling with missing her biological mom. The little girl was fighting constantly with…

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To All the Amazing Teachers

I would like to give a heartfelt thanks to all the amazing, talented, dedicated, caring, creative, energetic teachers out there. I went with my 6 year old on a field trip to a museum yesterday and witnessed two incredible instances of teachers going above and beyond. First, my son’s teacher got a new student in…

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Thinking of You, My Angel

Today is Sydney’s angel day. 13 years ago around 6 o’clock in the morning I had to hand my newborn daughter’s lifeless body over to the funeral home worker to put her in a bag and drive away with her. It was the single most awful and gut-wrenching thing I have ever been forced to…

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Self-Confidence in Action

Here’s an awesome conversation I had with my 8 year old yesterday. Faith: Most people like me, but there are some people who don’t like me. Me: Well….(trying to think of a way to soften the blow of her statement. For her or for me???) Faith: (Totally serious and humble) That’s ok though. It doesn’t…

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Hardwiring Happiness by Dr. Rick Hanson

I just found out about this book called Hardwiring Happiness by Dr. Rick Hanson. In his book, grounded in neuroscience, he explains how we can rewire our brains to strengthen the parts of our brain that feel happiness and positivity just the same way we can strengthen our muscles with exercise. He suggests taking about…

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Spirituality From an 8 Year Old

After celebrating Sydney’s birthday yesterday, my 8 year old deep-thinker and I were talking about Sydney today. She said her prayers in church and asked God to wish her sister a happy birthday in Heaven. Then she asked me if it was scary to me when something is so close and so far. I asked…

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Happy Birthday, My Angel

Today was our dear Sydney’s birthday. She would have been 13 years old today. It is hard to imagine so much time has passed without her when I remember her birth as if it was yesterday.Today, our loving and supportive family gathered as they have done every March 8 for the past 13 years to…

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Developing a Love of Reading

Today I am volunteering at my 8-year-old’s book fair at school. The book fair is held on this week every year to honor Dr. Suess’ birthday. What a gift Dr. Suess was to all of us. He gave us so many wonderful, enjoyable books. He is one of my favorite children’s authors. Last night, my…

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Small Acts of Kindness

My daughter is at it again. When we were packing up to come home from our ski trip this weekend, she found a quarter on the floor of our hotel room and asked if we could give the cleaning people a tip, and I said of course we could. So she began to write “For…

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