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A Lonely Parent’s Christmas Perspective

This will be my second Christmas without my raison d’être, my angels, my loves. I think it’s fair to say, from having to pull out the Kleenex already, that I’m not expecting this holiday season to be any better than last. If anything, I wonder if it could be worse. Before last year, I had…

Allergies Lead to a New Normal

Shari Macneall Parenting comes with endless joy and at times anxiety and fear for our children’s safety and well-being. Receiving a diagnosis that your child has a life-threatening allergy is life-altering. I remember getting a call from my son’s daycare that I needed to “come quickly” as he had tried a bite of kiwi and…

Parental Expectation Doesn’t Equal A Child’s Path

Whether you are a single parent, separated parent or a two parent family, we all have the same expectations and goals for our children – to do well and succeed. When you are blessed with children something shifts in you. You work harder. You try harder at things with the goal that your children will…

Fatherless No More

Meeting my father was my lifelong dream. All my life I wanted to know who he was. Do I look like him? Do I have siblings? I finally met him when I was 37 years old. I grew up in a household of women with my mom her two sisters and my two cousins. There…

Parenting From the Sideline

So the story goes something like this… three days before my teenage son Myles’ (not his real name) progress report was due, he text me to say “Mom, I need a tutor for math.” In a normal situation a parent would commend their teenage child for taking this initiative.  However, this is not a normal…