What I Tell My Children About Their Father’s PTSD

Forward: Our life literally changed forever when, in 2011, my paramedic husband was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As a result, he is no longer able to work in any profession that may trigger his symptoms, and unfortunately many aspects of day-to-day life cause him intense anxiety. Speaking with children about illness (in our case, mental … Continue reading What I Tell My Children About Their Father’s PTSD

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The Guaranteed Method for Getting Your Kids out the Door on Time

The very first thing I lost, when I became a mother, was my time. I tried to hold onto vague memories of sitting with a book for hours, and wandering the shops for an afternoon, but I was soon overwhelmed by how much time it actually took to take care of just one tiny baby. Fast forward a few … Continue reading The Guaranteed Method for Getting Your Kids out the Door on Time

The Night Our Kids Discovered That We’re Awesome

At a time that is usually bristling with stress and anger, is there anything better than an impromptu moment of hilarity with your children? Dinner time. And a special treat for dessert that night - a few tasty sweets each. Predictably, our three kids each selected and devoured their sweet quotas in an instant. Their … Continue reading The Night Our Kids Discovered That We’re Awesome

How to Manage the Daylight Savings Adjustment with Children

With the fall of the months, my daughter was five months old when I had to negotiate the Daylight Savings adjustment for the first time as a mother. My baby was already a shocking cat-napper, and she was just entering a stage of waking more often during the night. The thought of yet more disruption and … Continue reading How to Manage the Daylight Savings Adjustment with Children

How a School Teacher’s Wedding Became a Beautiful Lesson

On a gusty Friday afternoon, with our umbrellas in hand, my 8-year-old daughter and I braved unseasonal heavy downpours to attend a very special wedding. I remember, as an 8-year-old girl, being enthralled by everything to do with weddings. The flowers, the romance, the fairytales, and especially the bridal dresses. My daughter is just as fascinated with weddings, and was … Continue reading How a School Teacher’s Wedding Became a Beautiful Lesson