Being a single mom is like flying in the trapeze without the security of a safety net. You can’t fall. But if you do, you just get up and make dinner. Case in point: A few years ago, I fell at a...
If you would have asked 17-year-old me what my life would be like at 30 years old, I would have most likely given you an answer that was nowhere near what my life is currently like. Primarily - I would...
There are a few things I wanted to tell you at our 10-year reunion, but since I won't see you in person anytime soon, here's what the women who shaped my formative years need to know.  I've spent time in...
As our family draws closer and closer to another deployment I am preparing as usual. I am updating my emergency information, writing down when and how my husband normally does his chores and setting a monthly alarm for the...
A few years ago we would only share this with our closest friends: we don't celebrate Christmas. We eased our families into our decision not to participate in the tradition. I still decorated for the first couple of years of...
As a lawyer, I often encounter people in the worst moments of their lives. Many times in a consultation, people pour out their pain, their struggles with issues of domestic violence and/or abuse at home or with a significant...
I cried in the grocery store last week. I’m not talking dainty, single droplet tears that can easily be sucked back into your eyeballs. No no, I’m talking giant, crocodile tears, sitting on the floor of the spice aisle...
You’ve gone through it. The rollercoaster of marriage, the ups and downs, the disagreements, the uncomfortable conversations, the hurtful words, the “entanglements,” and in some cases, the abuse. Things have been said that you can’t take back, loving words...
“Which one of you is the best friend?” Neither. “Are you the aunt?” Nope. “Did you pick them out from the orphanage?” No. “Which one of you is the REAL mom?” Both of us. These are all actual questions...
Mothers-in-law get a seriously bad rap. And usually, it's well-deserved. It's much more common to have a weird or completely broken relationship with your MIL than it is to have a good, open relationship. We've all heard our fair share...
To the other woman,  When I first saw your name pop up on my then-husbands phone, I didn't think anything about it. We were in, what I thought, was a good place. I knew he had female friends, so I...
My husband has struggled with depression for most of his life. It’s not unique to our marriage or even his adulthood. Early childhood trauma followed by emotional abuse during adolescence and too many moves to count made it difficult...

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We're a year into the pandemic and, as much as we parents have had to upend our entire lives, our children have had to...