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A Bonafide Canine Miracle

Our precious two-year-old dachshund, Flash Gordon, relaxing on the couch between heroics.

So it is nearly Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday and a particularly opportune moment for giving thanks, and I just have to share this story.

If you are a "repeat reader" here (and if so, YAY!, THANK YOU!!), you probably noticed our little family has had a particularly challenging year. It is also ridiculously easy to trace back to when the trouble was...
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Emotions

Rain PTSD (and other hurricane related things)

What my childhood home (my parents' current home) looks like at the moment, after hurricane Harvey's visit this past August.

It's been approximately two and a half months since hurricane Harvey hit my home city of Houston, TX (along with lots of other cities that were on its ad hoc southern tour schedule).

Yet still, every time the sky opens up and doesn't stop right away - like, immediately, NOW - I am on the...
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Abusive

How Can We Honor Narcissistic Parents???

In the first article, Honoring Narcissistic Parents!?!, we discussed exactly what honor means and, more importantly, what it does not mean ( obeying them blindly.) Please read it before diving into this article; it sets the foundation.

In this article, we'll figure out exactly how we can still honor narcissistic parents without compromising our mental health nor breaking "No Contact."
What Others Are Saying
When I mentioned the topic of "honoring parents" on Facebook, many of my children-of-narcissists friends instantly expressed interest. It's a...
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Animal Mentors

What Animals Have Taught Me About My Childhood

Pearl, my parrot, investigates Dr. Verdolin's new book, "Raised by Animals."

I learn a lot from animals every single day - this mostly on account of how I live with three of them, a parrot, a turtle and a tortoise and am auntie to a fourth, a dachshund puppy.

For instance, animals have helped me better understand my instincts and habits and where they might have originated from, especially the ancient fight-or-flight...
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parenting

Girls Can Play With Boys, Too!

While I usually write about practical ways parents can play with their children, I think it's just as important to write about how parents can influence and redirect playfulness. Refusing to conform to traditional gender roles while their children play with friends and peers, is one way in which parents can help.

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parenting

How Do I Get My Kids to Stop Swearing? (Reader Question)


Here's the latest anonymous question from one of my readers:

My kids are 9 and 6, and they’ve been swearing more lately. I try not to make a big deal about it lest they use the words more often to get attention, but some of the language they are "trying out" is truly inappropriate and offensive. Most of this happens at home with just our family around (thankfully). How do I address this in...
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How to Navigate Difficult Family Relationships

How do you deal with your dysfunctional, toxic, or difficult family members?
The holidays usually mean getting together with family. Family is a blessing in many ways, but it can also present challenges – differing opinions, disrespect, misunderstandings, reminders of past hurts, or plain old getting on each other’s nerves.

If you’re anticipating some challenging situations with your difficult family members this holiday season, you don’t have to feel like a victim....
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