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Helping My Daughter Know the Uncle She'll Never Meet

Helping My Daughter Know the Uncle She’ll Never Meet

  My daughter’s middle name–Frances–is a celebration of someone she’ll never meet: my brother, her Uncle Francis. Three years older than me and way cooler, he would have been The Fun Uncle. He would have cherished his role, and my daughter would have spent holidays and birthdays and visits absorbing the love of her uncle. Six-and-a-half […]

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The Day My Child Found A Gun

Starting Difficult Conversations :: Kids & Firearms

It wasn’t a conversation I was ready to have. My kids are so young, babies really, and I thought I still had a few more years before broaching this subject. But I was abruptly brought into a new reality the day my one-year-old discovered a shotgun. It started as a normal day, my kids and […]

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The “Rude” Behavior I’m Teaching My Kids {Sexual Abuse Prevention}

My kids are being raised in an extremely affectionate family. We exchange hugs and kisses 24/7; we have secret family handshakes and our own family vernacular. But my babies are growing up, and they’ve reached an age that necessitates difficult conversations about how not every touch from an adult or a “friend” is always innocent. They don’t […]

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Why We Don’t Allow Sleepovers

For my seventh birthday, I had three of my best girlfriends spend the night. We ordered pizza, ate cake, and painted each others’ nails. It was fun and completely innocent. As my oldest child approaches five years old, he loves to inform me about all of the various birthday parties he will have. Lasertag, bowling, and trampoline […]

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