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I recently assigned my upperclassmen a COVID-19 mental health check. As a health science teacher, I take responsibility for checking on my students emotionally. I asked them to write a mini-essay on three things: How has your life been...
I've always made new year's resolutions but never kept them. Oftentimes, I don't remember what they are by the time the year ends. This year, I didn't even try. There's enough pressure in 2021. But, I started thinking that...
*Fade into Infomercial* Do you find yourself raising your voice when you'd rather not? Do you identify with the wah-wah-wah teacher from Charlie Brown more than the other characters? Are you invisible, without donning a cloak of invisibility? Do you have kids that...
You walk in the door with a purse across your body, gym bag on your shoulder, arms loaded down with groceries, a cup in your hand. You're overwhelmed by a toddler teetering on two feet saying, “Mommy! Mommy!” and...
A few years ago you wouldn’t have seen what you see on the Internet today. You especially wouldn’t have seen therapy talked about so openly -- on the web or in person. Times have changed. People’s mental health has...
Forged in a Pandemic

Forged in a Pandemic

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Well, here we are. Dipping our toes into the unknown waters of 2021, the promise of a return to normal still ahead of us but not yet within reach. I don't know about you, but it's not quite what I...
Whether you waited until your baby was born, found out with a blood test, had a fancy gender reveal party, or found out in an ultrasound, I think all moms would agree that finding out the gender of your...
After the insanely crazy and unexpected year that 2020 brought, I think everyone is more than ready for a new start. While many of us had to adapt and make the best of the past year, surely 2021 can’t...
If I had a nickel for every time I got asked if my girls were twins, I'd be rich. Let's rewind to five years ago when I was happily and finally pregnant with my first child. I had been married...
Recipe for Hope

Recipe for Hope

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"Here they come," I think to myself as that familiar heat creeps into the corners of my eyes. I blink to fight them back, but it's no use. The salty tears well up. I can't hold them back anymore....
I would love to write a post about how great virtual school has been going, how I have all figured out working from home and that we are smooth sailing right on through 2020. But I would be lying...mostly....
“You kids should know, your mom did not learn to cook from me!” said my mother, sitting at my kitchen table. My parents were visiting from out of town, and while they often enjoy treating us to restaurants while they...

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