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When Guinea Pigs Die

When Guinea Pigs Die

Our guinea pigs died this November. On election day. Crazy, right? If it had been any other random day in November, I surely would not have remembered the date. People have laughed when I told them that the pigs went from happily sleeping and eating the day before to dying the next. On election day.  My […]

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After Mom Passes: What to Expect

Our mothers are the tough, loving, admirable and hard-working women who raised us, defined in so many different ways. The person who nourished and raised us as a baby, rocking and feeding us at all hours of the night. The woman who coaxed us on your first day of school and waited for us as we came off the bus. Someone […]

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When Grandparents Die

When Grandparents Die

Death is often times an uncomfortable subject, one that a lot of people don’t like to talk about. It’s inevitable – all living things die – but it doesn’t make it any easier to discuss or ponder. Explaining it to a young child makes it even harder. My father-in-law, Roger, recently passed away after a […]

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Teaching Kids About Death, Dying and Funerals

Teaching Kids About Death, Dying and Funerals

Sometimes my kids ask me relatively simple questions to answer. A case in point: “Do zombies poop their pants, Mom?” Since zombies aren’t functioning at the highest level, I assume they aren’t too focused on making it to the toilet on time. When I told my boys that yes, I think zombies do poop their […]

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Books for Tough Topics

I’d like to think that because I’m 28 years ahead of my oldest daughter, I have mature answers to all her questions, intelligent explanations to her curiosities and calming responses to her intense emotions. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case! I’d like to think I can craft the age appropriate words to handle tough topics. Again, definitely not the […]

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I Miss You, Dad

Dear Dad, You died 16 years ago tomorrow. I’m not sure you’d recognize my life now. I’m approaching an era in which I’ve lived more life without you than with you. After you died, I looked for you everywhere I went: in my dreams when you’d visit before I woke up to realize you’re still dead, in […]

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9/11-KC Moms Remember

It’s hard to believe that it’s been twelve years since planes flew into the Twin Towers in New York City. I think we all remember exactly where we were when we learned about the attacks. For me, I remember coming out of my dorm bathroom and a girl on my floor came running out of […]

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