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Erika Pech44 minutes ago
Knowing That You're Good Enough
Growing up when I was younger was relatively easy from about one year of age to about six years of age. Both of my parents worked, but my mom was the one who was able to keep a steady job, while my da...
Jocelyn Leean hour ago
Red Velvet
The gravel grumbled beneath the car's tires as she pulled us into the parking lot - the gospel music she insisted on playing before service quickly dwindled down in decibels - no longer audible as she...
Shante Hernandez2 hours ago
My Wonderful Family
This a picture of my family and I on my wedding day. As you can see, we can't be serious for pics sometimes. But this story is about my crazy and funny family. Some of my family members are not in the...
Andrea Dawson5 hours ago
6 Enjoyable Ways to Bring Your Family Closer Together
Some families drift apart once all the kids have grown up. They only speak to each other on special occasions. Nobody even picks up the phone on a Sunday afternoon. Is this what you want to happen to ...
Natasha Lalonde5 hours ago
He's the Reason I Always Wear Rubber Boots
I couldn’t hear a word he was saying. His mouth was moving in slow motion, spit barreling out and riding the air. His soul, painted four shades darker today, was flashing warning signals at me from wi...
Life as a Daughter of Agent Orange, Part 6
Later this week my dad will be going into surgery to fix a problem caused by him not following post-surgery orders nearly a year ago (that is a chapter all on its own!). With this surgery looming on t...
Layne Radlauer5 days ago
A Hard Rain
We heard the news. On this night, my mother was in Los Angeles at a “quit smoking” resort (she still smokes.) My brother, Franz, had come to join us. Pointer, our family friend, also decided to enjoy ...
Yvonne Glasgow14 days ago
How to Help Your Kids Be More Creative
Creativity is so important, for adults and for children. Without creativity, I don’t know how I’d get through each day. Luckily, my mom allowed me to be creative when I was a kid and pushed me to use ...
Maci Sinclair22 days ago
4 Things I Wish I Knew About Becoming a Mom
Being a mom is the best feeling in the world. You get these beautiful creatures and wonder how you got so lucky. Of course you'd do anything for them and all that mushy, sweet stuff everyone always sa...
Kayla Hilliarda month ago
5 Things I Have Learned About Being a Stay at Home Parent
Parents all around the world stay at home to take care of their children. Whether it's a decision made by both parents or just as a result of wanting to be home with the kids. Stay at home parents don...
Samantha Reida month ago
8 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Teenagers and Young Adults
Christmas is that time of year where most people stress about what to get their children. Sometimes their child is picky. Sometimes they already have everything that they could want. But when it comes...
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Alyssa Millera month ago
The First Trimester Is NO Fun
Just a quick pre-warning, this post will be honestly detailing what it has been like for me being pregnant in the first trimester. Pregnancy. It's supposed to be a wonderful time and experience no? We...
Kids Say the Darndest Things
The unfiltered truths from the fruits of our loins. And the creepiest things they've ever said. Help?
Parenting Wars
Do or do not - there is no try. The ins and outs of one of the most difficult jobs on earth: parenting.
Nature vs. Nurture
What plays into our humanity? Nature vs. Nurture – how two factors affect one individual.
On Death, Trauma, and Self-Forgiveness
On Sunday, February 4, it will be 13 years since my stepfather died of an overdose. It seems like yesterday, as all life-changing events typically do. I would’ve been 9-years-old, and don’t remember f...
Whitney King5 days ago
My Life and How Rough It Has Been
My name is Whitney King and I am 22-years-old. Personally all the roughness of my life started when I was eight-years-old. Well that's when the actual pain started. I was abandoned by the man I though...
Rheana Roose13 days ago
A Road Less Traveled: Chapter 2
Okay, so let's rewind here a little bit. I know, I know, I am keeping you waiting. Suck it up, we will get there soon enough. As a female, somewhere on the "normal" spectrum, I had always fantasized a...
Carly McCullough7 hours ago
A Letter to My Little Sisters
To the three most important girls in my life, Look, girls, I know I'm still young myself but your big sister has seen enough of this big bad world to be able to give you some advice. Please read caref...
Milica Markovic7 days ago
When Is It Okay to Lie to Our Children?
It’s no secret that parents aren’t always completely honest with their children, whether to keep them sheltered from harsh realities or for their own wellbeing. Telling tall tales about mythical chara...
Jessica Bates9 days ago
Stop Shaming Me for Being a Stay-At-Home Mom
I’m a stay-at-home mom, and recently I was at a small family get together when someone said, “Women need a career to hold on to.” I turned to my husband and sarcastically said, “I’m happy holding on t...
Dain Kerna month ago
Effects of Corporal Punishment
Many Americans believe that physical punishment is effective and harmless, despite what research shows. This form of discipline can mentally damage a child in a number of ways. Physical punishment use...
Sapphire Ravenclaw2 months ago
Shared Birthdays
Given that there are more than 7 billion people on the planet and only 365 (or 366) days in a year, it is clearly impossible for every person in the world to have a different birthday. Taking smaller ...
Helen Copley2 months ago
My Best Friend
I guess I better start with where it all began, meeting my best friend. I had just moved house and met pretty much all of my neighbours on the same day. This particular neighbour almost ran me over ex...
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Erika Pech44 minutes ago
Knowing That You're Good Enough
Growing up when I was younger was relatively easy from about one year of age to about six years of age. Both of my parents worked, but my mom was the one who was able to keep a steady job, while my da...
Natasha Lalonde5 hours ago
He's the Reason I Always Wear Rubber Boots
I couldn’t hear a word he was saying. His mouth was moving in slow motion, spit barreling out and riding the air. His soul, painted four shades darker today, was flashing warning signals at me from wi...
Life as a Daughter of Agent Orange, Part 6
Later this week my dad will be going into surgery to fix a problem caused by him not following post-surgery orders nearly a year ago (that is a chapter all on its own!). With this surgery looming on t...
Paul Rooney7 hours ago
The Trials and Tribulations of a Stay at Home Dad
On my first day as a stay at home Dad, I felt like an impostor. I’d spent years watching my wife make bringing up little people look easy; from her boundless patience to her never-ending supply of rai...
A Mother's Fear of Not Doing Enough
I have a two-year-old. In October, she will be three—and so on each year she will get older. Recently I took "stress leave" from work. I am currently doing a career change (I guess I can call it that)...
Jillian Daily2 days ago
Babies
Let’s be real. Babies are small, they don’t do much... except roll around, poop, and eat. So how do we entertain them? Well... in my last eleven months of parenthood... I have come to one conclusion. ...
Only God Knows Why
On this day, the trees were changing from that nasty greenish brown color to the beautiful autumn orangey yellow color. There were freshly carved pumpkins sitting outside the doors of the houses. The ...
Olympia Pav4 days ago
The Loss
Losing sucks. But losing "someone" in your life is a different story. We have all lost a soccer game or a game of monopoly with friends, but losing a loved one is hard, especially at fifteen years old...
Sidra Lestrade4 days ago
The Other Side
"I didn't have enough time," the man said to the other. "We all have enough time," said the man behind the desk. "You just chose to use yours differently." Harold was 57, a young 57-year-old man. He h...
Andrea Dawson5 hours ago
6 Enjoyable Ways to Bring Your Family Closer Together
Some families drift apart once all the kids have grown up. They only speak to each other on special occasions. Nobody even picks up the phone on a Sunday afternoon. Is this what you want to happen to ...
Andrea Dawsona month ago
How to Create an Emergency Plan for Older Parents
I have recently babysat my friend’s toddlers because she had to tend to her mother who suffered a domestic accident. Unfortunately, she was severely hurt. After dealing with the aftermath of this even...
Elisabeth Basford3 months ago
How Do I Get My Child Into Reading?
How Do I Get My Child Into Reading? The recent changes to GCSE English Language and Literature require a very high level of reading ability. Not only is it important to be able to read very lengthy an...
Shante Hernandez2 hours ago
My Wonderful Family
This a picture of my family and I on my wedding day. As you can see, we can't be serious for pics sometimes. But this story is about my crazy and funny family. Some of my family members are not in the...
Kayla Parani2 days ago
Is It Worth It?
There comes a time in life when you sit back and wonder, “is it worth it?” I’m not talking about your life, no, I’m talking about the life of someone you love, and the decisions you have to make with ...
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Brooke Downey3 days ago
My Not So "Perfect" Life
Hello, my name is Downey. Brooke Downey. I am 17 years old, I live in Ontario, Canada in a Women's Shelter, and grew up in my area of Stayner for all of my life until just a little bit ago. I currentl...
Hillari Hunter7 days ago
Half-Sibling and Full Trouble
As my oldest half-sister passed me on the way out of probate court, she hissed to me that she wished I was in a coma. Our stepmother lay in a coma in a nursing facility, the result of an accident she ...
Sarah Hale12 days ago
Making Changes
As the older sibling it was always my duty to step in and help where I could, but over the years (and as my brothers grew up) the roles switched and I had sort of been in a downward spiral ever since. I was living in a rundown apartment; the cheapest I could find that wasn't on the news every other day because someone was shot or killed there. I had just lost my dream job. I was living with roomates who just didn't seem to get the situation and my boyfriend was struggling to help me make ends me...
Megan Beech3 days ago
Family Differences
I love my family, don’t get me wrong. I consider them to be one of the most important things in my life—maybe even the most important thing! My family has carried me through everything—my depression, ...
Bethany Sneed4 days ago
Getting Kicked Out
Getting Kicked Out: A story about how I got kicked out of my boyfriend's family and how life went downhill from there. Few things first: Learn from my mistakes, don't let people take advantage of you,...
Melody Rauscher13 days ago
What Makes a Family
This holiday season, everyone talks and talks about family. Bonding with family, visiting family, etc. It always gets me thinking about what a family is. Who are my aunts, my uncles, my cousins, my gr...
Love Always, Grandma
A new favorite song of mine is "Pray" by Sam Smith. I don't know if you've heard it or not, but if you haven't you definitely need to. He sings about how he doesn't go to church and that he's never be...
Jim Varga15 days ago
Memories Soon to Be Forgotten
On the 21st of December, as I rushed out the front doors of my now deserted dormitory, army duffle of laundry slung over my shoulders, the cold Milwaukee slush sloshing beneath my boots, into my famil...
Avi Sato16 days ago
War Stories
They tell me that war changes men, makes them wild. That's only the weak ones, though. He was sad when it was unavoidable, happy when it was ended. A lifetime of harsh realities, defeated by laughter....