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The Tough Task of Being a Daughter
I have been told I'm the kind of person you wish you could stick around with, because people see me like a lightning bug; someone who knows how to guide them in their darkest nights. While I can cheer...
Darcy Kerrigan8 hours ago
Old Flames
Four months spent in Denmark, and not a single moody day. No tears, no anger, just the usual comical, Irish temper I get from my dad. The kind with muttered short and stuttered, ‘stupidfrickindumb,’ u...
Jodi Roberts7 days ago
My Husband Killed Me
I will start by saying to all the people in my life, "I am sorry!" I thought he loved me, some of you knew that I was wrong, but I really thought he did. Fifteen years; next month we would have celebr...
Jade Pulman15 days ago
Dealing with Your Family When Sickness Strikes
It's never easy dealing with an illness; particularly if one of our family members is suffering. We want to help the sick household members feel better. Being the caregiver for another human (or even ...
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Sasha McGregor20 days ago
Fabulous Dining Ideas to Promote Dinner Table Conversation
Promoting strong family ties is a must do for many parents. Parents look to bring together kids and mom and dad for fun conversations where everyone feels comfortable. A family dinner makes the ideal ...
Alyssa Horn25 days ago
I'm Sorry I'm Not the Perfect Daughter...
I was by no means the perfect daughter in my early twenties, and growing up I tried so hard to make my family proud, but no matter what I did it was no use, because my dad wanted no reminders of my bi...
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Clare Scanlana month ago
Family Court Review
On 21st May 2019, the British Government announced there would be a review of the family courts and how they do not protect children from abusive fathers. The review will be run by Ministry of Justice...
Shannon Davies2 months ago
My Life, My Choice
I lay here in the dark listening to my lovely fiancé snoring and light breathing, watching his chest rise and fall, although not wanting to close my eyes as not wanting to miss a second of this lovely...
irene tijam2 months ago
My First-Born Has Encountered Seven Terrifying Incidents While Growing Up
Raising children is the most challenging and toughest job on earth. Children are prone to all kinds of accidents which sometimes are life threatening. You have to keep your sanity while raising them. ...
Adnan Mustafa 2 months ago
Non-Violent Conflict
Have you ever heard of a nonviolent conflict? It’s a conflict that happens without promoting any form of violence whether verbally or physically. Some might have a question regarding how a verbal conf...
Mikaela Call2 months ago
The Apartment
On a warm autumn evening, I perched atop the highest branch of my favorite apricot tree, watching the sun fall below the mountain peaks. The sky was a delicate pink. The beauty of rural Utah awed my y...
Brandy Letourneau2 months ago
Heart Strings
I know there’s no such thing as a perfect family—mine sure as hell isn’t. I’m the middle child in a family of three. According to my mom, I used to be a wicked momma's girl and had to be with her all ...
Zay Moore2 months ago
On a Different Planet
When I think back on my childhood, I feel too many emotions to name. I was born into a very small, fragile family; a family that was passing down generations of hurt and confusion, PERIOD. Why? I don’...
Monique Star2 months ago
The Risk of Feigning Normality
You are at dinner with your family, silently taking pride in your current ability to pretend you’ve grown up. You are silently eating your food, while taking in some of the conversations going on between relatives apart from the moments you are addressed. Eventually, your brother brings up instances where you’d erupt in vexation, if the thread you were gripping on were to break. Everyone else at the table laughs and tries to pull you into the sea of sniggering, as you witness your brother take p...
Anna Lucia3 months ago
How I Recognized that Narcissism Shaped My Adult Self and Who I Am…
There are some unique symptoms that fit a child of a narcissist. For me personally, whenever I read about the characteristics that an adult child develops over their lifetime, they almost always fit m...
Kayla Triplett4 months ago
Get to Know Me (My Crazy Life) Pt. 1
" When you go in search of honey, you must expect to be stung by bees." -Joseph Joubert
Jenn Melon5 months ago
Managing in Negative 20 Degree Weather
On January 30, 2019 , Chicago’s weather greatly decreased to a low of -21 degrees. All schools were cancelled for that Wednesday. Oddly enough, it did not snow much that day, though there was snow on ...
Krystal Rowden5 months ago
The Unforgettable Disease
We all have memories from our childhood—some we aren't as fond of as others. I can remember when I was three-years-old. I was a very active maybe some would call overactive. My father had a good job t...