So many mothers-to-be have told me just how unprepared they were for the emotional side of pregnancy. The physical effects were obvious enough, but apparently not everyone knew that the crazy hormone cocktail the pregnant body is continually swilling can momentarily propel even the most relaxed, jovial mommy-to-be into states of belligerence, hopelessness, or fury over things … [Read more...] about How to Handle Hormone Hell During Pregnancy
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Most people are ashamed of family violence. Ashamed that it happens in our communities, ashamed to be victims, ashamed to be perpetrators. So naturally, with all this shame silencing everyone, it’s hard to know what family violence really is. Lack of concrete details of the events that occur behind closed doors makes it easy to dismiss a vague charge of abuse as a slap … [Read more...] about Where Do You Draw The Line Between Discipline And Assault?
The other day I was walking my two dogs on our street. My son was walking with me. Before we left the house, he had asked if he could bring a chocolate milk with him and drink it on the walk. I said yes and thought nothing of it. As we were walking, the plastic that covers the straw, which my son had removed and was carrying in his hand, had gotten away from him and blew into … [Read more...] about Safety Scares: Children With Autism Require Extra Awareness
My German Sheppard Velvet is in heat. I meant to get her fixed, and I missed the window. Her brother, Thunder, has been going nuts! He’s like a teenage boy at the Playboy Mansion! We have been carefully separating them, but they are so attached to each other that they howl when they're apart. They have never been apart and have never wanted each other more than they do now. Of … [Read more...] about Doggy Style