Big was 7 and, still believing in Santa, gathered around the Thanksgiving table with both sets of grandparents for some pie.  Her attention turned to Christmas (because, seven) and she talked about how great Christmas was the year before. ...
‘Tis the season to be streaming!  There are so many Christmas movies to fit into one short month.  With all of the Grinches, iterations of Christmas plus a prince on Netflix, and holiday specials for every franchise, it can...
When you think back to your childhood, what holiday traditions do you remember the most?  Which ones did you love? Which ones did you hate?   I am positive that as my mom reads this, she can tell you exactly...
If I hear the phrase “Out of an abundance of caution...” one more time, I might scream! In a year where it feels like everything has been canceled, many of us are trying to figure out how to keep the...
He’s 11. For 11 years he went on whole-heartedly believing in Santa. It happened for my son out of the blue on an October day. It wasn’t even the Christmas holiday season, but for some reason, his curiosity had been...
Christmas is supposed to be a joyous season. They say “it’s the most wonderful time of the year”. But that is not always the case for those co-parenting through the holidays. You are already getting to only spend 50...
Christmas is often such a magical time of the year--the lights, the food, the gifts, the special feeling that comes with being with family and giving. It would be regrettable to gloss over the fact that Christmas is not always...
It’s the busiest most wonderful time of the year!  Classroom parties, work potlucks, and family get-togethers dot the holiday season.  Many of these events ask that you bring some goodies to share, but what to do when you...
Dear Husband, With the holidays fast approaching I want to let you in on a little secret. Although I am proud to be the parent who remembers the kids' sizes, favorite colors, and the newest styles, and even though I...
Trying to get on top of organizing my home with Christmas coming makes me want to scream, “INCOMING!!!” I have three girls. We have many, many bins. We have shelves, drawers, and cupboards. We have an entire basement. Do you...
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The “Stigma” of Testing Positive for COVID-19

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COVID-19.  You can’t turn on the news or scroll through social media without hearing or seeing the word.   We’ve spent the last year and a...