Category: Family

Family

A Father and Child Reunion (An essay on a father. And forgiveness.)

By Jennifer Norstrom Silbert Exactly one year ago tonight, my brothers, their wives, and I were standing vigil over my dad’s hospice bed at my parents’ home in Wisconsin.   We expected, but didn’t know for sure, that Dad wouldn’t make it through the night. His cancer had roared back into his life just three weeks

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Family

25+ Fun Things to Do with Your Adult Kids (after they leave the nest)

On my recent reader survey someone asked, “What kind of activities do you and  Tony-Bear do with your adult kids now that your nest is empty?” I wonder if she really meant to ask: “How do you get your kids to come visit once they’re ‘grown and flown?’” Host “Family Suppers” This was actually our middle-child’s

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Killing Her Softly: Image of a dog in a cone
Family

Killing Her Softly (On losing a pet)

For Karen…and Toby Note: If you can’t stand sad animal stories or if you’re at work, “x” out of here quick like a bunny. If on the other hand, you feel in need of a soul-soaking tear flood, read on. I’m running this post-from-the-past at the request of a dear friend. She recently lost her

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When Dad Is Bad: silhouettes of a mother and two children separated from their father
Child Sexual Abuse

(Sexual) Crimes Against Children: When Dad Is Bad (or Mom)

(Anonymous) Guest Post As the mother of a child who was sexually abused by her father, I frequently find myself being asked questions that I consider…well… odd.   But to the Foreigner [the word I use to describe someone who has no idea of the pain we’ve lived through, and praise the Lord, will never

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Diane,child sexual abuse prevention expert, standing on beach
Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse prevention: best practices

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, this topic is very important to me. And since one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18 (according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), this issue should

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Love, look at the 2 of us: Image of bride and groom kissing
Family

Love, Look at the Two of Us (and our perfectly imperfect wedding)

More than once my cousin Lois Ann asked me to attend her winter wedding. She and I reconnected last year when my mother’s health began to fail. During Mom’s final week, Lois texted me often with encouragement and support. Since I rarely left Mom’s apartment, the fabulous gourmet food basket Lois sent came in very

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The Good Wife: Image of a young couple at their wedding.
Family

The Good Wife (How email saved my marriage)

The first marriage conference Tony and I attended was pretty much a fiasco. Suffice it to say, our car was silent on the drive home. The window I rested my cheek on felt cool which was a good thing since my face was flushed from all the emotions simmering inside of me. Was our marriage

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