Tag: children

I Have Nowhere To Go

Recently published at Parent.co in this essay, I share what our mornings are like these days. The arrangement feels so official, we actually built a more attractive looking tent for our wild guy. Click here to read it at Parent.co Enjoy!  

Sad Haikus

These are from earlier in the week. The memories move back and forth in my heart, sometimes at the front, sometimes at the back, always there. My peace is the belief in the communion of saints. As C.S. Lewis writes about the mother, it is “a comfort to the eternal

How I settle in at home

There is a reliable course I follow to settle back into home following a hospitalization. First, I unpack. If I do not unpack immediately, it can take weeks. It is so unsatisfying to spend two weeks procrastinating unpacking, finally unpack, and then have to leave again. Better to get it out

Managing a hospitalization with little ones at home

I often think about how, in some ways, emotionally managing Peter’s condition is easier because I can compare him to my other children. Having other healthy children has protected me from the self-blame, and shown me Peter is learning and growing like a normal, non-medically complicated child. That said, there

Transitioning to life after admission

I have shared with you my tips on surviving an emergency department visit and a long hospitalization. If you have experienced these things, I am sorry. They are life changing and unquestionably difficult things to go through. If you made it through these experiences, but tragically, your little one did

Surviving your child’s hospital admission, part 2

Last time I shared with you about how to care for your emotional, volitional and intellectual needs. Today we move forward, considering how to care for your physical, social, and spiritual needs. Physical Aspect Maintaining physical health and energy is vital for you to support your child in the way

Surviving your child’s hospital admission

Part 1 If your Emergency Department visit concludes with admission to the hospital, there are ways to make the best of it. The first eleven days we spent in the hospital felt longer than all the months after. The age and severity of your child’s needs influence how much you

How to survive the ER

For other piece in this series, click below: How to Survive the ER Surviving your child’s hospital admission, Part 1 and Part 2 Transitioning to life after admission Managing a hospitalization with little ones at home After spending nine hours in the Emergency Department (ED) yesterday, I feel it worthwhile

A solution to the toddler-book-decor dilemma: bookshelf reveal!

If you have young children and a yen to decorate you know how young children push you to adapt. I have been in search of a way to store my children’s books. I tried a traditional bookshelf a few years ago. That ended quickly. You’d be amazed how difficult it

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all are having an amazing holiday. I’m taking these moments before nap time to reflect on what has taken place today and yesterday. We decided early on we would attend Christmas Eve mass. I desired a concrete beginning of Christmas for the children. Following Catholic traditions which

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