What Is Normal? As a kid, I often wondered what my uncle would have been like if he was “normal.” I never knew him well, because I was told on separate occasions that he was dead, or missing, or crazy....
Secure attachments to other humans are vital. It's Mental Health Awareness Month, and I want to bring to light how humans fare better with safe, secure attachments to people (i.e., we don't do well in isolation—no man is an...
Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault You would think a traumatic experience that happened 20 years ago wouldn't be on my mind on a daily basis. And it's not, actually. But it has affected me and still affects me in ways that aren't...
Five and half years ago, I stepped off a 14-hour plane from Hong Kong with my husband and newly adopted baby boy. As we left Customs and Immigration, I remember standing behind those double doors that open at DFW...
Sobriety is not a topic you would immediately expect to see when it comes to motherhood, but maybe it should be. Stigmas around alcoholism and motherhood, and misconceptions around sobriety may be to blame. Regardless, the topic is an...
A child's learning difference presents new challenges in child-rearing. We parents generally have the same goal for our children, don’t we? We just want them to be happy, healthy, functioning humans now and for a lifetime.  Whether at school, home, or...
Each year on April 7, the World Health Organization celebrates its anniversary with World Health Day! Each year on this day, the WHO seeks to draw attention to a specific health issue that concerns people all over the world. This...
One of my fondest memories growing up is walking home from school. After the long cold winters in Chicago, walking home meant spring had officially arrived. My grandmother would meet me on the corner, and we would walk home...

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