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Deciding to Put my Dog on Meds

My theory is that a few months of medication might help her brain develop new paths, like it did for me. I hope whatever they give her will grant her the ability to walk around without thinking at any moment something terrible will happen.
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The Vulnerability Hangover

With highs come the lows, and then a settling. What now?
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In Defense of My Picky Eater

Like many parents, I saw multiple articles pop up on various news feeds about the study released through Pediatrics yesterday, linking “Selective Eating” to ADHD, anxiety, and depression in children aged 2-5 years. Or, more specifically,…
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CHALK IT UP TO MOTHER’S INTUITION

You start out on journeys to be a writer, hidden in rooms, scribbling in notebooks, hiding them from others. They’re your private thoughts. They’re things you wouldn’t tell a best friend. Then you get published, and it’s the deepest, most confusing exposure.
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Baby Steps

The rain woke me up in the middle of the night and I couldn't go back to sleep. I hadn't heard it in so long, I had to listen. I haven't slept well in a week. I don't know why. There's always something. People outside on skateboards, or a dog…

How to Leave your Separation-Anxiety-Ridden Dog Home Alone in 43 Easy Steps

This is Bodhi. We adopted her from the pound almost two months ago. After having her with us for a couple of weeks, we discovered she did not like being left at home alone. Now, I am not even that knowledgeable or by any means an expert,…
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Surrounded by the Essence of Her

It’s an odd thing to wake up one morning and by the day’s end your family has shrunk a little. Not in a tragic way, thankfully, but by way of summer visit, a leaving for a few weeks, a vacation that I’m a little envious of. I can’t…
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On Being Their Person

“The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.” ― Johnny Depp I dropped my newly-turned 8-year-old daughter off at summer camp this morning. It was in a basement, there were no windows, but they…