Discussions with a non-parent about how a single mom may not be the most nurturing parent available for her child, disturbs my inner peace. In the same conversation, he’d indicated a knowledge above and beyond his ability to provide the best education for a child, leaving me with an unexpressed desire to obliterate his arrogance. But, I held my tongue. As a single mom, I’ve been the mom who walked out the door, ears burning from the sound of my baby crying as I left. Reentering later only to hear the same child still screaming in agony because I was … Continue reading
When the job is bringing stress to your life and you can’t quite find a way out from under the negative affects of stress, you end up with on the job burn out… What can you do about that?
Having children in your home often means that you’re busier than a one arm paper hanger in a dancing contest… Or, so Rob used to remind me when I still had four of them home schooling. The dance… Usually time motivated, was more fun once I realized I didn’t have to do it all. And… it didn’t have to be done today. You see, Jan, my biggest challenge as a home school mom was being a single parent. Not only did I have to work enough hours every day to keep food on the table, but if for thirty minutes … Continue reading
By Jo Linsdell Jo Linsdell is the author and illustrator of the rhyming children’s picture book OUT AND ABOUT AT THE ZOO. Find out more about her at www.JoLinsdell.com Over the long summer months kids often get bored and the stress levels of parents tend to go up a notch or two. When it comes to finding activities to keep the kids busy and the whole family happy, a trip to the zoo is just what the Doctor ordered. Not only an enjoyable day out for the whole family, a trip to the zoo gives the opportunity to educate your … Continue reading
More and more often recently, I’ve noticed abusers find their next victim, while still connected or at least in contact with the previous victim. Has anyone else noticed that? One particular abuser, a neighbor who had been physically violent in the home, was removed by the police and before he was out of jail, he’d already found his next victim. The wife, my neighbor, Jenny, refused to let him come back, even to visit their children. She arranged to drop the children off with a supervisor and he was allowed to see them for an hour or so at a … Continue reading
Recently, a young woman walked into my office. Her tears were evidence of her real emotional trauma. Her struggle had been on going and long term. She’d struggled with turning her stalker in to the police, because it was her biological father.
When I was a kid, I thought money grew on trees. Seriously, I did. My parents lived on the wrong side of town. You know, the side where money wasn’t an issue… We simply didn’t have any. But whenever we needed something really bad, the money just appeared. People laugh when I say this, but it really did appear as if by magic.