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December 3, 2016
Hand Written Notes and Carousel Ponies

We are in that sweet spot between Thanksgiving and Christmas, where it seems that everything around us takes a soft curve—or a sharp right turn—from a spirit of gratitude to over-consumption. I don’t know about your family, but at my house, there are only a few hours between being thankful for what we have on […]

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September 8, 2015
Pinterest Fail: How I Nearly Ruined My Son's Birthday Party

I very nearly ruined my son’s birthday party with my own grand ideas and a game I found on Pinterest. Ah, Pinterest. Ever my nemesis. Yesterday was Tucker’s birthday party: the big 1-0. That’s two full hands, you guys. All ten fingers are now necessary to display his age. Fifteen boys joined us at Dart […]

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September 5, 2015
How To Talk To Your Children About Grief, Loss, and Death

My husband died when my children were three and five years old. I realize that’s a sudden and abrupt way to start, but it happened to us very suddenly and abruptly, and I’ve rarely found a way to ease into that introduction. Death came to our home in only twelve hours. Emergency room doctors diagnosed […]

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August 28, 2015
A Love Note To Single Moms

I never intended to be a single mom, but then I guess not many of us in this tribe aimed for this title. I’m rounding out four and a half years of flying solo, and I feel like I’m finally finding my groove. Or maybe it’s just a good week, or I’m basking in the […]

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August 25, 2015
How To Love Your Child's Teacher

Among the ranks of elementary teachers, it’s pretty safe to say: once a teacher, always a teacher. I taught third grade and kindergarten before my children were born, and I was the quintessential elementary teacher. With a lifetime’s aspirations and my degree finally in hand, I embraced it all: right down to the plaid jumpers […]

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July 31, 2015
Five Ways Introverts Can Choose to Love When They Just Want to Disappear

At least once a week, I come across the newest post on How To Love Your Introvert. Each article touches a little bit on the psychology of needing to be alone, offers something about the physiology of an overwhelmed brain, and then gives practical tips for how someone might love the person in her circle […]

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July 14, 2015
Man's Perspective: Like Rubies in my Pocket

“How great it is to belong to the beautiful half of society?” Well, now there’s a question. I didn’t even know how to answer, but I wanted to know how he divided society into these two kinds of people. There are beautiful truths you can learn in a vulnerable, intimate conversation with a man who […]

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July 1, 2015
This One Important Thing

To read this article in its entirety with PJ Parenting, click here. I was drinking iced coffees at Starbucks with my agent, whom I love deeply and implicitly for more reasons than just the fact that he launched my career. He asked me, “Trish, how will you redeem this #BrokenFootSummer? How does a writer make […]

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June 30, 2015
4 Things I Learned When My Toddler Locked Me In His Bedroom

It's a blast from the past, you guys: one of the favorites from the archives of my life as a young(er) mom.  Only this time, it's going live to the world - with a twist.  Read to remember, or read to experience it all for the first time. * * * The headline is this: […]

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June 4, 2015
4 Ways To Help Someone in Crisis

I’m not particularly qualified by profession or education to offer counseling or therapy, wisdom or advice. I don’t have a doctorate or a master’s degree, I’m not a theologian or philosopher, and I can’t talk about the economy or politics or the universe. I will say, though, it is widely known in my small circle […]

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May 26, 2015
Finally, Boys Explained.

Click here for my post in this week's Lifestyle Column on PJ Media: Finally, Boys Explained: If It's Fun, Let's Make It Dangerous

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