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Check In with Your Children

“They need to be assured that while life is messy, we can all get through it together.”

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Giving Birth & Losing My Mother

I was no longer just a daughter grieving the loss of her mother, but a mother grappling with the possibility that my daughter could one day face a similar fate.

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How to Support a Mama Grieving Her Miscarriage

Photo: Briana Tozour via Unsplash
Authors’s Note: The following article is about miscarriage. Currently, many who suffer miscarriages suffer alone and those who do share their stories often aren’t met with the support they need. This is a PSA as…

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Understanding Miscarriages: 7 Questions Answered by a Doctor

“The keys here are remembering that you are not alone in experiencing miscarriage, and that is normal and healthy to grieve your loss.”

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No Matter How Hard It Is for You

“All I think about is who will take care of them when I’m gone, and if they’ll be taken advantage of or treated badly wherever they are.”

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I Had to Grow up Faster Than I Ever Imagined

“While my friends were out living their best lives, my life suddenly felt like I was parachuted into the middle of a dark jungle, expected to walk down a path I’ve never seen before. With no directions, no map, no flashlight, and definitely no tour guide.”

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10 Things I Wish 17-Year-Old Me Knew

“Life is beautiful and tragic but here are 10 things I wish I knew before I got older and encountered more and more bad life stuff.”

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COVID kids

How to Help Kids That Are Grieving Life before COVID

“If we allow a child their sadness, it doesn’t make sadness bigger, instead, it actually makes the sadness smaller because the child feels understood and validated. And when negative emotions are dealt with early in a child’s life, they learn enduring skills to help them through life’s future bumps and bruises.”

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Mama Grief Runs Deep

“Every winter, grief sneak in like a looming storm cloud. Maybe it’s the earlier sundown; all I know is every winter I spend my nights laying in bed, crying myself to sleep and doubting myself as a mother.”

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13 Fred Rogers Quotes about Kindness That We Need Now More Than Ever

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood when you remember these important words of wisdom.

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Diagnosis Day & The World After

“It had been a long 24 hours. One minute I was in the preschool pick-up line living my best life and the next I was on the phone being told that there was an opening to get Whitman evaluated for autism.”

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Whelp. We’ve Made It to Christmas

“It’s the time of year where one’s heart should grow three sizes and goodwill should be sprinkled like the curse words you use while trying to find the last-minute gift that your child decided was the gift of the year that you did not buy.”

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A Different Kind of Grief

“We aren’t physically suffering a loss. We suffer the loss of a dream we had. We have missed expectations and missed experiences.”

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How to Cope with Pregnancy Loss

“When I lost my twins during the second trimester, I felt as if my body failed me and I failed my babies and my husband. But here what I learned from my own experience with loss and how I have coached my fertility mindfulness clients dealing with their own struggles through pregnancy loss.”

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Black Beauty

“Black Beauty” Is Coming to Disney+

The film will premiere on the streaming service in late 2020. 

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6 Tips & Resources to Help Children Grieve

“By helping your child grieve in a healthy manner, your child can build a new normal, one where happy memories exist with the hope for brighter days.”

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How to Help Your Children Grieve What They’ve Lost during the Pandemic

“The loss of significant life events, coupled with the loss of social contact, predictability, and stability in routines, has led to a real emotional crisis for kids as well as parents.”

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6 Tips for Helping Children Grieve

“Young children need to know that if they have lost someone close, be it friend, pet or family member, it is okay to feel upset and miss the person they are grieving. Here are 6 tips to help them grieve in a healthy way.”

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How to Help a Father Cope with Miscarriage & Infant Death

While men grieve the loss of a baby, society does not typically affirm the depth of their suffering. As a result, many men report feeling extremely isolated. Here are some ways you can help a grieving father.

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What Happens When You Learn Your Child Has Special Needs

The stages of grief are normal when you learn your child has special needs. Here’s what you’ll need to support yourself and your family as you navigate the world with a child that has a disability.

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3 Things Divorced Parents Need to Know

Divorce is always tough but can be especially hard for children. Here are three things every parent, going through a divorce, should know.

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How We Grieve Teaches Our Kids about Grief. Here’s What Parents Should Know

How can we as a community and as parents do our best in these situations—and teach our children to do the same?

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When Did “The Talk” Have to Become about Guns?

“A conversation difficult for adults alone, but now necessary to begin with my daughter.”

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Dear Husband: Here’s Why I’m Happy You Stepped in Poop

“In your head, let’s calmly review the reasons you’re seeing red before addressing your husband.”

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Pink Stops Her Concert to Hug a Grieving Teen & We’re Not Crying, You Are

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Pink rocks.

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This Mom’s Maternity Photo Shoot Honors Her Rainbow Baby in a Stunning Way

This photo shoot captures the intense emotions of having a rainbow baby.

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This Sweet Letter from a Kid to His Teacher Is Anything But “The Dog Ate My Homework”

This sweet note to his teacher was anything but “the dog ate my homework.”

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This Is How Helicopter Parenting Ruins Childhood Magic

Helicopter Parent: noun, informal noun: helicopter parent; plural noun: helicopter parents

a parent who takes an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of their child or children.

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This generation has seen the rise of a…

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January 2018 Spoke Writing Challenge Winners!

Read excerpts from our top 3 winning Spoke posts about “The Productive Parent.”

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5 Lessons in Productive Parenting from a Mom of 8

Sage advice for whether you have eight kids, one kid or somewhere in between

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Why This Man is Thankful to be Called Daddy

Like most prospective fathers, I was beyond excited when my wife first told me she was pregnant. I had dreams of being a loving and playful father to my first child, praying each night over my wife’s pregnant body for…

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This Is What It Feels Like When Your Holidays Are Touched by Grief

Two years and 337 days ago on a harsh December night, my children’s father died. At just 44 years old, his heart stopped beating and he slipped from life into death as the world slept. I was left to deliver…

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Comfort Me With a Casserole and Red Wine

For nearly everyone, food is the curative elixir we reach for to comfort our souls, whether we are stressed, sick, sad or depressed and to accentuate our joys and celebrations.

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The idea of food as…

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Why This Father is Driven to Recruit 10,000 New Foster Parents

Foster parenting has created a sense of urgency within me to make a difference in the lives of those in need. Perhaps it is due to the children’s horror stories that I have been witness to, and have watched come…

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Why We Took a Road Trip After My Daughter’s Seizure

Four months ago, our oldest daughter had a grand mal seizure. It was a terrifying experience. Though she was diagnosed with deafness at birth and autism at the age of 5, nothing prepared us for this medical emergency. We felt…

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