Earlier this week we went to get Zeke’s senior yearbook pictures. On the way, I noticed his hands. Working hands. Hands that look familiarly like my dad’s work-stained hands and like Brandon’s in the early years of our marriage. I told him not to worry about it because they were doing head-shots. I was wrong.
A family is heartbroken when they lost a beloved member of their tight circle, but the letter she wrote reflecting on the short life she had lived has been inspiring thousands across the globe. Holly Butcher lost her battle with Ewing’s sarcoma, this rare form cancer affects mostly young people. Before she passed away, Holly
Today I was running low on pencils so I asked all of my kids to pull out any of my pencils that they had in their desks. I had one student ask me if he could keep his pencils that his mom gave him for school. Of course, I said yes. He then said, “well,
Read this, and let it really sink in… Then, choose how you start your day tomorrow… Jerry is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, “If I were
Hey, Ok- I know today didn’t turn out like you expected. Ugh. This sucks. I’m trying to remember what even happened on that day before THE appointment… I have no idea if the kids were being good that morning or if you were running around like crazy trying to get out the door on time.
First, are you sure you are dealing with a narcissist? That word gets thrown around a good deal these days. So what is a true narcissist and what happens if you love someone who has these traits? What are the traits of narcissism? He displays a terribly inflated ego or sense of importance and seems to
Today I learned that I am raising the kind of kid who sees a waitress at a restaurant drop the stack of plates and cutlery she’s carrying, and leaps out of his seat to help her pick them up. I don’t care that he gets good grades. I don’t care whether or not he is
I’ve been writing for a few years now about a syndrome called Perfectly Hidden Depression. These are people who are inwardly struggling with depression, at times severe depression. But others would never guess that they were. They can act both intentionally, but also unconsciously, to deny and avoid pain or suffering. And they do it
If you put it to a vote, our grandparents will handily the win as the greatest people who ever existed! It helps that they secretly bribed you with delicious home-made cookies. We form a special bond with our grandparents and always have the fondest memories with them. We see them as the kindest people we
Over the years, I’ve seen countless people-pleasers in my therapy office. But more often than not, people-pleasing wasn’t really their problem; their desire to make others happy was merely a symptom of a deeper issue. For many, the eagerness to please stems from self-worth issues. They hope that saying yes to everything asked of them will help them
Depression, like art, can never be adequately described in words alone, though Andrew Solomon comes close in his memoir Noonday Demon: “I felt as though I had a physical need, of impossible urgency and discomfort, from which there was no release — as though I were constantly vomiting but had no mouth. My vision began to close. It
A dear friend of mine recently suffered an unimaginable loss. As we were eating dinner together and catching up on each other’s lives, her eyes filled with tears and suddenly she was overcome with sadness. She expressed that she felt as though she hasn’t had time to grieve properly and she just couldn’t understand why