This past week my family suffered a great loss with the death of my cousin Debbie. Her husband, children, mother and stepfather along with a host of family and friends mourned the death of a woman who brought wit and wisdom to this world. She was a helicopter parent in every sense of the word and her children are loving, insightful and strong because of it. What makes this story more poignant for me are the relationships evidenced at her funeral. You see, this particular cous
In his lifetime, Vincent Van Gogh sold only one painting. But since that time, his fame has reached epic proportions. Today, he is widely regarded as one of history’s greatest painters and an important contributor to the foundations of modern art. People visit museums throughout the world specifically to see his work. He is a world-renowned master known for his artistic genius. Could he have foreseen his legacy? Could he have known the impact he would have on the world? Often
If your stepchild is asking to bring a friend with her on a visit to your home, try to determine why. Does she feel uncomfortable? Is she homesick? Are there difficulties between you and your stepdaughter?
Focusing on these issues first will allow you to make a conscientious decision about whether your stepdaughter genuinely wants to visit and bring along a friend for fun, or if there are underlying issues for her friend request.
If you determine that she merely wants to
I came across a song on the radio that explains where we all find ourselves at some point in our lives. (See below). Crazy, busy days. Upsetting events. But what do we do with it? How do we handle it? Do we choose to let it be a character builder? Or do we choose to let it control our thoughts or consume us? Whether we have lost our keys, or have to deal with biomom at tonight’s ballgame, it’s up to us how we choose to act or react. THIS IS THE STUFF Francesca Battistelli I l