Tag: parenting

Trichotillomania: Help at last!

Trichotillomania: Help at last!
Finally, finally, finally!! HELP AT LAST!! My oldest daughter, now sixteen years old, has struggled with trichotillomania since she was 7 years old. Trichotillomania (trich) is an impulse control disorder (ICD), body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB), where a person unconsciously pulls out his/her own hair, eyelashes and/or eyebrows. The first pediatrician said, “Don’t worry about it.... Read more »

The spider that caused screaming, running and a panic attack

The spider that caused screaming, running and a panic attack
Life around our house is never dull, but this particular August evening was especially memorable. As the newly appointed office manager at work, I work long hours, while my husband, now retired, takes care of the kids, the dogs and the house. However, we all like to eat, so I do the cooking. When I... Read more »

How proud mom moments make the rest of parenting worth it

How proud mom moments make the rest of parenting worth it
Parenting is tough. Anyone that does it day in and day out knows this. Temper tantrums, picky eating, homework, questionable decisions, time management, messy rooms, last minute forms, and bad attitudes permeate everything. Sometimes, I love being a parent; other times, not so much. The challenges can be overwhelming and draining. With faith as my... Read more »
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Who, what, when, where and how come: What happened to why?

Who, what, when, where and how come: What happened to why?
Who, what, when, where and how come are NOT the five “w’s” of journalism. It’s who, what, when, where and why. More and more, I hear people using the words “how come” instead of asking “Why?” Why? What is wrong that lovely little three-letter word that asks one of the most provocative questions we can... Read more »

Lunch with friends is the one habit I never want to break

Lunch with friends is the one habit I never want to break
Tonight is ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooza. We are given a topic at 9pm, then we write, edit, tweak and publish straight up at 10pm. Our topic for tonight is: “Write about a habit or routine of yours that you would either like to break or that you hope never ends.” I have several habits I would like... Read more »

Why I chose to write a fictional story about trichotillomania

Why I chose to write a fictional story about trichotillomania
I am a writer; it’s part of who I am. I write to express myself, to share experiences that may resonate with others, to bring hope and encouragement to others, to share God’s Word with the world, to provide useful information to people and to be funny (once in a while). As a storyteller, I... Read more »
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How Charlie Brown and Linus brought calm to my Christmas season

How Charlie Brown and Linus brought calm to my Christmas season
The word of the day is “overwhelmed.” Let’s say it together: Overwhelmed. That’s me. That’s the state of mind I’ve been in for the last couple of weeks; since Thanksgiving, anyway. Up until then, I was doing OK. Even hosting the big day wasn’t a big deal. Since then, we’ve replaced 18-year-old appliances, a tattered... Read more »

Trichotillomania: Remembering that I have another child

Trichotillomania: Remembering that I have another child
For those of you who are new to my Trichotillomania category, my 13 year old daughter has trich – an impulse control disorder where a person has the uncontrollable urge to pull out their own hair. It doesn’t hurt and they will pull hair from anywhere. My oldest pulls her eyelashes, eyebrows and scalp. However, this... Read more »

Trichotillomania: Managing anxiety with grace and patience

Trichotillomania: Managing anxiety with grace and patience
If you’ve been following along, you know that my oldest, a 13-year-old 8th grader, suffers from the impulse control disorder (ICD) called Trichotillomania. Trich for short. Trich is the most common ICD nobody’s ever heard of. People with trich impulsively pull out the hair on their bodies, usually without realizing it. My girl pulls out... Read more »
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5 reasons why my kids don't have cellphones and won't any time soon

5 reasons why my kids don't have cellphones and won't any time soon
My girls are 13 and 11 years old. They do not have cellphones and won’t any time soon. Here are the top 5 reasons why: 1 – Cellphones are danged expensive. I don’t care what plan you have; I don’t care how much data you get. Coming up with the money it takes to furnish... Read more »