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compassion, emotions, empathy, expectations, friends, gifts, gratitude, keeping calm, meltdowns, overwhelm, parenting -

Holidays can be a hard time for almost everyone.

It's hard not to get caught up in the gift giving frenzy, the decorating, the cooking, or the planning of a special event.  The expectations are overwhelming.

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communication, compassion, empathy, friends, grief, guilt, kindness, Lisa Bullard, loss, love, overwhelm, transitions -

“Mom, this card says ‘Don’t worry about Nancy anymore,’” Ember says, as she hands me a sticky note she scribbled on. I wipe away a drifting tear, and take it from her. “Thanks, sweetie. Why shouldn’t I worry anymore?” I want to know what is happening in her mind, partly because I’m feeling guilty.

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empathy, expectations, imperfection, Lisa Bullard, mothering, parenting, working -

Parenting is the hardest job I've ever done. That sounds dramatic when I admit it out loud, but it is 100% true. My Mom tells me that parenting is not just the hardest, but also the most important job I will ever do in my life.

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anxiety, breastfeeding, communication, emotions, empathy, expectations, guilt, Jasmine Wood, love, Rita, separation, summer, transitions, traveling, worry -

“Would we be able to enjoy ourselves at the concert if our minds were elsewhere thinking about our baby and her well being?” An answer that could not be determined…For 6 months leading up to the concerts, July 4th weekend, I had mini panic attacks filled with separation anxiety at the mere thought of leaving little Rita.

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compassion, empathy, friends, gifts, gratitude, illness, Jasmine Wood, love, Rita -

As parents we share this experience in grocery stores, walking down the street or standing in line at the bank: random strangers offering smiles and blessings towards our little ones! I have had several opportunities to experience this on a grand scale when taking my daughter to a nursing home to visit both of my grandmothers. As little Rita made her way through the homes the whole atmosphere seemed to change.

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