The Face of Childhood Communicable Diseases

From time to time, I get sucked into the mommy wars about vaccines.  "Are you pro-vaccines? or anti-vaccines?"  and then of course there are all of the stereotypes that go with each label.This was a big week for that since the big measles outbreak in Disneyland.  What tickles me to death though are the moms who eloquently write about how dire the childhood disease of measles, mumps, pertussis and chicken pox were - how children were at death's door or severely disfigured by these diseases....more

Permission to Say Goodbye

I have read so many web sites and books that talk about how to deal with the death of a loved one. Most of them say that you should tell your loved one that it's okay to let go. It's okay to die. My sister is wonderful at that. She has told my mom so many times that she is a good mama, a good woman, a great musician, and most importantly, a good Christian. She has told my mom this many times over the past week or so. Me? Not so much. I want to scream to my mother, "stay away from the light!" ...more

Helping Children Grieve

Probably one of the most difficult times to parent is during a time of grief. There is such a flurry of activity preparing for the funeral arrangements and greeting out of town friends and relatives. Or perhaps the death of a loved one is in a different town and it is your family with children that has to travel to the funeral. Either way it can be an unusually stressful time for parents and for the children. ...more