Another year of childcare, another truancy letter......

Sitting here this morning with my coffee, I was having a relatively good morning. The kids who were here already were playing happily, and the next ones weren’t due through the door for half an hour. As things always go however, the phone rang with a parent question.“Hey Terri, we’re going to be running a little late this morning. We’re on our way. Suzy is going to be there but Matthew won’t. He’s got a temp of 102* so I am going to keep him home.”...more
reillysmom16 Provider's Garden At his age he is old enough to practice proper handwashing and ...more

When a parent has the blues

My father arrived in the U.S. in 1964 as a Fulbright Scholar with less than $10 in his pocket. When he was leaving Pakistan he was forced to empty his wallet by a greedy customs officer at the Karachi airport. My dad didn’t have money for soap or toothpaste when he began his residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, but he had intellect, faith in himself and the stubborn ability to work terrifically hard. He was 23 years old....more


It's a funny thing, when I started blogging, I expected to learn so much about how to be a good wife to an amputee that I would have all kinds of wisdom to share with my readers. It turns out, I don't feel much wiser at all. And I'm not sure that I'm a good wife most of the time. Still, I do have some things to share with you that apply mostly to leg amputees. ...more

Tips for Male Caregivers

The National Alliance for Caregiving published a study 2009 that showed men made up about one-third of all caregivers.  However, in 2012 Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project reports that men now comprise 45 percent of all family caregivers in the nation. ...more

4 Ways to Not Raise Your Kids

Being a new mom myself, I’m here to tell you that you ARE kick ass!Why? Because you decided to accept the miracle and wake up every single day to take care of your child/children and yourself— you are awesome, strong, and brave....more

The Invisible Generation

Late one night in mid December, I stood in the check-out line at a Target store to purchase several children's toys for a holiday fundraiser. The line was moving slowly, and the people ahead of me were grumbling about the cashier's inability to move things along faster. I understood their frustration---my feet ached from being on them all day and I desperately wanted to be home in my cozy bed. ...more

Four Years Gone

It was four years ago yesterday that my husband went in for surgery to have his leg removed. There was nothing easy about the decision, but then, there had been nothing easy about keeping the leg that had been mangled in a motorcycle accident more than 30 years earlier. The timing was horrible for me; I was in my last semester of getting my Masters in Architecture at the University of Florida, a grueling program that required long hours and complete dedication. However, I could hardly ask my husband to wait after all the pain he had been in since the last failed knee surgery....more

I've been sleeping around and I'm exhausted

I vacated our marital bed two weeks ago after my husband underwent surgery to remove a growth in his ear. Neither of us slept much the night after the mastoidectomy. Peter was hyped up on steroids given to reduce swelling and catching up on all the cigarettes he couldn’t smoke during his ten hours in the hospital. I kept getting up to make sure he wasn’t bleeding to death. I ended up dozing in our recliner.When Peter finally crashed the following evening, I cautiously joined him in bed. The next morning, Peter encouraged my exodus....more

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