Navigating life as a woman & mom in recovery, one day at a time.

Parenting

Guest Post: My Daughter Is a Drug Addict

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This is a guest post from my husband. It’s been a rough year, and he wanted to write and share this. Beyond some simple formatting, I didn’t edit it. This is his story, not mine, to tell. Currently, his daughter is clean and in recovery. We continue to take life one day at a time.…

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No More Excuses: A Reminder to Put In The Work

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“Do as I say, not as I do.” I had an epiphany last night. My 9 year old daughter and I had a serious talk about her grades, and the amount of effort she’s been putting into her schoolwork. She’s creative and intelligent, but also not necessarily motivated by “good grades”. Rather than ask for help…

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Win at Parenting: Tell Shame to Suck It

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The hardest part of recovery, for me, was forgiving myself for how my mistakes impacted my children. The fact that I got sober while they were too young to ever see me drink stays on my gratitude list, but the impact is there. Shame tends to creep into our parenting when we least expect it.…

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You Don’t Have to Be Perfect. Be Present.

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I had to drop something off at my girls’ school this morning, and as I pulled up, I noticed the parking lot was full all the way to the street. There was a moment of internal mild panic. I hadn’t heard of anything going on! My kids usually keep me in the loop, and I get regular…

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Life After Divorce: Surviving Holiday Separation Anxiety

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Divorce is a level of hell that I wouldn’t wish on anybody. It’s one thing to separate from a person that you can no longer be with. It’s another thing entirely to be separated from your children for weeks at a time. The holiday custody schedules can be brutal, especially if you don’t have an amicable situation with…

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