Special Topics

Special Topics

Another Day In The Life Of a Single Parent

I laughed when I read the tagline of this blog: “Do Family Better.” If I am totally honest, I think that is the one area I struggle most. As a single mom, there are days when I want to figure out where… Read More

Celebrations | Special Topics

Blending Families During the Holidays

It was our first Christmas Eve, the dishes were piled in the kitchen after a traditional New Mexican meal of Posole and fresh-made tamales. The tree was glistening and Christmas music filled the house.  Fresh baked cookies and homemade candies overflowed tins to… Read More

Fight For The Heart | Special Topics

Fighting for the Heart of Our Adopted Son

Instinctively as parents we want to fight for our children. Fight for their rights. Fight for their health. Fight for their relationships. And most importantly, fight for their hearts. My husband, Ben, and I knew pretty early on as parents that we… Read More

Middle School (6th-8th) | Special Topics

Four Things You Can Do to Start The Conversation on Suicide with Your Middle Schooler

I was 20 years old when I lost someone I loved to suicide. He was a close member of my family, someone who had been living in our home for years before he passed. I still remember exactly where I was sitting… Read More

Fight For The Heart | Mental Health | Special Topics

I’m a Parent Who Struggles With Depression

Hi, My Name is Brandon O’Dell. I am a husband and a father of three young children. I am a writer, an actor, and a Christian. And I suffer from clinical depression. Let me give you some background. I was a happy… Read More

Fight For The Heart | Special Topics

Lessons From a New Stepdad

So, a year and a half ago, I became what I call, a “Bonus Dad” . . . better known as, a “Step Dad”. I must say, I love it. It’s definitely not as hard as I thought it would be. Yet,… Read More