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yolande-barial's picture
Mar.27.2012
My daughter was doing her math homework. From my vantage point, she was doing just fine. She was in the living room in her favorite chair. Her 2 older brothers were both in their own rooms doing their homework, both listening to their favorite music. I was preparing a quick meal. What could be...
annette-talbert's picture
Mar.19.2012
Fourteen years ago, I gave birth to my last child. She was my last hurrah. The last time my body would do what it had been designed to do- gestate and nurse a child. She was my body's last and best creative effort. She was my anchor while the world was tilting off balance around me. She was my...
yolande-barial's picture
Feb.21.2012
My daughter told me the other night that she liked the white doll better than the black doll. We were in the kitchen, she standing at the sink and me over by the coffee pot. I stopped and looked at her. Her back was to me. I asked her why would she say that and she just said "I just did." I asked...
yolande-barial's picture
Jan.22.2012
  My daughter is fabulous. I came home this evening and she told me to go upstairs because she had a surprise for me. I did as I was told and there in the middle of my bed was an envelope. My daughter writes when she is happy and when she is sad and when she is going through depretion (her...
yolande-barial's picture
Dec.26.2011
This evening my daughter told me that she was so happy and all she needed now was a kiss from me. I smiled and to be honest felt somewhat irritated by her happiness. I feel tired, I feel put upon and I feel overwhelmed and somewhat weepy. I spent weeks making sure that my children and that my...
yolande-barial's picture
Nov.09.2011
My daughter is a wonderful little girl who teaches me what I am like on the inside. She cries when she is tired and she cries when she makes a mistake, she cries when she feels ignored and she cries when she thinks I am mad with her. That is a lot like me. I cry under these circumstances and I...
dori-hartley's picture
Oct.26.2011
There must have been a zillion reasons as to why my mother and I stopped speaking to each other, but if you ask me now what any of those reasons were, I wouldn't be able to tell you. Not because I don't remember, but because I'm tired of remembering only the crap. And more importantly, I don't...
yolande-barial's picture
Oct.18.2011
As I sat on the side of her bed performing our nightly ritual of saying prayers and singing our song, my daughter reached up and grabbed my neck and gave me a big ole' kiss. She told me that she loved me sooo much and then she said I don't want you to die. I said I don't either. Then she said if...
pamela-ferris-olson's picture
Oct.04.2011
Life is tough for women in Afghanistan. The lack of childcare may seem like a trivial matter until you consider the need of one mother. Without child care options she has to fly dangerous supply missions to remote areas and disaster zones in a military helicopter – her 5-year-old daughter alongside...
james-buchanan's picture
Sep.30.2011
Today, I am reaching out to the Red Room community for some help with a parenting project. As a single parent I am always challenged for time, money, and rest. It is a lot of work maintaining two children, one a young girl of 11 and the other a 13-year-old boy with Asperger's Syndrome. However, it...