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After Childhood Abuse, How Can I Trust Others with My Kids?


Jul 26 2016
I equip my daughters to protect themselves and their bodies in ways I didn’t learn to.

My first day watching porn was also my last. I was nine when an adult neighbor took me to a house where several of her friends were gathered. The men and women came knowing the agenda—to watch hours of pornographic videos. I was placed on a man’s lap, and the tapes ...

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Too Many Transitions Can Traumatize Our Kids


Jul 25 2016
I know from experience what happens when children face moving, divorce, or other stressful life change—and how we can help them.
Too Many Transitions Can Traumatize Our Kids
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When I was 13 years old and living in the suburbs of Philadelphia, a friend’s mom was driving me home from school one evening. She asked, “Jess, tell me how to get to your house?” It was a simple enough question that most 13-year-olds can answer easily. But ...

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The 5 Truths Stay-at-Home and Working Moms Can Agree On


Jul 22 2016
After interviewing 120 women, I saw glimmers of a truce in the Mommy Wars.
The 5 Truths Stay-at-Home and Working Moms Can Agree On
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It was the first of ten small group conversations I hosted as research for my book. Within the first hour, over finger foods and wine served in a lovely home in north Austin, there were tears.

One of the women, Chelsea, had landed a prestigious job working for a state senator. ...

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The Truth About Living with an Invisible Illness


Jul 21 2016
God sees me and my pain even when others cannot.
The Truth About Living with an Invisible Illness
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I forced myself to go church because I knew it’d be good for me, for my soul. But now I can’t stop fidgeting from the pain. Why aren’t these pews padded? My husband gently rubs my neck as I roll out my stiff ankles. My shuffling around is distracting the people ...

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Are We Distracting Ourselves to Death?


Jul 20 2016
How technology-driven "hyperreality" hijacks our attention and makes us numb to real-life dangers.
Are We Distracting Ourselves to Death?
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Not long ago, my community lost a beloved young member because of his repeated trespassing onto a dangerous train trestle to take selfies. He posted them with the hashtag #liveauthentic. His last time there, he died while trying to outrun the train. (People take such extraordinary ...

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God Will Give You the Words, So Don't Steal These


Jul 18 2016
Plagiarism offends the original author and the Author of all.
God Will Give You the Words, So Don't Steal These
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In a recurring dream, I see myself writing in an old attic or barn, wood beams above me and panels around me. I don’t know whether I’m writing on a laptop or by hand; all I know is there’s blinding white in front of me and the words have run out. I used to ...

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10 Books Worth Reading This Summer


Jul 15 2016
Our July book list: Her.meneutics writers recommend their favorites.
10 Books Worth Reading This Summer
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At the peak of summer, it’s time to slump down in a chair or crawl into a hammock with a good book in hand. This July, we’re reading everything from poetry books to cookbooks to stories about a viral vampire apocalypse. Here’s a list of our current favorite ...

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