Reflections on Family and Relationships

The importance put on family is something I have spent a lot of time thinking on, not just lately, but for a very long time.  With some of the issues with OC and also with regards to my own parents, siblings and in-laws, it has been something that has kind of always sat in the back of my mind.  Why do we put different standards around family relationships versus all other relationships?  There are times where you are forced to put up with or tolerate behavior and treatment from family members that would never, ever be considered even remotely okay with any other person in your life.  Why does blood grant that privilege?  Recently, I’ve been forced to face this question head on and come up with some real answers for myself and my immediate family. Continue reading “Reflections on Family and Relationships”

Finally Sinking In?

When you first realize that you are going to become a parent, and for some, long before then even, we start dreaming of what that means, both for us and our children.  We picture going to all their extracurricular activities, be it baseball or dance or piano or karate or any number of things.  Continue reading “Finally Sinking In?”