Growing Up Misunderstood

Growing Up Misunderstood

By John G. Warren For me, elementary school was a nightmare. When you fail a grade so many times and you’re learning to shave amongst classmates half your size, an indelible mark is placed on your self esteem. And I don’t blame the nuns, or my parents, or the many...
The Family That Moved to a Farm

The Family That Moved to a Farm

By LaDonna Kennedy The Murphy family is giving the classic TV show Green Acres a run for its money. The family consists of Shawna and Kevin and their five children: Jonah (12), Elijah (10), Sam Isaac (8), Eliza (7), and Anna (4). The family was living the quiet,...
This Family’s Baby Came Early

This Family’s Baby Came Early

By Carrie Vittitoe Michelle and Matt Runkle, Lily (8), Jackson (6), and Caroline (8 months) from Newburgh, Indiana. Photo by Alisaan Elpers – Captured Studio Photography  When Michelle Runkle began experiencing contractions at 34 weeks of pregnancy in July 2017,...
Is a Little Encouragement Too Much to Ask?

Is a Little Encouragement Too Much to Ask?

By Carrie Vittitoe When did encouraging our children become so darn complicated? If we tell them “good job!” we aren’t being specific enough in our praise. If we leave them to their own devices, we are neglectful. If we push them, we are domineering and putting too...
After an ADHD Diagnosis

After an ADHD Diagnosis

By Megan M. Seckman Henry was never a stereotypically easy child. According to his mother, Scheri Mullins, he was excessively energetic and prone to tantrums. Although highly curious and intelligent (he learned to read before kindergarten), he wasn’t particularly...