Elizabeth joyce

Elizabeth Joyce

Freelance Writer

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I Don't Miss My Kids Being Little

I am constantly surprised by how quickly time passes, how in the blink of an eye a kid can transform from toddler to tween. But I have never once missed it. I have never once longed for just one more of those days.

Parents: You don't need to do it all this holiday season

What if I told you, you don't have to do it all this holiday season? Depending on the type of person you are, you might nod in agreement or roll your eyes. Either way, the majority of you will say, "Yeah, BUT ..." But it is the holidays.But I need to make it magical.But it is tradition.

How 1 Childhood Conversation With My Mom Shaped Who I Am As A Parent.

Of all the conversations we have with our kids - all the countless words said over the course of childhood - we just never know what is going to stick. Actions speak louder than words, of course, but as parents, we still hope that some of our words are sinking in.

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My Husband and I Never Say "I Love You, Too"

By the time my husband and I first met, one love lesson I had been taught painfully well was that the words "I love you" hold very little meaning on their own. People say those words easily, say them out of habit, say them while their actions prove otherwise.

We Have The Family We Always Dreamed Of - In Ways We Never Imagined.

If you're like me, you once dreamed of the family you would have someday. You may have even imagined exactly how many kids you'd have, what you might name them, what age you'd be when you'd become a parent. And, chances are, you never imagined that it might not be as easy as simply deciding to get pregnant.

When Being A Cancer Survivor Feels Like A Time Bomb Ticking in Your Ear

I am a cancer survivor. What sort of image does that conjure? What one word comes to mind? Tough? Strong? Brave? After all, in the narrative we place around cancer, it is an epic battle and cancer patients are warriors fighting for their lives. These analogies serve to inspire.

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Tips for Parents To Talk to Kids About Physical, Emotional, and Mental Health

Often, the best conversations are the spontaneous ones. I am always keen to take a situation and give it some deeper thought or turn it into a learning opportunity. However, there is also a place for intentional, planned conversations to ensure that important subjects are touched on routinely.

In the Blink of an Eye

I am 1 year old, feeding Uncle George french fries - the only thing he will eat after chemo. In the blink of an eye, I am saying my first final goodbye at his funeral. He was 17-years-old. I am 3 years old, playing with my toys in our apartment.