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  • The Summer of Rachel
    By Barbara Solomon Josselsohn The Beginning It’s an ache that started a few years ago when your son left for college, and you realized that time was passing too, too fast. Your next child was approaching the very same milestone, and you decided you would no longer just sit back and watch. “Okay, that’s it!” you shouted to the universe. “I let David go, but I’m keeping Rachel! Do you hear me? I’m k...
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  • Positive Teens: United In More Than Name
    Omri Massarwe and Omri Hochfeld (last two boys on right) This is the first in our series of Teen Voices, where we interview teens about topics they care about.   By Ruth Ebenstein Stroll into the offices of Kids4Peace in the Sheikh Jarah neighborhood of East Jerusalem during a youth meeting and call out the name “Omri! and two heads will turn. “Yes?” Both brown-haired teens, one 6 feet tall and th...
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  • A Letter to Me, at 14
    By Natalie Kemp You’ll start to feel a shift in your feelings when you become a mother, and you can’t imagine hurting your own children the way she hurt you, and you will lose your ability to empathize with her.   I know you’re trying so hard, too hard, to make her see you, but she won’t, not now, when you’re blossoming into young adulthood, not later, when you’re graduating or getting married or ...
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  • The Promise of Maybes
    By Audrey Hines McGill We walk into my two boys’ new school and check out their new classrooms. We meet their new teachers; I say hello, and then introduce the boys. I explain how we’ve recently moved cross country for my husband’s new job. But what I don’t tell these new teachers is that I’m secretly hoping for a new start, a reprieve from judging eyes and ignorant staring that made up much of my...
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  • Midstream
    By Lynn Shattuck They move north and west. The low weight of eggs in their belly propels them. Their bodies move through the saltwater, past the glittering lures of fishermen. They turn and twist until finally, suddenly, they are home. *** In the morning, I wake up just as Violet begins to stir. I kiss the soft slope beneath her chin, smelling the faint scent of my own milk. She moves into a light...
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  • When Nature Fails Nurture
    By Maria Kostaki I hated breastfeeding. Not because it hurt. Not because… I can’t think of another reason normal women don’t like breastfeeding, but not because it hurt. A few minutes after my son was born, my midwife placed him on my breast. It was the second most magical moment of my life; the first was watching him pee on the OR floor as the OBGYN shouted “Oh! He’s blond!” and handed him over t...
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  • Motherhood is a Relationship
    Once upon a time, way back in The Olden Days, when Mark Wahlberg was Marky Mark, the Cold War was just ended, and Rodney King was wondering why we couldn’t all just get along, I wanted to have a baby. So have a baby I did, and less than two years later I had another, and while I wasn’t naïve enough to think that raising children would be easy, neither did I recognize the potential for gut-wrenchin...
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  • Column: A Letter To My Younger Self
    Letters to Our Younger Selves is a column where readers write letters to their younger selves with insight and perspective. By Lisa Catapano Dear Baby Girl, This is a year of unraveling. Know that there is purpose in your pain. The world desperately needs the wisdom, compassion and kindness borne of your suffering. I promise. Perfection is a myth. Let it go. There is no right or wrong; no good or ...
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  • Cancer Revisited
    By Mary Ann C. Palmer I. I was little, just five years old, alone in my bed, lying on my back with the covers pulled up to my chin; eyes wide open. The sharp scent of night seeped in through my bedroom window. I wanted my mother. But that was impossible. She had died a few months earlier and I was living with my Aunt Florie and Uncle Joe. My room filled with shadows. I couldn’t swallow; it was as ...
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  • This is Ten
    By Lindsey Mead This essay is excerpted from Brain, Child’s book, This is Childhood Book & Journal. I spent my teenage summers at a wonderful, rambling house on the Massachusetts shore with several families. There was always a tangle of children and we got in the habit of going for swims after dinner. One summer, there was phosphorescence. I have never forgotten those unexpected, bright swirls of ...
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  • My Only Sunshine
    By Amanda Rose Adams Recently I brought my children, who are eleven and twelve, to the dermatologist too, in hope that she could educate them about proper sun care.   It began as a small white spot above my lip, beneath my nose, less noticeable than my adult acne. The acne far was more frustrating and what drove me to the dermatologist. During my visit I did ask her about the spot. She shrugged an...
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  • Advice from My Daughters Upon Their Graduation
    By Francie Arenson Dickman “Focus on how you want to feel when you’re finished.” My daughter texted me these words of advice—a tip I assume she acquired from her time spent dancing on stage—minutes before I took the stage for a show I was recently in called, ironically, Listen to Your Mother. I’d had no problem writing the essay I was about to read, but reading it aloud to hundreds of people terri...
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  • Don’t Miss Almost Missed You
    Holly Rizzuto Palker Interviews Jessica Strawser on her debut novel, Almost Missed  You. ALMOST MISSED YOU by Jessica Strawser, is an intriguing novel involving a husband and two-year-old son disappearing while on a family vacation. I’m not sure how Jessica created this deliciously suspenseful book with so much else on her plate (she is the Editorial Director of Writer’s Digest magazine, and she a...
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  • The Other Way Around
    By Elizabeth Richardson Rau I am the mother of the kid you are probably afraid of. The one that you heard other kids used to buy pot from. Yours bought from him, too, yet you refuse to admit that, and I understand why. Pretend hope is much easier than unpleasant reality. I have never been the “not my kid” mom who would rather not know because the repercussions had not yet come home to roost. For a...
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  • Before I Forget – Notes to My Teen
    By Marsha McGregor “Before I Forget – Notes to My Teen”  is a monthly column of wisdoms for our teens. When To Pretend You Are Fine and When Not To There is room for both in your life. If you have done some excruciating, embarrassing thing, by all means cringe invisibly. Breathe through your blushing. Act natural. If you are being bullied or mocked, give your predators no pleasure and hold your he...
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  • He Has Autism
    By Jennifer Smyth After her 8th birthday party in October, my big hearted, brown eyed daughter, Holly, decided this was the year she wanted to educate her classmates about Autism, and more specifically about her twin brother, Nick.  A petite girl, and classmate, named Emily had been the impetus that chilly fall night, arriving at our house overwhelmed by Nick’s jumping and loud shrieks of exciteme...
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  • Can I Get a Witness?
    By Brett Paesel I have a three-year-old son, and I’ve come to the conclusion that raising a young child involves long stretches of boredom interrupted by flashes of terror and bursts of supernatural joy–which sounds awfully close to the definition of psychosis. And, also, I am told, combat. One would think that, knowing this, I would send my child off to boarding school and surgically ensure that ...
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  • Excerpt: The Imperfect Tense
    By Liane Kupferberg Carter “How does staying in an old palace in Paris strike you?” my sister-in-law Jill asked. “Drafty, but delightful,” I said. “Why?” Jill told me her daughter was spending a semester in Europe and Jill intended to visit. Jill knew I love all things French. “Why don’t you come with me?” I sighed. “I wish.” But the idea gnawed at me. I mentioned it to my husband Marc, trying the...
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  • Beyond the Red Pencil Skirt
    Letters to Our Younger Selves,  is our new column where readers write letters to their younger selves with insight and perspective. Submit your letter here and you may be published in Brain Child. By Tina Porter Dear Tina at 25, We are about to turn 55, are married and have three daughters—the oldest of whom is almost your age. I’m watching her life from afar now as she tries to find her place in ...
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  • Young Love is Real Love
    By Jennifer Berney My seven-year-old son might be in love. I can’t tell you for sure because I’m determined not to ask him, and even if I did, I’m not sure that he could answer. But I can tell you what I’ve seen. Yesterday afternoon, when I arrived in his classroom to volunteer, my son sat next to a girl—let’s call her Abby—a girl who I’ve been hearing about for months. My job was to bring pairs o...
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  • Column: A Letter to My Younger Self
    By Danielle Naugler Letters to Our Younger Selves,  is a new column where readers write letters to their younger selves with insight and perspective. Submit your letter here and you may be published in Brain Child. Dear 20-Year-Old Self, The good news is, this will be one of the hardest years of your life, and in the scheme of things, it’s nothing.   Between the rejections you face in theatre, the...
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  • Perfectly Imperfect
    By Elizabeth Richardson Rau Best friends often don’t come in the prettiest packages. The true friends I have made are like me, willing to show dents, battle wounds and flaws.    In 2011 my world imploded when I left my husband. The decision was the right one; the fallout nothing short of apocalyptic. It was during this time that I learned that friends of substance run towards the burning rubble th...
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  • The Art of Killing Time
    By Penne Richards No one was talking about it, myself included. I felt an overwhelming tug to offer a deposition—a confession, a cry for mercy. Everyone reassured me it was an accident, but it felt like an attempt to let me off the hook. I imagined a fictional court reporter rereading the unspoken words looping in my head: I plead guilty, Your Honor. I am to blame; I drove the car that killed my d...
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  • Don’t Tell Me I’ll Miss This
    By Stephanie Portell “Cherish this time when they’re little.” I hear this all the time. I hear it from family, and I hear it from strangers. But no matter whom I hear it from, for me, it’s bullshit. How am I  supposed to stop and live in the moment when my toddler is screaming his head off because I gave him the wrong color bowl? How am I  supposed to find preciousness in my toddler screaming even...
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  • Happiness In A Hammock?
    By B.J. Hollars Our plan was perfect: grab pillows, sleeping bags, then head to the hammock for a beautiful night under the stars. There, I’d point out constellations (or try to), identify owl calls (or make them up), and finally, after a good hour or so of father-son bonding (“And that, my son, is the secret to the universe…”), four-year-old Henry and I would drift off to sleep in the slow rock o...
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  • A Father’s Twist on Faith
    By B.J. Hollars On the first day God created Heaven and Earth and on the second faulty internet routers. “Damn thing,” I grumbled, unplugging and re-plugging the cords. “Daddy,” my four-year-old called, heading down the basement stairs. “What’s the matter?” “Oh, Daddy’s just fighting technology again.” “Are you winning?” “Too early to tell.” “Okay,” he said, heading back upstairs. “Well, don’t let...
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  • A Letter to My Younger Self on My 39th Birthday
      A few years ago, Sugar, aka Cheryl Strayed (who has published in Brain Child), wrote a “letter to her younger self” in one of her stunning Rumpus advice columns. As writers and mothers we at Brain Child are trying, in this bizarre time, to show each other (and our younger selves) our similarities and our differences with a new perspective. With Cheryl’s blessing, we invite you to submit letters ...
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  • Lady Liberty Speaks To The Donald
    By Marcelle Soviero Protestors, bring your peonies to the picket lines, your marigolds to marches. Bring daisies and daffodils, roses and quince. Consider, perhaps, wild flowers; lavender and lupine. “See,” you will subtly say, “each bloom is different.” Diversity is gorgeous. Bring your confetti, your fairy dust; something to sprinkle the bad stuff away. Something nontoxic that lands soft when to...

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