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Preparing Your Family For Surgery

posted on: December 11, 2017

Many of you have emailed and commented asking about Oak, and I am happy to say he is now home and doing so well. The love and support has been overwhelming, and I felt it in the moments my heart broke a little throughout the process. He handled it in an unimaginable way and is now home for a few more weeks recovering. He is chatting and smiling and silly. It feels so good to be home and on the other side of things.

While I am no expert in how to get yourself, a child (the patient), or a sibling ready for the hospital, there were a few things we did that I think had so much to do with the positive outcome. As we were leaving, I had an emotional and beautiful conversation with child services at the hospital (who were there during every single step) and we both agreed that much of the good came from preparation. While I know many of us never ever expect our children to have a hospital stay (or need a major surgery), I wanted to list a few things that helped our family, so that if you ever found yourself in a similar situation, you could have a resource....

4 Weeks Of Community Activism: Food Service

posted on: December 7, 2017

This week's holiday activism action is easy. But I think the reality check of all of these sort of activations remains just that- easy. And we often steer away from things that require a moment, especially when our hearts and minds are focused on the act of giving to our family. This weekend, sign up to serve food to your local soup kitchen or donate time at your local food bank.

Alternatively, make a warm meal and bring it to a neighbor in need. In Brooklyn alone, the income disparity is so great. As neighborhoods continue to rapidly gentrify, the cities poorest and richest often live within a few blocks. While a meal or food won't soothe every issue, it's an easy way to remain active and aware within your own community.

(Illustration by Emily De Nicolais for LaTonya Yvette)

5 Tips To Maximize Emotional Care This Holiday Season (From a Psychotherapist)

posted on: December 6, 2017

I love being around family during the holidays, but it does test particular parts of me I wish it didn't. I've developed a few of my own secret tools, and today, psychotherapist Astrid Schmidt is sharing 5 tips to help maximize your care. Astrid says, "Being with family for the holidays is basically asking the universe to give you “stimulating” material to work with."  Do you feel the same?

A Spin On Our Holiday Tradition

posted on: December 5, 2017

Maybe more than Christmas itself, I love the act of decorating our tree.  It's one of my favorite things, and we still have more to do. This year, the kids went upstate to cut our 9 foot tree: River picked the beauty out, and I worked on re-arranging the apartment to make space for it...

Gift Guide: Your Sister Who Just Moved To NYC

posted on: November 30, 2017

I've had a few friends move to the city, and moving in the winter during the holidays can be a funny combination of magic and disastrous. Here's a guide for that lady who finds herself on that trajectory this holiday....