A very dear family I know recently lost someone very dear to them. Suddenly all those annoying inconveniences of parenthood seem trivial and it’s hard to get emotional over things that, in the long run, really don’t matter.

So of course this is when the website Blunt Moms decides to run a piece I wrote a while back about an issue that seemed so important to me at the time: mom-against-mom bullying. The article, which made my blood pressure soar as I wrote it but now barely stirs my pulse, can be found here. (I know I’m not doing a great job of selling it, but if you have any opinions on the “Mommy Wars,” it might be worth a read.)

It’s early for resolutions but so what. All those canned expressions, “Don’t take any moment for granted,” “Hug your little ones close,” and “Put down the damn cell phone,” have never seemed so apt. When it comes to dealing with non-family members, do as Jesus admonished and try not to be a dick. (It’s been years since I read the gospels but I remember the gist.)

Lots of love to the families I know — and there are sadly way too many — who will celebrate the holidays without a beloved child.

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