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Parenting—the process of raising children—can bring endless joy, responsibility, and learning opportunities. All the clichés are true—it is the hardest job you’ll ever love—and yet none of them describes your unique experience or challenges as a parent. The challenge to be a “good” parent is a constant struggle between personal desires, community expectations, traditional gender roles, resource management, and the unique personalities of each member of the family. Everyone has an opinion on how to best raise a physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually healthy child, but the truth is there is no one right answer: it’s a lifelong process that we take on, one day at a time.

How Do You Tell a Child About the Death of a Pet?

A pet can be a child’s closest friend, a faithful companion and comforter sharing the child’s joys and disappointments.

Talking with Preschoolers About the Death of a Pet

Our beloved dog, Sasha, was not herself. Part Malamute, she was never a fan of summer weather but that particular July, we could barely get her out for a walk.

An Age-By-Age Guide to Explaining the Death of a Pet to Children

Your pets are well loved members of your family, which makes their death extremely difficult for kids of all ages. Here are our tips for explaining the death of a family pet to your kids in an age appropriate and sensitive way.

My Pet Died. How Can I Feel Better?

Whether it's from old age, illness, or an accident, animals — like people — will die sometime. Veterinarians can do wonderful things for pets. But sometimes all the medical skill in the world can't save an animal.

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