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Jennifer Handford is the author of Daughters for a Time, an acclaimed novel that People Magazine hailed as "A wrenching, resonant debut about infertility, cancer and adoption. Grab your hankies." In 2010, Jennifer was one of three first-place finalists in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Her second novel, Acts of Contrition, will be published in April 2014. Visit Jennifer at http://www.jenniferhandford.com

Entries by Jennifer Handford

Raise Your Hand, Daughter

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 4:52 PM

With two daughters now in middle school, I catch myself dispensing mixed messages. On one hand, I tell them to "Just do your best!" and on the other hand is the proviso "So long as doing your best means producing high quality work." With these contradictory messages, I'm an emblem...

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Too Wild for Me

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 7:05 PM

While at the beach this summer I read Cheryl Strayed's Wild, and what struck me the most wasn't the delightfulness of the read. Truly, I enjoyed lifting each foot with her -- step after step -- carrying her too-heavy backpack, which she affectionately calls "Monster," while trudging her way up...

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A Family Tree Grows Branches

(37) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 12:53 PM

When my 10-year-old daughter comes home from school armed with a family tree project, she wants to know all about where our people emigrated from. I tell her what I know. She is excited to hear that she has a great-great-great grandmother from Holland. Perfect for Immigration Day, she says,...

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Mom Resurrects a Childlike Dream

(2) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 9:26 AM

Years ago, I volunteered at my kids' kindergarten class. We were making a career poster and I asked each child what he or she would like to be when they grew up. It was no surprise that the horse and dolphin-loving girls all wanted to be veterinarians and the daredevil...

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Reality Curbs Idealism for Preteen Daughter

(247) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 8:23 AM

My daughter has all of the makings of a great activist: Her heart is giant, her mind is quick, and she's as naïve as an elf. She believes that every human being is good and kind and will do the right thing. Occasionally she will see otherwise: a guy throwing...

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Mom Looks For Work: Writing A Resume

(39) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 7:42 AM

I sit at my computer and stare at a blank page. Two lone words are centered in the middle: Curriculum Vitae. I wonder if I'd be better off with a simpler resume. Ten years and three kids later, I no longer seem like a C.V. type of gal. I take...

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