Short-Term Abandonment of Your Loved Ones May Help Your Mental Health

Shake up your family dynamic with ‘strategic absence’

Melissa Petro
Elemental

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MMotherhood is never easy, but this time last year, I hit a particular low. That afternoon, I was working on an assignment in a café when my son woke up early from his nap, crying inconsolably in his stroller next to me. I hurriedly packed up and went home…

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Melissa Petro
Elemental

Writer, teacher. PEN/Fusion Emerging Writer Prize Finalist. Former Little Miss Walton Hills. Follow me on Twitter @melissapetro