My three-year-old daughter, Charlie, screams for twenty uninterrupted minutes after I break her graham cracker at snack time. I remind myself she can do it; let her do it. This, the teachers at her Montessori school have assured me, is the best way to foster independence, that essential building block of human development. My experience caring for Ronan was so different, so quiet, all of the activity internal: the pain of watching him worsen and fade; the constant, wrenching speculation Was he hurting? Was he worsening? Were we closer to the end, and what came after?
Adopt a new family dog and you'll have a lot of cuddles and hijinks in your future. But one of the best parts of getting a new pet is picking the perfect name. You can go in different directions when it comes to dog names — all them as equally cute and wonderful as your little lady — and there's no shortage of inspiration. These female dog name ideas range from the most popular you can't get more classic than Lucy or Bailey to the more unique how about Mochi or Jo? We've drawn inspiration from food and pop culture to make sure you have your pick of every type of name. You'll also want to consider the potential nicknames of course.