Melissa Fisher Goldman

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I grew up in Orange County then went to Los Angeles (with a short detour in Santa Barbara) for college and spent the next 12 years there thinking that was home until I met my amazing, now husband on Jdate.com and moved back here to start our life together. I have a young son and daughter that are two years apart. They are thick as thieves and keep us laughing. I worked in Hospice care for 15 years and now I take Working Mom to a whole new dimension with a private mental health practice www.melissafishergoldman.com. I worked hard with many jobs hustling for many years to grow my own business. I'm proud to say I'm helping people in my own office full time. The decision to quit my full time job working for some one else and to work towards creating much needed grief, trauma and self esteem support in Orange County fills my soul. I may not spend 24/7 with my kids but I plan to be role model to them and the time we have is all about quality not quantity. I'm working on a life/work balance but I find this is much easier when I love all aspects of my life and work and self.
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I Didn’t Like My Daughter At First

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Monday Holiday Woes For This Mom

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Best Laid Plans

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How to Talk to Your Children (and Yourself) About Violence

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Positive Parenting Goals For The New Year

I started thinking about making positive parenting goals for the new year. I want to think more positive thoughts about my parenting and about being a busy working mom and wife.  The reason this is on...
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Making Lemonade Out Of Lemons: Husband Traveling Edition

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Helping Grieving Children Get Through the Holidays

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When My Son Is The King Of Stalling Before Bedtime

When My Son Is The King Of Stalling Before Bedtime

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Making Lemonade Out Of Lemons: Sleep Training Edition

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One Breath Away

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I’d Like To Order One Family-Size Bubble Please

Does anyone know where I can buy a family-size bubble?  I would like to stick everyone I love in a bubble and keep them safe, is that too much to ask? We all worry. I...
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What Every Parent Needs To Know About Children And Grief

Children and Grief. I know your first thought is "no thank you, I don't want to think about it." But trust me you want to be prepared because everyone grieves, even kids.  Now your second...
My Best Advice For New And Expectant Moms

Helpful Information For New And Expectant Moms

So here is some excellent info for new and expectant moms.   I've been thinking a lot about this lately since I'm expecting myself.  I say information instead of advice because no one asked for my...
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We’ve All Judged a Book Its Cover

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