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words Be Prepared plus compass, icons Perhaps there is no way to be fully prepared, but training and preparation create a framework that you can draw from as you navigate complex situations. (Photo: Shutterstock)

At the time, our house was at a T in the road. My husband at work, my oldest at kindergarten, my toddler, my baby and I were anxiously waiting. I want to say that I was prepared and trained for such a time as this, in reality, I was keenly aware of the chasm between what I ‘should’ know for this undertaking and what I knew. There, in the front yard, I held my baby and passed the soccer ball with my toddler when the social worker drove up. She popped out of her car, swung around, pulled out a car seat carrier, grabbed a diaper bag, and begun walking toward me.

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