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Dear Mom I See You

Dear Mom, I See You

Dear Mom,  I am sorry to say that I am guilty of not truly seeing you while I was growing up. I was definitely not the easiest child — dramatic, fiery, and stubborn — in contrast to my soft-spoken, gentle and accommodating younger sister. Growing up I never understood how you were able to be so […]

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Stuck in the Middle: Advice for Pre-Teens

Stuck in the Middle: Advice for the Parents of Pre-Teens

Think being a teenager is hard? Try being a pre-teen. You still like kids’ toys, playing outside with your friends, building on MineCraft, and watching the Disney Channel. But you also like “cool” stuff like celebrities, pop music, YouTube, and iPhones. If you’re a girl, you’re probably playing with make-up, but Barbies are only sometimes […]

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Christmas Blues in a Season of Joy

Christmas Blues in a Season of Joy

Gratitude is something I try to practice all year, jotting down different things I am thankful for as they come to mind. During the month of November, I, like many, was especially aware of all my blessings.  However, when Thanksgiving rolled around, I was not feeling particularly appreciative. In fact, my chest felt quite heavy.  As my […]

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Grateful for Tantrums

They say to be grateful on Thanksgiving Day, specifically, but sometimes the real day is the hardest one, what with all the cooking and the families and the expectations and the dishes. I think the surrounding days in November work better for experiments in gratitude. Research shows a strong correlation between gratitude and happiness, so […]

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Uncertainty: Six Things We Can Teach Our Children

It’s difficult to process all the emotions that we experience when tragedy strikes. Whether it affects us directly or indirectly it can be challenging to cope with and understand. It seems that tragic events have been happening more frequently everywhere you turn. Natural disasters have struck around the world, and — if that isn’t bad […]

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