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Dear Body… I Owe You an Apology

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Dear Body - You are magnificent in your strength, endurance, and resilience. You allow me to engage, experience, and grow more than most. To be honest, I owe you an apology. It seems I’ve often been critical of...

Play Outdoors for Health and Success

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Finally, it is cold enough for a fire in the hearth, a pot of soup on the stove and long winter naps. Fall through the winter holidays is my favorite time of year for...

Frozen 2 :: Deep Emotions That Hit Home for Mom

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As I sat in the movie theater with my daughter, who’s about to turn 6, on one side of me and my son, who’s almost 4, on the other side; I was overwhelmed with...

Developing Gratitude in Your Kids

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As we move into fall and the holidays, it is a good time to think about gratitude, about being thankful. We all have some reason to be grateful. Yet how do we become people...

Born to Play

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All healthy children play. I have watched children play in Europe, the Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in my South Carolina backyard. All the research I have read reinforces the concept...

Our Kids’ Digital Lives are Stressing Us Out. Here are Some Tips for Getting...

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I thought my head would spin off my body if I looked into my living room one more time to see my daughter watching a YouTube video about how to repurpose Chapstick holders and...
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It’s the Spooky Season! Keep Your Kids Safe with These Tips

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Halloween is one of kids’ favorite holidays. It can be just scary enough to be fun but still keep health and safety in mind. The American Academy of Pediatrics has some well-chosen tips for...
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Steps to Take to Stop the Flu Before It Starts

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Flu is one of the most common illnesses to affect the worldwide population. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that around 48.8 million individuals were affected by the influenza virus in the...

How I Let My Son Go

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Last summer I gave my 13-year-old son the choice to go live with my parents. My mom saw that my son, my household, and myself were struggling, and she offered for to take him...

Do You Talk the Talk or Walk the Walk?

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“Do as I say, not as I do;” words my father uttered for years. Now I think of that phrase and wonder how he could say that with a straight face, time and time...

Easy to Love, But Hard to Like

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I have a kid who is easy to love. Oh my gosh, she is SO easy to love. She is kind with an enormous heart. She is the first to jump in if you need...

Knowing When to Say Goodbye to a Friendship

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I sat there staring at my phone. Should I text her? Maybe if I call her. Or should I just not do either? I found myself feeling torn and not knowing what to do....

The Day I Stopped Fussing about the Mud on the Floor….

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I was “that” wife who grew irrationally irritated at mud left on my clean floors from other’s feet (read husband). Was it really so hard to wipe off your shoes on the mat at...

My Mother, The Narcissist

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The mother-daughter relationship: to many it’s very special—irreplaceable even. For several women, their moms are the ones who teach them everything about love, life, and childrearing. Moms are the ones we turn to when...

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