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Celebrate National Cookie Day with PBS KIDS

Introducing “Get Out the Mad” Cookies, inspired by the PBS KIDS show, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD!  Baking these cookies with children not only hones math skills, but also encourages conversations around an array of emotions, which helps social emotional skill development. In order to make the most out of the educational baking activity, start by asking your child what some […]

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saying no to the holiday crazy

Say NO to the Holiday Crazy in 10 Simple Steps…

I want to share how my family says no to the holiday crazy and chaos. I used to run around like a crazy lady this time of year, cramming in all the things, barely sleeping, being insanely stressed, and still feeling like I wasn’t doing enough. Then, a few years ago, I was on modified bedrest […]

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Supporting Your Tween Through Middle School

“Middle School Can Be A Wild Ride” A couple of years ago, one of my son’s elementary school teachers summarized perfectly the tween years.  My son was approaching 6th grade and I asked for her thoughts.  She said, “Be prepared. Middle school can be a wild ride.” Working with teens, I understood what she meant. […]

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gift of parenthood through adoption

Embracing the Gift of Parenthood Through Adoption

After five pregnancy losses and years of failed fertility treatments, my journey to parenthood felt hopeless. The pain, grief, and loneliness I was experiencing felt too much to bear. It seemed everyone around me was celebrating carefree, successful pregnancies with ease. As my husband and I considered adoption as an opportunity to grow our family, […]

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Is My Child’s Video Gaming A Habit Or An OBSESSION!?

Video Gaming Then & Now I remember when my family got our video gaming console in the 1980s. I grew up in a small town in Indiana, where summers were for running around outdoors, but the winters could be brutally cold. This particular winter, my brother had been sick, and I had been stir-crazy.  I’m […]

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