Using Life’s Fire to Strengthen Us

During the summer, I wrote a post about how to support a friend through a difficult life challenge.  You can read about what I learned about friendship as my friend, Kari, dealt with her son’s Type 1 diabetes (T1D) diagnosis.  Click here for how you can support a friend through a crisis:  How to be a

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Give Thanks and Be Joyful

I was listening to a radio talk show with a well-known chef. He was discussing the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and asked callers to share their ‘wow’ dishes that family and friends adore.  The first caller wanted to know what the chef prepared that was his signature dish. This led him to talk about how surprisingly,

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Date Night Fright

With all the hoopla surrounding Halloween, it’s important to take a step back and make sure we are also giving attention to the grown-up aspects of our lives.  If you happen to love costumes and haunted houses, at least aim for a minimum of one kid-free event.  My plan is to hang with my friends

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Having a Mindset for Success

By now, school is back in full swing.  With it comes the relief of a structured schedule, but also the demands of learning.  Some kids will rise to the occasion, and others will have some setbacks.  If you are like my kids, it’s a little bit of both.  As I am faced with where they

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Independence for All

Having just celebrated our nation’s independence, it got me thinking about my boys and their level of independence. In our family structure, since I am mostly a full-time stay-at-home parent, I often wonder if they have age-appropriate life skills in place. They rely heavily on me to guide them through their day-to-day life and I

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