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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Ways to Talk about Tragedy

Back in August, I wrote a post about addressing the uncertainty of our nation’s political climate with our children. (You can read it here:  Fear Vs. Fate) In the wake of this latest mass shooting in Las Vegas, I felt it was important to yet again, review ways you can speak to your children about

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The Rules of Manners

I believe in good manners.  I believe that what you give is what you get.  If you can offer respect and kindness to another, you are more likely to get respect and kindness in return. Through the years I have struggled mightily to teach these concepts to my boys.  When they were very young, they

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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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