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Honoring Father’s Day

Honoring Father’s Day

| May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

How can you ensure that your Father’s Day efforts hit the mark? First, think about how the father figure in your life demonstrates his love for others. According to Dr. Gary Chapman, a marriage counselor and author of “The 5 Love Languages,” each of us has a primary way of expressing and interpreting love. It […]

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Green Birthday Celebrations

Green Birthday Celebrations

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

You love your kids. You love your planet. Nothing can bring those two into conflict like the birthday party experience. When I find myself waffling over a parenting decision, I ask myself, “How will this impact my children long-term?” Often, it’s hard to be certain, but this I do know. The example I set in […]

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12 Ways to Say “I Love You”

12 Ways to Say “I Love You”

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

On Valentine’s Day, it’s fun to find creative ways to show our kids we love them. Here are some ideas for sharing the love on Feb. 14 — and all through the year. 1. Create a Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt. Write “I love you” notes to your kids and place them around the house along […]

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Outwit Your Appetite

Outwit Your Appetite

| December 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

If you’ve ever polished off an entire bowl of potato chips while chit-chatting at a party, or plowed through a basket of tortilla chips before your entrée arrives, you might think you have little control over your appetite. Yet research shows that the drive to eat often doesn’t have much to do with actual hunger. […]

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Grandparents Stories

Grandparents Stories

| November 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

There’s no denying the special bond and opportunity for wisdom to be shared between grandparents and grandchildren. For those fortunate enough to have grandparents in their lives, the holidays are an especially rich opportunity for cross-generational sharing. In cultures around the world, grandmothers are revered as the keepers of knowledge, love and sanctity of family. […]

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Have a Haiku Holiday

Have a Haiku Holiday

Holidays give us permission to overdo everything, from food to gifts to social commitments. But all that extra stuff can drain your energy and your bank account. In The Power of Less, author Leo Babauta, known for his popular Zen Habits blog, encourages us to find abundance by setting limits. Japanese poems called haiku — […]

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Holiday Breaks with Teens & Tweens

Holiday Breaks with Teens & Tweens

| November 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

The excitement of the holiday break from school wanes quickly for teens and tweens. Often stretching out too long, parents are left to figure out how to combat sibling squabbles and the constant lure of technology until our kids return to school. So when you sense the sibling onslaught about to begin, or you watch […]

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40 Holiday Traditions to Start Now!

40 Holiday Traditions to Start Now!

| November 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

The holiday season gives us plenty of opportunities to kick off a new tradition. By doing something that creates and rekindles memories year after year, you are building a family custom. Looking to try something new this year? Consider these ideas to freshen up the holidays in your family. Be of service 1. Play board […]

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Family Holiday Favorites

Family Holiday Favorites

| November 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Every holiday season is fraught with commitments, gatherings, cards and cooking. It’s become so hectic that one can almost forget that the season means taking in the sights and celebrations that accompany this time of year. Here, we share three favorites that, in their own ways, dazzle children of all ages: The Portland Ballet, Imago […]

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Giving Gratitude

Giving Gratitude

| November 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Thanksgiving is not a holiday about wearing a costume, receiving candy or getting gifts. It’s all about stuffing your face with too much turkey and pumpkin pie, succumbing to a food coma while watching football, then launching an attack on Black Friday sales, right? Of course, in reality, it’s not about those things at all. […]

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