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Gifts of Self-Nurturing for Parents of Special Needs Kids

Gifts of Self-Nurturing for Parents of Special Needs Kids

| December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Fine” is a relative term. Any parent of a child with specials needs will tell you that. “Fine” is a day that is fairly calm, without outbursts, temper tantrums and sensory drama. “Fine” is when a parent’s well of patience and emotion are not depleted within hours of waking, a day when they are not […]

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The Road from Rock Star to Fatherhood: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

The Road from Rock Star to Fatherhood: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

| December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Much of what we listened to growing up derived from our own Northwest backyard, including the rock band, Candlebox. A radio dial couldn’t be touched without hearing one of their two major hits, “You” and “Far Behind,” off their self-titled debut album, “Candlebox,” released in 1993. While at Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp, we were […]

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The Gift of a Mother’s Love

The Gift of a Mother’s Love

| December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

In love, all things are possible. No one understands that sentiment more than Crystal Sirignano and her daughter Kendra. In her inspiring new memoir, “Labor of Love,” Crystal relays how, at age 52, she carried and delivered her daughter’s twins, Nico and Mia, with the support of her husband DJ and the help of in-vitro […]

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“It’s Not Fair!” – How to Handle Holiday Rivalry

“It’s Not Fair!” – How to Handle Holiday Rivalry

| December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

You shop ’til you drop for holiday gifts. Then, as the flurry of wrapping and ribbons settles on the living room floor, you hear a shrill, small voice whine, “Mom, she got seven presents and I only got five. It’s not fair!” Material gifts are no substitute for parental affection. Still, kids make the connection […]

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Mindfulness Studies At School

Mindfulness Studies At School

| October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of the students was so afraid he vomited in a school trashcan. Hearing that, I felt the magnitude of the situation. This is not the world I grew up in, I thought. Back then, students prepared for fires, not school shooters. A week before the trashcan incident, teens at Wilson High School took part […]

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Thanking Those Who Serve

Thanking Those Who Serve

| October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

During this month of Thanksgiving, don’t forget to include our military service members in your gestures of appreciation. Many organizations and veterans groups offer ways to help support and show gratitude to members of the armed forces. Let our veterans, deployed service members and military families know that you appreciate their sacrifices. Here’s how: 1) […]

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What Teens Get From Giving Back

What Teens Get From Giving Back

| October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mitchell teaches at-risk youths how to sail a tall ship. Carly interprets the life of a 19th-century child. And Haley walks dogs at an animal shelter. What do these three kids have in common? They’re among the estimated 15.5 million young people who participate in volunteer activities. And like many others, these three kids are […]

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Snap Judgments about Snapchat

Snap Judgments about Snapchat

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

By now, most parents have heard of Snapchat, the phenomenally popular new messaging app that allows users to annotate and send photos and very short videos to their friends. Unlike other messages, Snapchats are supposed to disappear in ten seconds. Kids who are tired of having their lives searched and analyzed on Facebook love that […]

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Having the Tough Talks

Having the Tough Talks

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

When it comes to discussing difficult topics with your kids, your natural inclination may be to avoid the discomfort altogether. But remember, your children will pay for your hesitancy or embarrassment with a lack of awareness they will need to make good decisions. You don’t want your child making emotion-fueled, spur-of-the-moment choices about alcohol, sex […]

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Kids & School Success

Kids & School Success

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

From crawling, walking and babbling to the angst and rebellion of the tween and teen years, children constantly go through a predictable set of developmental stages physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. “Along the way, any of these areas can be ahead or behind the others in their timing, then switch, which can be confusing for […]

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