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Differing Family Traditions at the Holiday Season
Traditions offer family members an opportunity to feel included, share values and connect with each other in meaningful ways. While many link the holiday season with family traditions involving a celebration, celebration is only one type of tradition. The other major types are traditions of connection and traditions of community.
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How Much is Too Much?
All I want for (insert occasion here) is one of these, and one of these, and, oh! ALL of these! Please? (Picture adorable face of child, grandchild, nephew or niece, eyes wide, smiling hopefully.)
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Can We Talk? Making Couple Communication Effective
You cannot not communicate. It’s a rule. It’s a law of the universe. It’s a reality.
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Picture the person you might think of as stubborn, obstinate, uncompromising, adamant, hard-headed, insistent or unrelenting. Do you have someone in mind? Now think about a person who you would call determined, unwavering, strong-minded, gritty, persistent, firm, steadfast, resolute or persevering. What about now? Do you have someone in mind?
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Ready and Resilient
The start of a new school year often brings a bit of stress. The COVID-19 pandemic has the school community experiencing a lot of stress. Much of that stress is from not knowing what the disease will look like in a few weeks from now. For parents, helping your kids be ready and resilient may be the key.
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Work on Environmental Wellness as a Family
Wellness is an important topic for everyone in the family.
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Touch Important to Babies
Research during the past several years tells us that babies cannot be spoiled by being held.
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Are You Having "The Talk" About Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs?
Calendars already are filling up with exciting events for high school-age students. Prom and graduation top the list for many as “rites of passage.”
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5 Kindergarten Readiness Tips From an Experienced Kindergarten Teacher
Whether your child attends kindergarten in a school building or at home, or some of each, these five tips are important life skills.
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Family Meetings
If your family has not started the practice of family meetings, now is the perfect time. Include all members who share your home and can fully participate. Include everyone in the post-meeting fun.
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