I don’t know about you but it seems that every headline I read lately involves violence to another person, or hatred, or prejudice of some nature. I feel sadness, fear, and a deep desire to try to help. You, loyal readers, are parents and I’ve always felt that we are in the most important seat…

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Do you remember the lazy days of summer when you were growing up? Maybe you’d ride your bike to a friend’s house, play tag, grab some kids for a game of baseball, or read a good book while lounging in a hammock? Fast forward to today when the average child ages 8-18 is on an…

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Each year, I like to incorporate at least one act of “thanks” into our Thanksgiving celebration. Last year, when we entertained a family with seven kids, we made a gratefulness paper chain that was a big hit. Two years ago, when my husband’s family visited, we created a gratefulness table cloth. Here are three ideas…

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Bullying is rampant in kids’ schools. It’s estimated that HALF of kids experience stress and anxiety about school as a result of bullying, whether they’re the target of the bullying or witness it. Is your child one of them? The truth is that most kids won’t tell their parents. It’s embarrassing. So, what I recommend…

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The start of a new school year can be stressful for kids. There are new classmates, a new teacher, new rules, new responsibilities and higher expectations to meet. In addition, many children are involved in multiple activities and aren’t getting enough sleep. The combination of these factors can add up to a stressed out child….

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This month I wanted to focus on healthy nutrition and eating habits for our family so I’ve invited Dietitian Cassie Bjork, owner of Healthy Simple Life, to provide us with easy, nutrition-packed eating tips. Cassie will also be presenting important information on how to pack our meals with the best fuel for feeding our families…

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As I walked my dog today I saw a 10-year-old boy mowing the lawn, his 8-year-old brother cleaning out the garage and his 5-year-old sister sweeping the sidewalk. I gave the mom a big thumbs up as I walked by. Perhaps this mom knows that the number one predictor of a child’s success as a…

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This week, I asked a wonderful doctor with Health East, Kavita Monteiro, to provide us with essential tips for helping our kids have a safe and healthy summer.  Kavita kindly agreed and is sharing the following information so our kids can hopefully  avoid some common summer hazards. Kavita is also a mom and I love…

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Mother’s Day is this weekend. It’s always a bittersweet holiday for me. My Mom passed away 16 years ago and I miss her dearly. I feel  fortunate that I’m a mom, however, and I love spending the day with my husband and our two lovely daughters. I was blessed to have an in incredible mom…

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