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Parenting in changing times

Charles Hummel writes in his classic “Tyranny of the Urgent,” “Our lives leave a trail of unfinished tasks, unanswered letters, unvisited friends, unwritten articles, and unread books.” He asks the question – have you ever wished for a 30-hour day? Surely that would he...
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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Back To School Tips

You’ve had close to two months with your children living a carefree summer life. You’ve had the opportunity to create new memories with your family. It is probably a little hard to believe these days together are coming to an end so quickly. If you are like me, you might have strayed aw...
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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Don't discourage your son from working in a female-oriented career

              Being a male in a female-dominated field has its pros and cons; but in my opinion, the pros drastically outweigh the cons. It was an easy decision for me to choose such a demanding profession, but the lack of males in the social work program at the U...
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Raising Independent Children

Independence and self-reliance are valuable skills to equip children with as they grow up. We want them to be able to take care of themselves and not have to rely on others to meet their needs. To nurture and develop those skills, we have to start early in childhood. Starting as young as age 1 or 2...
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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Limiting screen time IS important

Today, the recommended screen time for children is two hours a day. Children under the age of 2 should not have any screen time. Let us all take a second to laugh at those two hours because if we’re being honest, our children spend that much time on iPads at school each day, which means their...
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Camp Memories provides place for healing

For the past four years, Youth First has provided the children of our community with an opportunity to come together in recognition and healing over the death of a loved one. Camp Memories is a bereavement camp that transforms the lives of children who have experienced loss. Facilitated by grief pr...
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Organizational skills are important

Organizational skills are important regardless of whether we are professionals in the work force, parents, teenagers or children.  Mastering these life skills will be valuable in every phase of our lives.  It is never too late to evaluate how your child is doing in mastering organizationa...
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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Change Your Food, Change Your Mood

At some point in time, I’m sure it’s safe to say we’ve all heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” Recent research into food and its effects on the body and mind may have us saying, “Change your food, change your mood.” Our brains are made of many neural...
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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Mindfulness for all ages

Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment and noticing inner experiences like thoughts and feelings.  Research shows that mindfulness can help reduce stress and anxiety.  Parents, children and teens may benefit from discussing their perception of mindfulness with each other...
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Fifty fun activities you can do with your family this summer!

Summer has arrived, and its time to start planning some fun things to do with your kids! Remember, it’s not the length of the activity that is most important, but the quality of the time you spend with your child that means the most. Also, as you will see from the list, there are many activit...
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Thursday, June 28, 2018