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    For better or for worse

    Twelve years ago I said “I do” in front of a big oak tree that had likely been growing roots on our ranch for close to 80 years. I stood beside a twenty-three year old man who I’d known since I was twelve years old, I held his hand and I made a promise to […]

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    Save me from the “Baby Shark” song

    Q: How do I get the “Baby Shark” song out of my head? Should I really be letting my kids listen to it so much? First question, you don’t. I’ve tried. My first impulse was to take a ballpeen hammer to my forehead until I forgot what songs were, but I’m told that sort of […]

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    When it comes to teenagers, just listen

    This year marks my tenth anniversary as an high school educator, and let me tell you one thing you probably already know: Teenagers are simultaneously the most fun and most frustrating humans you will encounter – often all in one day. (Kind of like my two-year-old, now that I’m thinking of it.) Call me crazy, […]

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    The “Wonder Drug” called Exercise

    by DesiRae Dinius, PA-C As parents, we are constantly worrying about our children’s health, as well as our own. This can seem never ending at times, and frequently there is conflicting advice on how to stay healthy. Medical researchers are spending millions of dollars and countless hours on researching new medications and treatments for medical conditions […]

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    From lost to found

    This week I lost my six-year-old, twice. Twice this week, tears overflowed the bright blue eyes of my red haired little Benji as he looked at the world, un-tethered and unprotected, and tried to problem solve his way back to me. The first sad tale of the lost and wandering Kindergartner happened on the bus […]

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    You’re done having babies

    I was finally hit with the question I think every mom gets at some point yet is speechless to the answer. My 2 youngest boys (nine and seven) were sitting with me at home and the youngest says, “Mom, I think we need another baby, I want another baby, I don’t want to the be […]

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    Why we make travel with our kids a priority

    Recently over a rare lunch out together, my 18-year-old daughter and I were discussing her future plans, and the topic turned to having a family. “Get to know each other first,” I advised. “Travel. See the world.” She laughed. “We can travel with babies. You did.” Traveling with kids is not without challenges, but as […]

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    Homemade desserts capture the spirit of Valentines Day

    Restaurant reservations, red roses and sparkling jewelry all are par for the course on Valentine’s Day. However, nothing may epitomize the holiday more than a decadent chocolate treat. When heart-shaped chocolate boxes are not enough, resourceful gifters can turn to homemade desserts to really capture the spirit of Valentine’s Day. This recipe for “Hot Cocoa […]

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    What social style is your child?

    In ancient Greece Hippocrates defined four personality types: sanguine, melancholic, choleric, phlegmatic. These were based on body fluids, or humors. Today we simply use questionnaires such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, MBTI, to define sixteen basic personality types. In Nurture by Nature, Paul Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger explain the sixteen basic Myers-Briggs types and how […]

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