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Battling the Gimmies

Children want stuff. Unfortunately, that natural desire is too often overwhelmed by our culture of consumerism. For many families, the mass marketing of everything from video games to new clothes is a constant part of their day. And as children grow and try to find their place in or culture, the idea that they have […]

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Surviving Summer

We were all so looking forward to summer, weren’t we, mamas? Long, uninterrupted days of nothing that we had to do! Now a week later, there is nothing to do! Ah summer..you are wrecking our homes with your flip flops at the front door and your wet towels on the back deck. Summer, you also […]

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Your Child Wants to Get a Tattoo

Teenagers are curious creatures. When kids turn twelve many are already into adolescence, a time of great change in their brains, bodies and lives. Adolescence can be a trying time for parents as well; one day this cuddly, sweet boy does an about-face and utters profanities as he slams the door behind him. All teens […]

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Who Is your Hero?

The definition of the word hero means: a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal: A hero is someone who is brave and courageous in spite of the tremendous odds against him or her. It is a person […]

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Parents: Raising Your Child in a Troubling World

My two daughters are grown and have families of their own now. When my youngest daughter went to college she wrote me a letter that to this day I hold dear to my heart. She validated my parenting skills telling me she was glad I set boundaries and confronted her when she went against the […]

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Family Dynamics and Dilemmas

I was thirteen in 1970 so all of my teenage years were in the seventies, which was an interesting time in our country, especially for girls. I guess it really started much earlier but since we lived in the mid-west and my parents were very old fashioned and conservative we were always about a century […]

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