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November, 2012

Morning routines set the tone for the day . . .

Morning routines can create stress in a family. Time pressures and moods can evolve into an emotional storm, with voices rising and good-bye hugs forgotten. Who wants to start the day like that? As a parent, you can help mornings move along more smoothly by planning, organizing, and also engaging each member of the family. …Continue reading

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Gratitude revisited . . .

November seems like a good month to review what is known about giving thanks. Having a sense of gratitude feels good, and research psychologists are finding that the pleasant emotion of gratitude and its expression result in higher levels of happiness, vitality, optimism, and hope. All of these lead to greater satisfaction with life. People …Continue reading

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Building resiliency in children . . .

When we think about nurturing resiliency in children, we need to include thoughts about supporting development of their own true and unique selves. Helping our children be who they are means that we allow them freedom to sometimes be solitary, give them a chance to discover that they can be in charge of satisfying their …Continue reading

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We all need breaks in our day . . .

Imagine our ancestors moving to the rhythm of the seasons and the sunrise and sunset of each day. Though life for them was tough in some ways, they did have more downtime. Our bodies and minds evolved accustomed to taking some breaks. Now we are in the twenty-first century. Most people—perhaps particularly parents—are on the …Continue reading

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