Revving Up for the Holidays!

November 2010 - Revving Up for the Holidays!

by Karyn L. Beach We are less than two weeks away from Thanksgiving. There is a lot to look forward to: big, yummy holiday dinners, parties, shopping for gifts, decorating, seasonal music and the list goes on. But for many people, the holidays bring just as much stress as they do satisfaction. So

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Sister, Sister!

June 2010 - Sister, Sister!

The differences between my oldest daughters, Ariana and Alana, still amaze me and seem to be more apparent each day. Although, just 16 months apart in age, they are worlds apart in words and actions. Ariana and Alana are roommates and sleep in bunk beds. One night Ariana comes back downstairs

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Your Most Important Performance Review

June 2010 - Your Most Important Performance Review

by Kim  Crouch I remember once hearing Chris Rock say about his role as a parent that his entire life is about keeping his daughters off the pole. The pole he was referring to of course was the stripping pole. And while said in humor, his point was merely that as a parent it’s his role to ensu

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March 2010 - Working From Home

By Annika Murray I had an epiphany just the other day. I realized that the longer I sat at my computer, the less housework I get done. Yes, I work from home. I find it increasingly difficult to keep my home in “open house” status when the kids and I are at home all day. I love a clean h

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February 2010 - Stuck in the Middle

By Annika Murray Sometimes I feel sorry for my son, Alston. At 4 years old, he is smack in the middle of his siblings. We have the two oldest, Ariana and Alana, and of course the two babies, Ayden and Avary. Ariana and Alana are just 16 months apart in age. Ayden and Avary are just shy of 18

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February 2010 - Video Games and Children

By Victor Medina As the popularity of video games increases, the debate over their effect on children rages. Some child psychologists and family groups argue violent and mature video games negatively affect children. Parents who complain that video games are harmful may now have proof. A numb

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December 2009 - Have a Stress-Free Holiday Season

by Kristie Leong M.D. It's the most wonderful time of the year and also the most stressful. The holidays may be full of cheer, but they can take a toll on your stress level and your health. From the pressures of shopping to visiting relatives there doesn't seem to be a free moment. Wouldn't it be

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December 2009 - Getting Children Involved in the Spirit of Giving

By Kori Rodley Irons Parents often complain that during the holiday season, the focus for their kids seems to be on “getting” - asking and receiving an abundance of gifts and treats. Everywhere they go, people ask them what the “want.” For many parents, all this wanting can get to be too

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December 2009 - An Unexpected Gift

by Annika Murray I don’t like the terminology, “unwanted” pregnancy.  An unplanned or unexpected pregnancy is totally different from an unwanted one.  I can’t say that I planned all my pregnancies, but I certainly know that I wanted each one.  I’m enjoying Avary’s beautiful smile

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November 2009 - Parent Up: Standing Up for Your Child

by Kim Crouch I'm certain I'm not the only one frustrated or who has encountered this but what is going on with some parents in our community? I mean when did parenting become a burden? I was the keynote speaker at an event this past weekend for a local organization and talking about the power of

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November 2009 - A Moment Alone

by Annika Murray Just the other day I walk into my laundry room and to my surprise, I find Alana (almost 7 years old) standing in the corner. She was carefully tucked away in the midst of loads of laundry needing washing, drying, folding and hanging. I call it "Mt. Murray", but let's save that

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October 2009 - Reclaiming My Space

By Annika Murray Each week I tell myself I will reclaim some space in my house for myself. You can imagine that my home has become quite smaller with each new addition. Of course, being married for 12 years, I have become accustomed to my permanent roommate situation (husband). I'm used to that!

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April 2009 - C’mon Let’s Laugh: Full Moon Off

by  Marilyn Sprague-Smith, M.Ed America is celebrating the 33rd anniversary of National Humor Month in April. The original intent of this month-long celebration was to heighten public awareness of the joy and therapeutic value of humor and laughter. Through first-hand experience, I’m discoveri

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