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Engaging Our Kids Outside the Home

By Kathryn Streeter Summer is greeting us with her cheerful grin, but parents who couldn’t come up for the air needed to plan for her grand entrance are not doing a happy dance. It looms instead like an epic black hole, begging for definition. Camp registration deadlines came and went …

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What to Do When Your Child Wants to Be an Influencer

Looking at the back-to-school pictures this past September, I noticed many included kids holding chalkboard signs with categories such as teacher’s name, grade year and favorite subject. The part that stuck out for me was under the headline “What do you want to be when you grow up?” A majority …

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Field of Greens: Tales of a Vegetarian

A little over two years ago, I became a vegetarian. I’d entertained the idea going meat-free before, but never for an extended period. As an animal lover, it grew increasingly important to me that I honor my values by what I consumed. It was a natural transition as I didn’t …

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Pregnancy Is Tough Work

We’ve been giving birth for centuries. Despite that, I am in awe every time I see a pregnant woman. I also think to myself how happy I am that it’s not me and that all of that is behind me. I did not love being pregnant. Not one minute of …

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Want a Healthier Family Life? Consider These Four Good Habits

Are you looking at your calendar shaking your head, wondering, how did this happen? It’s an ongoing challenge, to set boundaries so that the oxygen in our homes isn’t sucked dry by the endless stream of obligations, events and invitations creating exhaustion and unhappiness. Perhaps busyness, one of modern-day families’ …

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Loving Fully in An Unfair World

Today, a bird slowly died in front of my children. The impact against our sliding glass doors was deafening. Housebound by a winter storm, the kids and I quickly abandoned our hot chocolate in our rush to discover that a bright crimson cardinal had struck the glass. It now lay …

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What We Learned About Parenting at Starbucks

When our son was four-years-old, he fell in love. The object of his affection was voluptuous — and far too old for him. He saw her constantly. She had long flowing hair and intense eyes. He called her his “little love.” The fact that our son was smitten by the …

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Holiday Parties: Getting Your Kids Involved

Holidays guarantee entertaining, in one form or another. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the chaos of hosting, cutting dramatically into family time during a season which should be above all, family-centric. I countered this once by asking our son and daughter to be servers at a small dinner party …

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