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The Greatest Gift You Can Give a Child: Empathy & Gratitude

I remember sitting at my nana’s kitchen table. My fingers fiddled with the plastic tablecloth and I could see the bumps from various notes, to-do lists, and articles my nana tucked under the tablecloth for safe keeping and reminders. Grandparents are the best. I can still smell the coffee. I can still hear the percolator…And …

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The Secret to Positive Discipline – Why Time Outs Aren’t Enough

“There has to be a consequence. He has to know the behavior is not okay,” my husband asserted looking at me straight in the eyes. I nodded. We’ve never given timeouts or sent our kids to their rooms for punishment. We’ve always worked through the issue with them, which, arguably, will help them a great …

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How a Daily Practice of Gratitude Helps Me Smile on Tough Days

Practicing daily gratitude saves me as a parent, a friend, a partner, a teacher, a sister, and a daughter. I need to share this story with you. Thank you, as always, for being part of this journey! Finally the tears and the inability to catch my breath hit me. My heart pounded hard. Sweat, shooting …

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What to Say to a Child Who Has Lost a Parent

My father died on a warm 1977 August day, six months after my twin sister and I were born. When a friend recently genuinely asked me: “You don’t remember your father at all then, right? Since you were so young?” I nodded my head in agreement.  My heart, though, screamed a totally different response. Do I remember …

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