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  In high school, I had what can only be described as an epiphany.             One day, while walking to Spanish class, an older girl approached me in the hall.  She sneered, scrutinized me from head to toe, and then laughed as if she’d just heard a hilarious joke.  Except it was just the two of us in the hall.  I felt...
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04.04.14 Family Painting
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Finding inexpensive indoor family activities can sometimes be difficult, and often leads to the same old "movie and popcorn night". While we enjoy a movie and popcorn as much as the next family, I am always looking for something else. When I saw this brilliant idea from my sister, I knew I had to try it out. She bought a large piece of...
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  Do you remember what it was like to have just gotten your license and drive a car without your parents? For me, I felt so grown up… like I just cut off the strings of parent dependency!  However, that feeling came to an abrupt halt as I found myself confused staring at the gas pump. One minor problem… I didn't know how to pump gas!...
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  {2004} Ten years ago, I left my small Idaho town to enter the much larger fish bowl of university life.  I was starting fresh, in a new state, with nothing but big dreams in my pocket.  My $6 an hour dream job at the movie theatre gave me free popcorn, soda, and movies.  How could life possibly get better?  My most frustrating...
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Spring is in the air, so what do my kids want to do?? Fly A Kite! It is definitely kite season.  Just yesterday at Costco they were selling the cutest kites.  My girls wanted to buy one so bad, but they didn't have enough money. So we did the next best thing--I told them we could make our own for cheaper and take them to the park and get some...
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Would you like to tell your kids something once and have them listen? Tired of the yelling?  Tired of the whining?  Tired of being tired?  You’re not alone.  From toddler temper-tantrums to teenage talking back, parents wonder what it takes to get kids to cooperate.  If you’re tired of nagging, reminding and yelling to get kids to...
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02.18.14 Pressing Reset
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“The internet’s down.” “Have you tried rebooting the modem? Unplug it, blow on the connectors, and plug it back in.” “My phone is frozen.” “Turn it off and back on again.” “Mom, my tablet won’t do ANYTHING!” “I think we have to do a hard reset.” In this age of technological wonder and digital magic, I’ve...
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We all know how important having a one-on-one date night with our significant other can be. Yay for Valentines Date Night coming up! But we often forget to make the time to spend that crucial one-on-one date time with our children. As a counselor specializing in children and parent relationships, I have one favorite assignment that I like to...
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If there’s one profession that can fill you with pride and joy one minute and then make you feel like a total Jerk-Nugget the next, it’s motherhood. It’s okay though, because another moment is on its way in which you will feel righteous anger, over-tear-filled-whelming LERVE, or complete bafflement. No emotion is off the table for parents....
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It's that time of year. Ah yes. Glorious cold season. Are any of you like me and find yourselves thinking that those darn colds seem to NEVER go away?! I was feeling discouraged the other day when I realized my cold was lasting FOREVER, and rather than put up with it any longer, I did what I always tend to do when I have a problem. Take it...
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