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Teen Dating Violence – It’s Worse Than Parents Think

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, an issue most parents think will never effect their son or daughter.  But, unfortunately, that’s not the case.  Most parents don’t realize the extent of date violence and abuse among teens.  According to a study conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited (TRU):   1 in 5 teens that have […]

Dr. Lyndsay on Childhood Obesity—Tips for Healthy Living

The following is a guest blog posting by Dr. Lyndsay Elliott. 1) Encourage movement. Get moving with your kids. Walk to/from school and places nearby home, encourage them to participate in organized sports for team building, self-esteem increase, challenge their own physical abilities. Set limits on “indoor” time and encourage them to get out of the […]

If God Cares So Much WHY DO I STILL HURT? A Practical Spiritual Guide to Happiness by Kerie Boshka

The following is a guest blog posting by Kerie Boshka, author of If God Cares So Much WHY DO I STILL HURT? A Practical Spiritual Guide to Happiness.   Hello friends –  Many of us feel it is our duty to protect the children in our care. There is nothing more painful than seeing a child […]

Five signs your aging parents need help

For many people, going home for the holidays means facing an unpleasant reality.  Our parents are aging and, in fact, could be rapidly declining to a point that intervention is required in order to keep them safe. It’s hard to face.  After all, this means admitting that we’re getting older as well but, more importantly, […]

Would it be rude to show up at the relative’s house in Hazmat suits?

So, here’s the social etiquette dilemma of the day.  We’re going to be heading over to my cousin’s house for Christmas this year.  I always enjoy getting the kids together with their cousins but today I got the call that every mother dreads.  Yes, my cousin’s kids are sick with colds – hopefully it’s just […]

A request from people who would rather the holiday season be over

I have to admit that ever since my first son died, Christmas really hasn’t been the same.  I put on a festive face and certainly play it up for my other kids but, inside, it’s as if a light went out.  I often times feel like I’m going through the motions and just getting everything […]

My “Mom Mission”– Quieting a Cough in the Middle of the Night

Vicks VapoRub to the Rescue! Since my kids have already missed two weeks of school due to Tropical Storm Irene and the freak “Halloween snow storm,” I’m doing everything possible to keep them healthy and not miss another day of school. So when my youngest daughter started developing a cough I went into complete attack […]

10 Ways Parents Can Promote a Healthy Self-Image In Their Children by Dr. Lyndsay Elliott

1. Instill Confidence: When you comment on internal qualities you instill self-assuredness in your child. Use phrases such as, “You are really good at….” Or “You seem to really know…” Reward effort and completion, instead of outcome. 2. Encourage Movement: Find a physical activity that your child enjoys, and focus on how being active makes […]