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From the Brink of Suicide: Why Society Should Talk About Mental Illness

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When I was a teenager, I was hanging out in my room one night when my mom came home really late. She quietly knocked and entered my bedroom. Her face was tear-stained and her voice cracked as she told me where she’d been. She had been attending the f... Read full article

Play! Create! Imagine! (and then Clean. It. Up.)

by Ellen Mecholsky on

I walk a very fine line between wanting my children to play and create and imagine...and wanting/NEEDING a tidy house to function at my best. I need order around me to feel relaxed and productive. If I wake up in the morning and I am greeted by a tra... Read full article

A Special Solution To Sibling Strife

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They’d barely tumbled in the door from school when it started. “Mom! I called that seat first!” “Mom! She took two cookies and I only got one!” And there I was, jumping in to play referee...again. ... Read full article

Protecting Baby’s Oral Health

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The period when babies are teething can be tough on children and their parents. While parents who have dealt with teething infants in the past might be able to recognize when their new babies’ teeth are coming in, first-time parents may wonder why th... Read full article

For the Love of the Arts

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When Jenny Ballard was 11 years old, her parents took her to see a play. It was Shakespeare’s As You Like It–an experience that she’s never forgotten. “I remember the way it transformed the way I thought about the world,” she says. “From the lights g... Read full article



Party in Place: Celebrating Birthdays During Isolation

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We love birthday celebrations at our house, and I always have a big party for my children! They invite all of their friends and I’ll decorate the entire house and make food platters. My sister always makes the birthday cakes. Our house is filled for ... Read full article

C'mon, Mom!

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Are You A Good Sports Parent?... Read full article

Can I Please Get a Little Peace and Quiet?

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I turned the bathroom door lock with a click. My book in my hands, I nestled down on the bathroom rug. I looked at my phone and set my timer for 10 minutes. “After this, I’ll go back out there,” I said to myself.... Read full article

Turning the Page

by Toby Comeaux on

As we get closer to 2020 ending, I’ve been reflecting back on many of the goals that I set for myself at the beginning of the year. I wanted to spend more time talking to people, getting out of my comfort zone and relating to others in different situ... Read full article

Yes, We Are a Family

by Amy Delaney on

I recently saw an Instagram post of a mom and her adopted daughter creatively answering some of the most common questions that adoptive families receive. It was awesome and so relatable for me, and it brought to mind many of the questions that we use... Read full article

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