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Getting Ready for Kindergarten? Start Now!

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Anyone with kids knows how quickly time can fly. One day, you are cuddling your newborn bundle of joy, and the next, you are sending him off to kindergarten. As exciting as this can be,starting school is a really big deal to small children and can be... Read full article

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

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Gone are the days when your young son would dress up as a pretend firefighter. Now, a teenager, he is making career decisions in high school.... Read full article

Stay Active: Building Confidence After School

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Learning a sport, game, musical instrument, drama, or other skill is its own reward. But participating in after-school activities can provide many additional benefits to kids, too.... Read full article

Skills Your Kindergartener Needs to Know

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With the first day of school right around the corner, parents are rushing around hurriedly, checking off their list of “must dos” before the start of the new year. Freshly sharpened pencils, blank notebook pages, starched uniforms, and new shoes beco... Read full article

Is Preschool the New College?

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For generations, it was a rite of passage for parents and their young adult children to pour over, sort through and decipher the mounds of college entrance information bombarding their mail boxes during the junior and senior years of high school. Str... Read full article



Sure Signs You’re a Mom to School-Aged Children

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It’s August–do you know where your school supply list is?! This school year snuck up on us like no other. We moved in May and our summer was literally turned upside down, and now it’s August and school is upon us. As I entered the scramble to prepare... Read full article

Kicks or Keys

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Children’s interests and activities are as diverse as the children themselves. Just as the right activity can build a child’s self-esteem and provide hours of enjoyment, the wrong one can do just the opposite. So, how do you find the right sport, clu... Read full article

Live 2 Serve

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Millennials often get a bad rap for being self-involved and lazy. The students and 20-somethings involved in the organization, Live 2 Serve, defy this stereotype.... Read full article

Relearning the Lost Art of Listening

by Cheryl Brodnax on

I’m a counselor; it’s a job requirement to be a good listener. Sometimes I wonder how I landed this gig because I haven’t always been a good listener.... Read full article

Embracing Failure

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How Mistakes Boost Motivation and Learning... Read full article

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