Articles in Exceptional Lives, March Guides, Susan Lowry Cedotal, Kirsten Raby, Summer Fun, Family Life and One Amazing Kid

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.)

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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

A Different Kind of Strength

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Brady Larson was two and a half when his parents, Sherry Carpenter Larson and Eric Larson, received the devastating news that he has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The genetic disorder is characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. B... Read full article

Life Lessons Learned at Overnight Camp

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Ask anyone who has ever been to overnight camp about his or her experience, and you will hear endless tales of comradery, cabin mates, and campfires. Many times, campers will say overnight camp was the first time they rode a horse, shot a bow and arr... 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

Joshua Green

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What started as a way to fill summer days as a kid became a passion for 16-year-old Joshua Green. When Joshua was five, his mom, Brenda, began taking him to the Kids Bowl Free summer program.... 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

Annie Engholm

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While most kids took advantage of additional screen time when quarantining in 2020, Annie Engholm used her extra time at home to craft. She turned her hobby into a lucrative Etsy shop and has given away all her profits.... 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

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