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As a Family Life Educator, I am asked to do many types of programs that cover the entire lifespan. This can become quite interesting when you find yourself teaching young mothers about separation anxiety, retired adults about motivation, and working families about balancing work and home life – all in one day! There is one topic that is commonly requested and applies to all ages and stages in l...

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The Search is Over: Sweet Summer Memories are Closer Than You Think!

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Back to School Shopping: It's As Easy as A-B-C and 1-2-3

Posted by Cara Allen - Parenting

There are already ads for back to school supplies!  Didn't school just end?  Have kids even had a chance to get bored yet? A favorite commercial shows a dad shopping for his two children.  He is jumping and dancing down the aisles as his daughter and son look bored....and embarrassed.  The song playing in the background?  "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." It's telling,...

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When Life Gives You Lemons: Building Resilience in Kids

Posted by Karla Belzer - Parenting

On the way to his first ever game where actual score would be kept (and mean something), my son confides in me that he is nervous. "Do your best and have fun" were the only words of wisdom I could manage to squeak out while he tried to calm his own butterflies. As the game progressed and wanting to be proactive, my mind raced towards what I would say to comfort my child if his team lost and how I...

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Making the most of our time together on the road

How do you and your family spend time in the car? Does it matter whether you are driving across town or driving somewhere for a vacation or weekend road trip? Should it? American's spend a lot of time in the car. Looking at national statistics it is a little shocking at first. On average a person spends: 15 hours a week driving 38 hours a year stuck in traffic –...

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