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Family Night In - June

Posted by Cara Allen - Parenting

Family Night In is doing something at home as a family.  It has only one rule - everyone gets to participate and have fun.  So turn off the electronics and give one or more of these ideas a try! Plan an outdoor campout.  Roast hot dogs and marshmallows over a campfire or barbecue grill, sing songs, and sleep outside. Have an indoor campout.  Choose one room for yo...

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We've All Got A Story....Share Yours!

One of my most favorite programs I provide is a workshop on Life Story Writing. Meeting weekly over a period of 6 to 8 weeks, participants interested in learning more, starting, or continuing to work on recording their life story come together to share, learn, and grow. The three most common things people say to me when I speak about life story writing are: "My life isn't...

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Caregivers Need to Care for Selves

For many years, I have held workshops for caregivers and just recently hosted a webinar on caregiving for U of I Extension staff. Based on the interactions with participants, I get the feeling that these caregivers are not only searching for information,...

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What Gets You Up In The Morning?

I recently ran into a former colleague who told me that she had retired from the job at which she and I had worked together.  She "hated, absolutely hated" retirement so went back to work doing virtually the same thing, but at a different organization.  Although I can't say for sure, I wonder if her "absolute hatred" stemmed partly from a lack of planning.  Not that I am blaming her - many people...

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