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Dealing with Passive-Aggressive In-Laws

Do you have a mother-in-law or a daughter-in-law who says she is "fine" but then starts in with loud, heavy sighs or undermining "accidental" oversights? No matter what she says or doesn't say, her actions are screaming the real truth: She is not happy with you. This is called passive aggressive behavior, and it's not your imagination--it's very...

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We Are Here
We Are Here

The Easter season can bring back many fond childhood memories. As kids, we gleefully rummaged through the yard looking for those precious, carefully hidden eggs. We got time off from school, we stuffed our faces with candy, and we had a big feast with the family. For many -- religious or not -- Easter was traditionally a widely celebrated holiday. But...

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Single Mom Survival Kit 10: Looking Back On It Now
Single Mom Survival Kit 10: Looking Back On It Now

Life as a single mom, though difficult, can be empowering.  It was something I didn’t choose but because I was left with no choice, my two children and I moved forward to grasp what life had to offer. I didn’t change overnight, but I grew with each new step. We haven’t arrived; our scars are deep. It is because of our scars that we are...

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Grace and Curious George
Grace and Curious George

A few days ago, we were having a rough day here at La Maison McKenna.We were in a car wreck and then the very next day my daughter Elodie came down with a cold and an ear infection. Everything was all out of whack, including my attitude. Which meant that my heart was out of whack. Jered and I decided that it would be a good idea to go to this...

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The Single Mom Survival Kit 8: The Blame Game
The Single Mom Survival Kit 8: The Blame Game

When tragedy hits and life changes it’s easy to play The Blame Game.   When couples separate, emotions and tension can run very high.  The Blame Game can be a game of who was the worst, who did what, and what am I going to get out of it now. If this game continues, it destroys us.  It keeps us in a vicious cycle of anger and bitterness. We...

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What Would You Like To Do Today?
What Would You Like To Do Today?

A recent issue of O, The Oprah Magazine featured a quiz that used a pie chart to plot how you spend your day.  The quiz was in two parts. Part one plotted what you actually do now and part two was a list of things you love doing. The last part of the task involved seeing where (or if) the things you love fit into your usual day.  As I looked at...

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Dream Big
Dream Big

As a kid, how many times were you asked what you wanted to be when you grew up? Children are known for having a wild imagination. Parents giggle as their children announce that one day they would like to be an astronaut who teaches ballet at the moon and the next day they want to be a scientist investigating what cooties are made out of. As a parent,...

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Take A Road Trip This Summer
Take A Road Trip This Summer

Don’t worry about record-breaking gas prices. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates prices to be $3.79 a gallon this summer, less than in 2008. That’s good news for families considering reviving the tradition of a road trip vacation, one of the best experiences parents and kids can share, says Michael DiLorenzo, author of Adventures...

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