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A Seat at the Family Table

There’s something about fall that brings people together. Maybe the cooler weather makes us desperate for warmth, maybe it’s the history of the harvest and people working together to prepare for the winter ahead, or maybe it’s as simple as needing 16 people to finish that Costco-sized pumpkin pie! At least for my family, autumn has always been...

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Human Trafficking Movie Grabs Hearts
Human Trafficking Movie Grabs Hearts

It’s her eyes and innocent face that first grab your heart. At least they grabbed mine. Annika, a delicate young girl, has been unwittingly handed into virtual slavery by her homeless father.  She faces a bleak future of sweatshop labor and sex-for-sale .  She seems precious, blameless, so undeserving of this hell, but life is cheap for an...

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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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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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Encourage a Dad Today!
Encourage a Dad Today!

I was the lone female at a men’s conference... a rare opportunity to speak. As I stood at the podium I saw the faces of some men whom I knew, whose wives and kids I also knew. I was aware of some of the challenges in their homes. Yet as I looked out I saw men who truly wanted to be good husbands and dads. Some had come to their positions as...

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