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The Heart of the Matter by Sandra Fay Hoover

G rowing up in Birchwood Forest was not easy and Feely didn’t always believe in Love. He felt no one listened to him and his family called him a pest. Well, I know exactly how Feely feels. I’ve felt that way too. And yes, he may be a bug but young Feely was not a [...]

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How to Nurture Creativity in Our Children (and Ourselves) by Barnet Bain

Did you know that 98% of three-year-olds tested at brainstorming ideas, register as ‘creative geniuses?’ By age 25, that number is 2%.  It’s depressing, but true. By the time a child is ten years old, he or she has an imagination structured by tens of thousands of messages and inputs, all reinforcing the lie that [...]

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What Happens When You Don’t Have All The Answers? by Jolette Jai

It was the end of a perfect afternoon.  My five-year-old son and I had just spent the day hiking in nature, eating picnics, riding scooters, and now we were back at home drawing. He wanted to draw the entire alphabet, from A to Z.  So he does, concentrating hard on each letter as he forms [...]

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BOOK EXCERPT: Dissolving Toxic Masculinity – 9 Lessons for Raising Boys to be Empathetic, Compassionate Men by Thomas Haller

RECLAIMING YOUR ROLE AS SEX EDUCATOR Overcoming Obstacles that Prevent Parents from Talking to Their Kids About Sex Rochelle walked into the room to find the contents of her purse dumped on the floor. Her three year old son held up a tampon and asked, “Mommy what’s this?” Veronica and Tim are uninhibited about nudity. [...]

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How Energy Transfers to our Children by Sue DeCaro

All the energy that we, as parents, bring to every situation and experience is energy that they often absorb. What kind of energy do we want our children to absorb from us? As our children are growing and learning, our response to them is crucial. Reflecting on my own experiences, I can remember when my [...]

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BOOK EXCERPT: Now You See the Sky by Catharine H. Murray

Now You See the Sky is a memoir about love, motherhood, and loss. When Catharine H. Murray travels to a small town on the banks of the Mekong River to work at a refugee camp, she falls in love and marries a local man with whom she has three sons. When their middle son is [...]

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Two Peas in a Pot: 8 Kid-Friendly Activities for the Fall and Winter Garden Season by April Tucker

The end of summer typically marks the beginning of school for kids and sliding into fall harvests.  The slower pace of the fall and winter gardening season provides time to take a breath, take inventory, and take advantage of downtime to organize seeds, clean gardening tools for storage, and prep space for winter and spring [...]

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The Under-Acknowledged Role of Parental Relationships by Dr. Allan Hunter

Parenting has many aspects to it and no one ever gets it right all the time. Yet there is one aspect that gets overlooked that is the key to the whole thing. And that is: how the parent deals with other adults, especially the spouse (if there is one). Your attitude is the vital component. [...]

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936 Pennies: Depositing Social-Emotional Currency Into the Life of Your Child by Michele Royan, Jeff Morris & Dr. Gregory Spencer

What is the significance of 936 pennies or $9.36? 936 pennies represent the number of weeks that you have with your child from birth to the age of 18. Your 936th penny represents the day that your child walks across the stage and graduates from high school. The number 936 is important because EVERYTHING that [...]

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The Hero’s Journey of Optimal Childhood Development Part 2 by Zachariah Fisher

 Part 2: The Play Revolution “This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”—Alan Watts I can still remember how the basketball felt in my hands the first time I picked it [...]

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Dr. Leon Campbell has been mentoring youth and families for over 30 years. He’s the Life Advisor that Parents & Teens Trust