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February 25, 2020

College applications are pretty much finished and submitted. Now the waiting starts--the agonizing waiting to hear did your teen get in or not? Did she get into her top pick? Was any merit or scholarship offered? There’s a lot to do, the stakes are high, the deadlines...

February 18, 2020

With all the electronics and  games being played on computers, tv's and apps, old-fashioned play happens less and less.  But research that shows a strong link between play and the development of cognitive and social skills. For example, play is linked to growth in memo...

February 14, 2020

​It’s Valentine’s Day today. Some people love it; others hate it.  I’m somewhat indifferent to it at this point in my life. I’d be more than happy to celebrate it, but I’m also totally good not.  I do send little valentines to my kids though. This year it was Thin Mint...

February 11, 2020

As our kids grow into the teen years, they've hopefully learned a few things like  good manners; how to study; how to manage their emotions and deal with peer pressure.  If they are older and heading off to college or moving out and working, we need to know they're pre...

February 2, 2020

May first is rapidly approaching and seniors need to choose which college or university they are going to attend. It’s exciting and scary and a bit overwhelming. You’re armed with your college acceptance letters but now how do you choose which one is for you?

There are...

January 15, 2020

You know when your mind won't shut up? Or when you wake up like a shot--mind alert and heart pounding? Read this to learn quick and easy ways to fall back asleep

December 31, 2019

How do you feel about resolutions? At this time of year, we all tend to pick a few things about ourselves to change for next year. Often I say I want to lose weight, eat healthily, exercise more, stop drinking....you get the picture. I feel like I make those annually--...

December 2, 2019

Girls who have a positive relationship with their fathers achieve more academically, make better relationship choices and have more confidence.

Growing up, I had a great relationship with my dad, and I love to see my husband with our daughter. They have a special bond t...

November 15, 2019

Many college students come home for Thanksgiving, and while you're all looking forward to it, it can be an adjustment. You are excited about having her home, but you may also be nervous about what to anticipate.  It's often the first extended time at home since they le...

November 5, 2019

One of the really hard things about parenting young kids is that you don't know what you don't know. And your kids are too young to tell you. So when your child misbehaves or throws tantrums it's not easy to discern whether its a health issue or it's just an angry chil...

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