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Tips for Talking to Your Teen
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Relationships
Teens
Young Adults

Tips for Talking to Your Teen

Little kids want nothing more than to talk to mommy and daddy – sometimes a bit too much! But teens? We all know that changes in the teen years. You still see your baby even as they start driving, graduate, move out, and start their own life. Finding a balance between the baby you see […]

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33 Questions To Ask Your Dad
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Family
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Grandparents
My Dad
Relationships
Then and Now

33 Questions to Ask Your Dad

Two weeks ago, my dad was healthy. Old (in his 80s, he won’t argue that point), but healthy. Within 24 hours, he was hospitalized and although he is home now, they never figured out what went wrong and he’s still not well. It’s the sort of thing that really makes you realize all the questions you […]

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Camouflage, Cover, and Concealment: The Art of Staying Safe
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Camouflage, Cover, and Concealment: The Art of Staying Safe

This is from a book I am writing “26 Mental & Urban Life Skills” in my series “Survival Skills for All Ages.”  Given the events in Las Vegas last night, I decided to share this information on camouflage, cover, and concealment. I pray that you and yours never need it.  Escape and evasion is always […]

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10 Great Picture Books You Never Heard Of
Books
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Little Kids
Preschool

10 GREAT Picture Books You’ve Never Heard Of

There are mountains, heaps, and masses of amazing picture books available today. No matter what your tyke is interested in or worried about, there is a picture book (or five) about it. Our personal collection of picture books included a larger-than-average number of books focused on art and artists. I am really at a loss to […]

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When Mental Illness Strikes Close to Home
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Mental Health
Social Issues

When Mental Illness Strikes Close to Home

When mental illness strikes close to home, it can be hard to know what to do. The first, and sometimes hardest, step is recognizing that it really is mental illness. When mental illness gets scary, it’s more than depression or anxiety. In the cases that impacted our family, it definitely involved delusions and paranoia. Thankfully, it […]

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Then and Now: Used Bookstores
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Finances
Short Reads
Then and Now

Then and Now: Used Bookstores

When was the last time you went to a used bookstore? My parents took me to them all the time when I was a kid because they “couldn’t afford to buy all my books new.” Their words, not mine. At some point, probably when I moved to a big city and wasn’t reading as much, […]

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Why Barbie isn't a Terrible Role Model
Daughters
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Fun and Games
Little Kids

Why Barbie Isn’t a Terrible Role Model

Barbie gets a bad rap from grown-ups because that don’t understand what little girls instinctively know: Barbie is a 3D paper doll, full stop. And that’s the crux of why Barbie isn’t a terrible role model: She isn’t a role model at all.  I learned a lot from Barbie playing with Barbies, but none of […]

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Late Summer Gardening with Kids
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Outdoors
Outdoors
Short Reads

Late Summer Gardening with Kids

As summer is drawing to a close, parents start to want to toss their kids out. Not to anywhere in particular, just away. Anything to stop the bickering, the fussing, and the “I’m bored” comments. It isn’t just you. At the same time, our bank accounts start screaming from the pain of vacations, camps, back […]

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Staycation: Pro Level
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Travel
Travel & Vacation

Staycation: Pro Level

Staycations (a vacation where your home is your home base, not a hotel) are a great way to save money and most of us have great touristy things near us that we’ve never done or visited. There are lists of which cities are “best” for staycations, but my personal opinion is that you can have […]

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Websites to Help Dads with Daughters
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Lists

Websites to Help Dads with Daughters

Parenting is a challenge for everyone but dads with daughters can have some extra challenges, especially today. These websites have advice specifically for daughters and for parents raising daughters. We will keep adding to the list as we find more sites. Advice for my Daughter: A mom’s advice for her daughter, and to inspire other […]

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