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Articles in Monthly Guides, Mandy Cowley, Mari Walker, Family Life and Health and Wellness

Words of Wisdom From a Former Camp Counselor

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Learning to live independently is certainly difficult, but parents can help children grow up by encouraging their freedom in appropriate stages.... Read full article

Getting Started with Mindfulness for Kids

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You will notice the awareness you are teaching in these structured moments is carrying over into your child’s everyday life. The ability to slow down and be more aware will help them navigate relationships, school, and tough emotions more effectively... Read full article

Please Go to Sleep!

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“I want my fan on.” “I need to go to the bathroom.” “Can I take my shirt off?” These are just a few of the MANY requests we receive every night as we try to put Little Bud to sleep. He invents a myriad of reasons for why he can’t go to sleep from ni... Read full article

Coping With Early Puberty In Girls

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You might be surprised to read that the young age of eight is considered to be within the range of what is normal for puberty, yet on the other hand, you might have noticed that girls do seem to be maturing at earlier ages. ... Read full article

Baby Cavities Be Gone!

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Why should parents worry about cavities in their little ones when the baby teeth are going to fall out anyway? The big answer is that decay in those little teeth can have serious and far-reaching health consequences. As a result, an unprecedented num... Read full article



Choking on Aisle Five

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Heeding Food-Label Warnings... Read full article

Someday I Won't Be Here

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A Mom's Letter To Her Family.... Read full article

From Color-Blind to Color-Brave: Talking with Kids About Race

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Growing up in a mostly white region, I don’t remember a lot of family conversations about race. But my lawyer parents, both public defenders, shared a law practice in a racially diverse neighborhood. I saw how their clients with black and brown skin ... Read full article

Good Enough: Trading Perfect for Present

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We often put unrealistic expectations on our shoulders. On top of our own delusions of perfection, we pile on our expectations for our children.... Read full article

Bringing Back Old-Fashioned Toys

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The scene is all too familiar. Toys are scattered around the room—the noise of blinking toys, buzzing toys, talking toys—all lit by the glow of the television and smartphones in hand.... Read full article

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