Articles in Exceptional Lives, Susan Lowry Cedotal, Mari Walker, April Guides and Holidays

Understanding and Coping with the Holiday Blues

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When I was a child, I was obsessed with Christmas, like I suppose most kids are. But, I knew that when the song, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” came on, things would get sad very quickly. As a first generation American, all I knew were small celebratio... Read full article

Overscheduled: Otherwise What’s a SAHM For?!

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When Miss Seven started Kindergarten, her dad and I decided to limit after school activities to two: one sport or otherwise something physical and one more arts focused activity. My, how times have changed. Right now, we have four extracurricular act... Read full article

Expert Tips on Handling Holiday Havoc

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Do the visions of sugarplums dancing in your head get flattened by your massive “To do” list each holiday season? Does the dream of a perfect white Christmas have you seeing red when it comes to dealing with family schedules? If your holiday travels ... Read full article

25 Days of Peace

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The angels proclaimed on the first Christmas, “Peace and goodwill to all.” Yet, the Christmas season seems to be about everything but peace in our hectic, consumeristic society. We can sing all the Christmas tunes we want about peace, but unless we ... Read full article

Reclaiming Life

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“I watched him shoot me,” Angela Gabriel says sadly. Nearly one year ago, Angela’s former boyfriend shot her 10 times while she sat in her bathtub on a Wednesday morning. She had just put her children on the bus and was getting ready for work, but it... Read full article



Be It Resolved: 2020 Parenting Goals

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January is here once again, and after the excess of the holiday season, the start of a new calendar feels like a good time for a clean start. (It also seems like a good time to buy some new toy storage solutions, but that’s probably another post!) Al... Read full article

No Santa Here (Except When He Is)

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“What are you asking Santa to bring you for Christmas?” Strangers in the grocery store and well-meaning friends at church ask my daughters this question without fail throughout December. My girls can usually answer, translating the question to the ... Read full article

Disney Rookies: Should We Book a Trip?

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Second graders are prone to hyperbole, or at least mine seems to be. However, she may be pretty close in thinking everyone but her has been to Disney World. Of course, I know that can’t possibly be true, but I do feel the allure of the magic mouse an... Read full article

I Choose Thanksgiving!

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I love Thanksgiving and do not want to hurry it out the door.So, I plan to savor this season until November 24. Then I will focus on Christmas. But until then, you can find me dreaming of green bean casserole, applesauce jello, and rice dressing. ... Read full article

Teaching Children to be Thankful

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As we approach the holiday season, our minds often turn to things for which we should be thankful: health, family, shelter, friends—all of these things become more important during this time of year. ... Read full article

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