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Articles in Exceptional Lives, April Blackburn, Mandy Cowley, Cristian Hardy, Turn the Page, Family Life and Holidays

Let It Go at the Library!

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In November of 2013, when the movie Frozen hit theaters, I was totally an amateur mom. In fact, we didn’t even see it and opted for a dinosaur movie with PMan because we thought he would enjoy that better. At the time, he was three and obsessed with ... Read full article

My Life: After Attempting Suicide

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Emma Benoit is ascending. The 19 year old graduated from Dutchtown High School in 2018, but the summer before her senior year was when her life changed forever. ... Read full article

It's Not My Fault!

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To be accountable means to be responsible or answerable to someone for something. It involves taking responsibility for our own actions and knowing that they impact others, sometimes positively and sometimes negatively.... Read full article

She's Looking at Me Funny!

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5 Ways To Get Your Children To Argue Less... Read full article

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



Making Your Own Dreams and Goals a Priority

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After a few soul sucking years of saying “maybe one day” and getting through the toddler years, I couldn’t pretend that I didn’t have these dreams anymore. I went back to the drawing board to figure out how to make my own goals & dreams a priority.... Read full article

To Date or Not To Date? When is Your Child Ready?

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According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children, on average, are now beginning to date at 12 ½ for girls and 13 ½ for boys. How we define dating, however, could change these averages. The recent trend among early adolescents is for boys and... Read full article

10 Things Kids Should Know Before College

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Your family has survived the testing, the essays, the applications, and the waiting game. Now, it’s time to teach your college-bound child some important skills before she heads out of the house and explores the world on her own. Here are some basic ... Read full article

Can you be Cool in a Minivan?

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To my shock and dismay, Suburbans did not have four latch systems. Apparently, there are very few families looking to safely buckle a two-year-old and three newborns. Thus I began my journey into the minivan world.... Read full article

How Far Should You Go To Respect Your Teen's Privacy

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Locking doors, whispering with friends, and mysteriously passing through the house—actions similar to that of an undercover operative and also commonly attributed to teenagers wanting to preserve their privacy.... Read full article

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