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Articles in Family Life, Health and Wellness, April Guides and Jodi Carson

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

Protecting Baby’s Oral Health

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The period when babies are teething can be tough on children and their parents. While parents who have dealt with teething infants in the past might be able to recognize when their new babies’ teeth are coming in, first-time parents may wonder why th... Read full article

"Mama, Can I Help You Bake?"

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I revel in the moments of our time together where he’s my willing partner. In our baking moments he is not antagonizing his little brother, not making annoying sounds... but instead he is involved in a real job with me that keeps him smiling... Read full article

Letting Recess Slide: A Decline in Free Time

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How the decline in recess may be affecting your child.... Read full article

Suit Up, Mama!

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You’ll never consider my body bikini-ready or beach-worthy. I’ve never had six-pack abs or been a small person, even in my younger, pre-kid days. I have a soft, squishy tummy; big, strong thighs; big everything.... Read full article



It’s You or Him

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Here come the days of cool air and short shorts, where the birds are flying and bees are buzzing, but I’m not talking about spring! I’m talking about the days when boys start looking at my little girl, and I start losing my mind and practicing the ut... Read full article

Oh, the Tangled Web they Weave

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When Teenagers Lie... 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

Anxiety: A Mother and Son Perspective

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I absolutely despise anxiety and the havoc it is wreaking on my sweet child and on so many in his generation, but I love him so much. I pray that one day he doesn't wake up with the feeling of butterflies in his stomach. ... Read full article

Who Needs a Hot Meal?

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I go to take a bite of my food.  Just as the fork reaches my lips, my children ask, “What is for dessert?” They’ve finished their meal, and I’ve hardly had a chance to eat. It is lukewarm at this point which is how I’ve learned to eat my food.... Read full article

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