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Voices from the past

A sad reality hit me the other night. As I was talking with my nephew about his deceased grandparents (and great-grandparents), it struck me that I’ve largely forgotten what their voices sounded like. I can hear them pronounce certain words and how they phrased things in my head, but that’s no way to convey that to my nephew. Before…

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The push-over parent

Dr. Dan Kindlon, child psychologist and author observes,  “Many parents today identify with being young and have trouble assuming the mantle of authority.” Dr. Kindlon is referring to parents who have abdicated the throne.  More accurately stated, these parents have given authority to their children. Kids are consulted about…

How do I honor a dishonorable father?

Father’s Day has passed and many of you had wonderful barbeques or breakfasts celebrating your dads. Others are feeling sad, disappointed and flooded with memories of an awful childhood. You may have been abandoned, sexually abused, emotionally battered or treated with indifference or cruelty. How do we honor this kind of father?…

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Teenagers & Parties

For many teenagers, attending parties and meeting friends are important in their social development. Parties can be positive and fun, but parents are often concerned about parties getting out of hand. So with that in mind, what should parents know before giving permission for their teenager to attend a party? Mom and Dad, you need…

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Addressing mental health

Imagine having a broken relationship with a parent, seeking to reconcile as an adult — but being rebuffed in the process.  Then what do you do?  Leslie Leyland Fields lived that experience, and out of it she has written a powerful book called Forgiving Our Fathers And Mothers: Finding Freedom From Hurt And Hate.  Sometimes…

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Mornings with Adam and April

Imagine having a broken relationship with a parent, seeking to reconcile as an adult — but being rebuffed in the process.  Then what do you do?  Leslie Leyland Fields lived that experience, and out of it she has written a powerful book called Forgiving Our Fathers And Mothers: Finding Freedom From Hurt And Hate.  Sometimes…

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Change the world by making your bed

US Navy Admiral, William H. McRaven, delivers a speech about the importance of doing the little things like making your bed, embracing the fears of life, and changing the world for generations to come.

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