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  • 5 Easy and Family Friendly Ways to Celebrate New Year’s at Home

    family friendly new year's eve

    It’s almost New Year’s.  Wondering what to do?  Do you really have to do anything?  Nope. Maybe you’re like me – not big into New Year’s parties or imbibing, but up for some low key fun.  If you find yourself wanting to do something different here are some ideas of family friendly activities to do […]

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  • Making the Holidays More Meaningful

    I was fine, content with what I had, but then I created my wish list for my family and felt a nagging feeling of greed grip me. Now suddenly I was thinking that would be nice…and oh that would be great. Ideas of things to add to my life tumbled into my mind. Wait. I […]

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  • What to Do When Someone Offends or Snaps at You

    ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt you ‘  I never found this saying to be true.  However, there are things you can do when people say hurtful things, whether they mean to or not. Communicate Your Feelings I think one of the most important things to do when someone […]

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  • Building a Better Relationship with Your Teen

    Here are some ideas I learned as a middle school teacher over the years. Don’t just ask how their day was.  Ask something specific. If you get the general answer of okay or one word answers try some questions like these: Any good songs they’ve been listening to? Did their favorite YouTuber post anything interesting […]

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  • How to Make Small Talk

    what to talk about at holiday meals

    The holiday season is upon us and it’s time to spend time with people we may see only once a year.  What do you say?   Here are some topics of conversation you might find helpful whether you barely see the person, don’t know them, or you see them all the time and nothing new has […]

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  • Helping Teens get Organized

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    The abyss. The black hole. These are nicknames I give to students’ binders in middle school.  Who can find anything in an explosion of papers? You know this all too well.  So what’s a parent to do?  Here are some steps I found that helped my students. Identify a System they already use (even if […]

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  • How to Make Friends if You’re New

    how to make new friends

    I felt like I was in one of those high school movies.  You sit in one spot in no one sits with you.  You sit in another and the people at the table don’t talk to you.  I was trying to get to know more people at a social gathering.  It wasn’t working.   It […]

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  • What to do when kids are bored…

    what to do when kids are bored

    Summer’s almost over and your kids might be going a bit stir crazy. I hate being bored and as an only child I often had to find my own source of entertainment which was usually computer games or reading in the winter and biking or walking in the woods in the summer.  So I can […]

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  • 3 Things to do When a Friend Loses a Loved One

    what to say when someone loses a loved one

    For the longest time I didn’t know what to say when a friend lost a loved one.  It’s not a usual topic of conversation to ask advice on either.  Recently a family friend passed away and I thought about how in the past I had no idea what to say.  So I thought I’d write […]

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  • How to Deal with Loss of a Friendship

    As times change and I move into different stages in my life, I notice the people in my life also change.  People I used to talk to and spend time with a lot I hardly see.  We exchange cards and occasional emails, but it’s not the same.  Sometimes I try to keep the connection going, […]