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Three Ways to Bring More Joy into Your New Year

Three Ways to Bring More Joy into Your New Year The new year is just beginning and maybe you’re already wondering how you’re going to crush that lengthy list of resolutions you made. The hard truth is we can’t create lasting change in our lives if we aren’t having fun in the process or enjoying …

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Creative Connection Tip: Host a Craft Party

How about hosting a craft party for your next Moms’ Night Out?  I’ve attended three craft parties since October. Two were at friends’ homes and another was at a local winery. Before you dismiss this idea out of hand simply because you don’t consider yourself crafty, I’ve found that women who claim to have the …

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Show Your Patriotism Through Community Engagement

Often we think of patriotism as displaying the flag, participating in the pledge of allegiance or singing along to the Star-Spangled Banner. While these are symbols of our national pride, to me patriotism also means taking steps to create a more positive, caring community that we can be proud to live in. In the spirit …

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The Power of Curiosity: A Book Review

Curiosity has been on my mind a lot lately. Maybe you’ve noticed. The October issue of Parents magazine includes my article “Eager Learners: Encouraging Your Child’s Curiosity at Home Will Spill Over Into Class” in the School Age ages and stages section. And last week, I wrote a post titled “How Curiosity Helps Us Connect.” …

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How Curiosity Helps Us Connect

I bet you have stories to tell. Happy stories, sad stories, triumphant stories and tragic stories. But did you know that none of it matters? At least not in the moment when you’re trying to get to know another person. Let’s say you’re headed to a get-together where you won’t know a lot of people. …

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“We Need Your Help!” How to Manage the Influx of Volunteer Requests

The beginning of the school year is flush with opportunities to get involved in your child’s school. Managed well, volunteering can be personally rewarding. Most of us feel good helping others and investing in community causes or organizations that value our time. When you take time to volunteer for your child’s school, your kids see …

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How to Be a Friend to a New Mom

Last year, media reports suggested that a baby boom was in the works courtesy of the naughty and risque book trilogy 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James. In a less titillating argument, others credit the economic recovery for spurring a U.S. baby boom. In fact, according to a U.S. Fertility Forecast report released by Demographic Intelligence, …

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