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The Five Layer Cake of Gratitude

Researchers agree that there are multiple layers to gratitude, components of it, though how many, and what they are, vary. Dr. Robert Emmons, a leader in gratitude research, defines gratitude as having just two parts:…

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Use the Secret of Improv Comedy in Everyday Parenting

If you have ever seen an improv comedy show, you will notice one thing—improvisational actors rarely use the word “No” on stage. This is because “No” will stop the scene dead in its tracks, every single…

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Life With Your Strong-willed Child: From Combat to Co-operation

Ahhh. Winter is here. Don’t you just love this time of year? Excitement about the holiday is growing; stores transform into glittering grottoes of promise; there’s a freshness in the air… wait a minute… a…

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Perfectionism: 8 Tools for Parents with Kids Afraid to Fail

You know the pain. You, whose daughter is nauseated, hunched over the toilet. She’s worried sick that she won’t recall each of the facts she memorized for her history test today, a subject in which…

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Help Kids Fail Better

I grew up in Chicago, and in my household (like in many at the time) we watched every single Chicago Bulls basketball game. I have a vivid memory of my parents hosting a party for…

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10 Reasons We Worry About Teens on Social Media (And Some Reasons We Shouldn’t)

Parents, in increasing numbers, are concerned about their teens’ use of social media. With countless news stories, books, and articles detailing its hazards, noise on the topic can make it hard for anyone to understand…

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13 Reasons Why Not (Original Song)

[twocol_one]A smile… The sand on your feet… The sun on your face… A song… The taste of chocolate… That friend who was there…[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last][/twocol_one_last] [divider] These “small” things are the stuff of life. They are…

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Meditation Stories: All Emotions Have Purpose

In this story, Mr. Diddlydoo is upset with his cousin, Mr. Muddlebug. Feeling bad feels bad to Mr. Diddlydoo. In comes Spiritus to help Mr. Diddlydoo process his feelings by traveling back to the 13th…

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