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Parenting & Love: 'Tis the TV Season: Holiday Specials For Kids
'Rudolph' airs December 19th, at 7/6 central, on ABC Family.
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'Tis The TV Season: Holiday Specials For Kids

Okay, so maybe Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first aired before you were born, let alone your kids, but that awkward claymation is still pretty charming. Or maybe you're a Dickens fan? The Muppets Christmas Carol is a retelling of the classic story about an old man re-evaluating his priorities in the holiday season.

Life Coach: Can Women Have It All? [VIDEO]
Just not feeling like Superwoman today? Stop trying to be her!
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Why Can't We Have It All (And Should We Just Stop Trying)?

With so much pressure to have a stellar career, be a perfect mother and cultivate a loving, romantic relationship, it's no wonder women feel they need to "have it all". But here's some personal development and life coach advice for you to consider: what does success really mean to YOU?

Benefits of Being a Working Mother
Have your kids and a fulfilling career, too.
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Benefits of Being a Working Mother

In case you were worried about how working will affect your kids, or how having kids will affect your career, don't worry! Having a separate life from your parenting is a beneficial thing, and here are 4 reasons why.

How to Get a Divorce From Your Parents
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How to Get a Divorce From Your Parents

Overbearing and unloving parents haunted you as a child, and their ghost still lingers with you as an adult. Breaking free from parents who cause frustration and turmoil in your adult life is key to being the independent person you are destined to be.

Is Your Psychotherapist The Right One For You?
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Is Your Psychotherapist The Right One For You?

Some people think that going to a therapist is like going to a car mechanic. They expect the therapist to diagnose a specific problem and fix it just as the mechanic puts in new brake pads or readjusts the carburetor. These clients expect something to happen to them. That is not the case. Don’t expect your therapist to have all the answers. Therapists don’t come with crystal balls.

Raising a Hero
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Raising a Hero

Most people may never meet their heroes.  I am bless to say that I have raised one of mine.  I am emotional and giddy that this weekend, I will get to see my hero cross a major milestone.  I will be able to hug him and maybe even get a picture of the two of us.  He has inspired me to be a better person.   His vision, strength and determination are my beacons for living my best life.  He is as big to me as any famous person.

One Small Story of a Mother's Unreasonable Love
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One Small Story of a Mother's Unreasonable Love

On the last night of our epic three week family vacation we all lay on our backs on a dock on Cascade Lake, Orcas Island to watch a rare meteor shower.  I wish I had a picture of us – side by side in the dark - gazing across an expanse of sky trying to capture every stray streak to launch itself in our direction.  Then a chorus of a gasps would ring out. OOOhhhh, aaawwweee …  

5 Ways To Nurture With Nature
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5 Ways To Nurture With Nature

Imagine your child running in the park.  Can you hear the laughter and joy from just being outside in nature? How about climbing a tree and pretending it is the masthead of a ship?  That is what our young grandson Ridge did last weekend. It was a complete joy to join in his fantasy. By standing on the ground and asking him to tell me what he could see through his imaginary telescope he brought me into his life. It is just one more suggestion to add to my collection of 77 Ways To Have FUN With Your Family For Free.

The Food-Fraud Writing On The Wall? Get Back To Basics.
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The Food-Fraud Writing On The Wall? Get Back To Basics.

Most of us just assume that we’re buying safe food when we go to the grocery store.  After all, the government protects us, right?  Well….some laws are in place, but whether they’re being enforced is another story.. This just became more evident when the scientific nonprofit, USP, United States Pharmacopeial Convention, announced that new reports of fake and contaminated food products submitted to its Food Fraud

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Love your kids? Love your body.
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Your Bad Body Image & Your Kids: A Dangerous Combination

In all my years as a parent educator, I have never met parents who earnestly wanted to hurt their children. Most parents sincerely want to encourage and empower their children to lead strong, successful lives. However, it is their lack of mindfulness that defaults into old patterns and belief systems that teach their children harmful messages rather accidently.

The Key To Making The Most Of Your Family Calendar
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The Key To Making The Most Of Your Family Calendar

Parents are expert Jugglers.  With all the balls to keep in the air - from academics to sports, social events to finding time to sit down together for a meal - its no wonder we get into playing the Blame Game with a spouse or co-parent when something from our schedule *Splats* on the ground.  There IS another way.  Effectively implementing one single tool is a sure-fire way to save you friction with your fellow co-parent (current or ex), and have you and your family accomplishing more with less stress.

Parent Advice: 5 Ways To End Teen's Behavior Problems
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Parent Advice: 5 Ways To End Teen's Behavior Problems

Imagine a scene where you ask your teen to pick up his clothes and he smiles and does it immediately.  Does that sound too far-fetched.  Maybe not, read on…. Every teen misbehaves at some point or another. From talking back and slamming doors to ditching class and using profanity. It’s normal for teens to want to feel independent, but it’s not acceptable for them to act out in a negative manner. Don’t go to the extreme, however — sending them off to boarding school isn’t the answer.

Why You Should Be Listening To Your Children…Now
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Why You Should Be Listening To Your Children…Now

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that ALL of their ideas are good ones. In fact, many are silly, impossible or end up setting a bad precedent. Donuts and chocolate cake for breakfast? Drawing with permanent markers while sitting on your new couch? Of course not. However, many of the things they complain about when it comes to their parents are right on the money.

5 Reasons Why Warnings Backfire
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5 Reasons Why Warnings Backfire

Adults love to give kids warnings when a rule is broken and would love to believe warnings are a highly compassionate method of parenting, a reflection of our loving and kind humanity. But guess what? Warnings may be the farthest thing from true compassion. Though almost always well-intentioned, warnings will routinely backfire. Here are the main reasons why: