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healing a mother-daughter relationship
"I realized that something was still missing in my adult relationship with my mother."
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How I Let Go Of My Resentment Toward My Mom

My mother was one of the sweetest, most supportive people I know, but she was uncomfortable with physical touch. Since I didn't get that love from my mom, I grew up always wanting 'more' in my relationships with men. That was when I realized that I had to openly express my feelings if I ever wanted to fix my relationships ... including the one I shared with my mom.

what not to do if you're caught cheating
One deadly mistake: denying that it happened.
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What You Shouldn't Do If You're Caught Cheating

When my husband caught me having an affair, I only made matters worse by not taking responsibility for my own actions. So if you've been caught having an affair by your partner or you're even considering it, avoid making any of these five mistakes.

Autism:  A Family Affair
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Autism: A Family Affair

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day.  Despite such emphasis on early identification, a lot of parents and pediatricians remain ill--informed about the early signs as well as treatment options.  Treatment for Autism should include the entire family, as the family requires thorough understanding of the disorder and must be actively engaged in the administration of social and behavioral treatment interventions. Interventions focused only on the Autistic child are a disservice to the family and will not yield optimal results.   

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 …  

The Surprising Reason Why Your Front Door is Key to a Happy Home
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The Surprising Reason Why Your Front Door is Key to a Happy Home

The Surprising Reason Why Your Front Door is The Most Important Part of Your Home Want to know why the front door is the most important part of your home? It’s because the front door is the ‘mouth’ of your home. Did I really say that? Yup, I did! And, funnily enough, in my head I can just hear my 4 your old boy, Judah laughing and saying to me "The house doesn’t have a mouth, silly".

History Lesson: The Germani vs Britons
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History Lesson: The Germani vs Britons

I usually catch up on my leisure reading when I travel. Lately I’ve indulged in books about the history of sex, but it’s even more rewarding to find sexy history in non-sexy books.   The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter is fascinating. Not that I’m a history buff At. All., but it would appear that she’s a super thorough researcher. For example, this tidbit struck me….

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.

Do You Love Me Enough To Wipe My Ass?
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Do You Love Me Enough To Wipe My Ass?

I DARE YOU. Look at who you think loves you the deepest, hold their hands, look at them straight in the eye, and ask them, “Do you love me enough to wipe my ass?” I could guarantee you that this is one moment in your life you will never forget. First of all, it is a freaking mortifying, if not hilariously awkward question to ask someone special in your life. I bet most people, If not all, have not asked this question to anyone. You are chuckling right now as your mind races with thoughts on this, right? The very idea of it is gross, probably repulsive to some.

How To Reduce Conflict With Your Kids (EXPERT)
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How To Reduce Conflict With Your Kids (EXPERT)

“You’ve got to accentuate the positive.”  (Song by Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer, 1944)   A positive attitude (or even a less negative attitude) has the potential to change lives.  This old song lyric came to mind while reading The Roller-Coaster Years – Raising Your Child Through the Maddening Yet Magical Middle School Years (Gianetti & Sagarese).  This is a fascinating book for parents of 10-15-year-olds, and for parents who want a gl

10 Agendas Of Divorcing Couples [EXPERTS]
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10 Agendas Of Divorcing Couples [EXPERTS]

When a couple goes through a divorce process, many times there is the assumption by various divorce professionals involved with them that they are seeking a divorce. While on some level that may be true, it is frequently far from being their main goal. Quite often the true agenda is hidden, disguised, or not clearly stated. In my experience these agendas represent 80% of the divorce process, while the actual tasks are no more than 20% of work.

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

Martyr Mamas and the Concrete Coat of Shoulds
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Martyr Mamas and the Concrete Coat of Shoulds

I’m sure it started earlier than this but I began to notice it when I was pregnant with my first child. “You shouldn’t drink wine, or eat peanut butter or shell fish.  Don’t gain more than 30 pounds (which I misunderstood to mean per month vs. the whole pregnancy).”  “You should read aloud to your baby in vitro so that they will be able to read earlier.” “You shouldn’t be stressed out when you are pregnant, it’s bad for the baby.”

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.