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One Mom’s Approach to Panhandling

“What does that sign say?” A question I often hear from the backseat as we’re stopped at an intersection. I’m aware of the person standing on the corner asking for money, and I know my passengers’ questions are inevitable. read more

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Summer Sun Care

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The Things No One Tells You

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How Do I Help my Child Fight Fear and Anxiety?

Fear and anxiety can be a normal part of taking the next step for kids, as well as adults, in whatever the next step means for their own comfort zone. Fear means that our brains are registering something as danger, and a physical response such as anxiety or fear are all normal reactions. read more