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How to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

As soon as my son turned five, our family and friends started asking him questions about kindergarten. Where was he going? Was he excited? Each time the “K” word was mentioned, my normally chatty son would visibly tense up and fall silent. read more

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Why Others Need You to Embrace Authenticity

It’s often easier to paint on a smile and feign perfect contentment, but perfection doesn’t foster intimacy; instead it builds walls. I’m more interested in tearing down walls. read more

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Courage to Have Another Baby

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Courage to Give Annie a Home

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Asher Needs a Pacemaker

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