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Family & Relationships

5 simple yet powerful habits for a healthy family

How do you manage school, work, kids and maintain healthy habits? The best way to do this is as a family. Remaining consistent in your habits—together—can be difficult, but it’s the best way to set your family up for success with a solid, healthy foundation. Here, I’ll give you a few tips on how you …

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How to build your child’s self-esteem at every age

The best part of my job is when I get to help families support and nurture kids’ mental health. One of the primary ways we do that is by building young peoples’ self-esteem. Positive self-esteem in kids is characterized by a feeling of positive self-worth, general optimism, a willingness to try new things, and a …

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12 tips to spark more meaningful, authentic conversations

We’ve all experienced conversations that didn’t quite go according to plan. You probably thought things through, approached the conversation with good intentions and phrased things in a way you thought would make sense, so what went wrong? Here’s the thing. Communication is deeper than words. Many things can impact our ability to effectively communicate, such …

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Parent and teacher: How to seamlessly play both roles

As Barbara Bush once said, “The home is the child’s first school, the parent is the child’s first teacher and reading is the child’s first subject.”  Nine years. This June was the start of our ninth year homeschooling. and while we have had successes throughout the years, we have also had challenges. This year has …

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Elizabeth Smart puts spotlight on child abuse, survival

Elizabeth Smart was the keynote speaker at this year’s Texans Fostering Community Enrichment Conference, a collaboration between Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Medical Center and several community organizations. At the conference, Elizabeth spoke to foster parents, social workers, case managers, healthcare providers, child protective services and law enforcement. During her speech, she shared her …

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Why your child should start swimming lessons early

Summer is fast approaching and pools, lakes, ponds and beaches are a fun way to beat the heat. However, water also can be dangerous and can increase the risk of drowning for children if parents don’t take the proper precautions. One way to help prevent your child from drowning is swim lessons. Here are some …

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Preparing for medical emergencies when you travel

With summer on its way, many families are busy planning exciting trips and vacations, both domestic and overseas. With the hustle and bustle of planning, packing and actually getting to your destination, it’s easy to overlook some important health and emergency preparation. Let’s talk about a few ways you can keep your family safe during …

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