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Creative Families: Ways to Encourage Expressive Kids

Sometimes a parent’s ‘the-arts-just-aren’t-necessary’ attitude can tragically squelch a young person’s creative aspirations, and a parent who is too gung-ho about a child’s talents may not realize that hijacking dreams robs a child of healthy feelings of ownership and independence. Fortunately, many parents find the balanced middle. They figure out how to quietly stand behind a young person’s aspirations without taking over, and they find ways to supportively usher their child toward creating a colorful future for themselves. 

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Unplug: How Device-Free Time Fosters Better Connection

Free time spent unplugged can make a big difference in how our families feel emotionally and physically, and when it comes to nurturing our most important relationships. Here’s why.

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Talking to Our Kids About Suicide

How we talk about suicide with our kids is fraught with misconceptions. But as difficult as these conversations might be, our willingness to listen and be direct with our children can mean the difference between life and death. 

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To the Moon and Back - 10 Love Lessons for the Whole Family

If love is a language, then teach your family members to become conversant. According to Gary D. Chapman in his book, The Five Love Languages, people experience love in five ways. We experience love through words of affirmation, by spending quality time together, by receiving gifts, by performing acts of service, or through physical touch. According to Chapman, every person on earth has a primary “language of love.” 

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