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Teenagers: 3 Ways to Help Kids Improve Communication Skills

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Teenagers—How does a mother explain how her tween daughter remembers every detail of an episode of iCarly, but can’t for the life of her recall where the hamper is? What’s really going on with an adolescent who quotes verbatim the whispered conversations of faraway classmates, but insists that she…

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Marriage and Money: How to Avoid Fighting About Finances

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I’m fairly certain that marital strife entered the picture right around the time the practice of bartering was replaced with the use of paper money. When we bartered, we all had the same power. As long as you had a skill or could make something, you could trade your skill…

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Three Blessings of Parenting With an Age Gap

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When I was dreaming of my future family, I had a picture much like the family I grew up in. My brother and I are twenty months apart. We grew up playing together. We were very close and shared neighborhood friends. I pictured the same exact scenario for me. Fast…

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Life Lessons From Mother/Daughter Relationships

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Who are people closest to you who have made all the difference in your life? It's mid morning. I'm studying in the university library in a special area—you know, where you had to have a code to get into the room. A woman slowly rounds the corner of the book…

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Strengthening Parent/Child Bonds: 6 Tips for Dating Your Children

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In working with clients over the years, I've witnessed so many missed opportunities for parents and kids to connect that I've begun pointing out simple ways you can "date your kids."
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In addition to regularly planned and scheduled dates with your children, what if I were to propose the

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Valentine’s Day: 5 Inexpensive Date Night Ideas

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Whether you have kids or not, adding creativity and spontaneity to your love life on a budget can be difficult...but there's hope! With five children, my husband and I often did nothing more than run out for a quick meal and then return home. We found ourselves running out of…

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