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For A Blended and Peaceful Family Holiday Season

We are in the season of beautiful holiday traditions. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve, and Day roll around about the same time of the year. Many families can feel overwhelmed by all the shopping, decorating, cooking, and celebrating, but it is an exciting, meaningful time for families to come together. Time is …

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Keys to Communicating with Our Children

Meaningful conversations are something every parent desires to have with their children. As a mom of three boys ranging in age from fourteen to twenty, I’ve learned that those heart-to-hearts don’t just happen. Foundational relationship building is a necessary first step, and it’s not always convenient. Show an Interest in Your Child’s Interests Many conversations …

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Why Girls’ Social Struggles Intensify During Adolescence

Friendships can be challenging, especially during adolescence. When you ask women to recall their preteen and teen social lives, a consistent pattern emerges. There are stories of enduring friendships but also uncomfortable social memories. Women share stories of exclusion, drama, loneliness, fitting in, and friendships lost. And this rings true for girls today. A UCLA …

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Back-to-School, Back-to-Friendship

Friendship Truths to Guide Kids as They Head Back to Classrooms Making and maintaining friendships can be challenging, especially during the preteen and teen years. Given the wide range of social-emotional skills in a single classroom, it’s no wonder that friendship struggles unfold. Throw in a pandemic, social distancing, and school closures and it’s no …

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How to Support Your Kids Through Friendship Struggles

Adolescence is a time of tremendous change and growth. Preteens and teens begin to rely more on their peers than their families for support and identity, hence the increased need to “fit in.” They begin to shape their own identity through what they wear, who they hang out with, and what they do. And all …

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