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‘Thigh Gap’: New Teen Body Obsession?

photo of 'thigh gap'I caught this segment on ABC’s Good Morning America this morning. Apparently a ‘thigh gap’ is the latest must have in order to have the “perfect” body. This obsession is rampant among teens and I’m sure tweens too. Unfortunately, these girls don’t realize that 99.9% of the photos they see in magazines have been retouched to death. OK, some women are born that way. I would venture to guess that the majority of us were not. If nothing else this article will give a parent a heads-up on a potential body image issue. 

‘Thigh Gap’: New Teen Body Obsession?

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The Stories That Bind Us

What is your family’s narrative? Are there stories passed down from generation to generation? The following article will make you realize the importance and impact of your stories about family struggles and success. You’ll come to realize it’s the glue that binds your family together and helps each member realize their place in a legacy that’s bigger than themselves.

The Stories That Bind Us

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Is Your Family Suffering From Over-Scheduling?

It’s so easy to get caught up in a glut of activities and scheduled appointments these days. Trying to make everyone in the family happy and engaged can lead to over-scheduling and the potential for burnout. This article puts it all into perspective.

Is Your Family Suffering From Over-Scheduling?
Know The Warning Signs!

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Are Parents Setting Kids Up For Failure By Pushing Too Hard For Success?

It’s only natural that we, as parents, try to give our children all the skills and opportunities to help them reach their goals in life. We all go about this task differently. As you will read in the article below, some of us go a little too far. The end result is the possibility that all we have indeed accomplished is to drive our kids to the point of burn-out and stress. This article is food for thought. If you recognize yourself in this article perhaps you will take the message to heart and redirect your attention.

Are Parents Setting Kids Up For Failure
By Pushing Too Hard for Success?

By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo Shine/Team Mom

Are parents harming kids by focusing on the wrong definition of success?

No matter your socioeconomic status, as parents you want your kids to have a better life than you do. But instead of launching a generation of happy young adults who feel driven to succeed, parents who are hyper-focused on doing everything “right” have created a country full of kids who are stressed-out, burned-out, and depressed. According to psychologist and author Madeline Levine, “Our current version of success is a failure.”

In her new book, “Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success,” Levine says that parents are preoccupied with “a narrow and shortsighted vision of success,” and that we rely on our kids to “provide status and meaning in our own lives.” It’s a harmful combination, weighing kids down with serious issues — “stress, exhaustion, depression, anxiety, poor coping skills, and unhealthy reliance on others for support and direction, and a weak sense of self,” Levine says — when we should be trying to teach them to be resilient and independent if we really want them to succeed in life. Read the rest of this entry »

8 Ways To Be A Happier Mom

Who doesn’t want to be happy? Certainly moms do! This article has some sound advice to help you keep your life as “mom” in balance. Nobody said it would be easy. Following some of these suggestions can only help. If you’ve got some tips of your own, share. What works for you might help someone else.

8 Ways To Be A Happier Mom

via Team Mom/Yahoo! Shine/by Woman’s Day
By Theo Pauline Nestor

While our greatest hope is for our children to turn into happy adults, most of us moms grit our teeth a fair amount on the road there. After we hustle our kids off to soccer practice, shop for dinner and hunt down the perfect kindergarten, we are left with little inspiration to model the one thing we most wish for our children: happiness. It’s not that we don’t want to be happy. It’s more a question of how to fit it into our schedule. Read on for some practical tips from parenting experts on how to move “be happy” to the top of your to-do list. Read the rest of this entry »

Parenting a Multiple Children Household

Recently I was reminiscing about my childhood, growing up as an only child until I was ten. I grew up convinced that if I ever had kids I would have at least two. And on top of that they would be closer in age than ten years. No surprise then that my family welcomed two boys – two and half years apart. Ah, but the plot thickens as one of my boys now has a family of four of his own. That’s what got me thinking about the family dynamics of one child, two kids, and then three, four or more children. The required love and attention are the same, but the process can be significantly different when you have one child versus four. So let’s take a look at some of the challenges of parenting a multiple children household. Read the rest of this entry »

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