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The Me I Will Be

Adults often look back on youth as a glorious time of opportunity. In adolescence though, the lens is pointed forward, not backward and instead of opportunity, kids see uncertainty. One way to help your teenager visualize forward 5 years, is for them to illustrate in words what he or she expects to encounter and how they believe they can best overcome obstacles to build the future they want. The...

A Grandparent's Wish

Grandparents play many special and unique roles in the lives of their grandchildren. They are mentors, historians, babysitters, story tellers, and a never ending source of unconditional love, whether they live next door or halfway around the world. Their experience and resilience can provide trusted guidance and help their grandchildren to feel a broader sense of safety and stability in today’s families’...

The Letter That Can't Wait

We’re all familiar with the phrase, “Too many things are often left unsaid”. Like so many, we go about our days believing that our families and friends already know how we feel about them. After all, we’ve told them we love them and expressed our appreciation with hugs and kisses, cards and phone calls, but do they know the reasons behind your feelings for them? If you weren’t here tomorrow to tell...