Video Games: Finding a Balance

“You’re about to lose your video games for a week, young lady.” More often than not, a warning like this is all it takes. The prospect of a week without gaming will catch the attention of most children who love to play video games. Meanwhile, the parents may appreciate the chance to withhold something they’re […]

Rising Suicide Rates Tarnish the Golden Years

Imagine your kids are grown and living elsewhere. You recently had surgery to repair a heart valve and you fear you may end up in a wheelchair. You’ve developed cataracts and had to give up driving. Your lack of mobility makes you feel angry, isolated, and frustrated. You used to love going to church, playing […]

What’s Your Halloween Style?

It’s time to pick out some pumpkins and brush up on your apple-bobbing skills! There are plenty of exciting ways to enjoy Halloween with your family. Do you love starting new seasonal traditions or prefer celebrating the old-fashioned way? Take the quiz below to find out your Halloween style. 1. Your spouse comes home from […]

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  • Video Games: Finding a Balance

    Video Games: Finding a Balance

    “You’re about to lose your video games for a week, young lady.” More often than not, a warning like this is all it takes. The prospect of a week without gaming will catch the attention of most children who love to play video games. Meanwhile, the parents may appreciate the chance to withhold something they’re […]

  • Rising Suicide Rates Tarnish the Golden Years

    Rising Suicide Rates Tarnish the Golden Years

    Imagine your kids are grown and living elsewhere. You recently had surgery to repair a heart valve and you fear you may end up in a wheelchair. You’ve developed cataracts and had to give up driving. Your lack of mobility makes you feel angry, isolated, and frustrated. You used to love going to church, playing […]

  • Fostering an Attitude of Gratitude

    We’ve all been there, right? Those moments of frustration and embarrassment when our seemingly ungrateful children frown at a birthday present or complain of boredom on an extravagant family vacation. You wonder if anyone is listening to all of the thank-you reminders and discussions of family blessings. Don’t fear. You’re not alone. Gratitude is a […]

  • Networking 101 for Moms

    Whether you are a newly minted mom, new to your community, or feeling isolated for another reason, you may wonder how to connect with other moms. Parenting in isolation without moral support is lonely and emotionally debilitating. One of the most important ways to take care of yourself (and by extension, your family) is to […]

  • What's Your Halloween Style?

    What’s Your Halloween Style?

    It’s time to pick out some pumpkins and brush up on your apple-bobbing skills! There are plenty of exciting ways to enjoy Halloween with your family. Do you love starting new seasonal traditions or prefer celebrating the old-fashioned way? Take the quiz below to find out your Halloween style. 1. Your spouse comes home from […]

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    Kiddie Comments Make Me Laugh

    By J. Shane Mercer Watching your children grow up is a wonderful thing. And not in that syrupy sweet, slow-motion, fuzz filter way that they show you on commercials where they’re trying to tug at your heart strings to sell you really expensive kids clothes because childhood is a magical time, and one day they’ll […]

  • Take Your Mark

    Take Your Mark

    By Gwen Rockwood I crawled into bed last night earlier than usual feeling completely exhausted. That swim meet really wore me out. But I didn’t swim a single stroke. The kids did, though. They swam freestyle races, backstroke races, breaststroke races, and a couple of relay races, too. And even though my husband and I […]

  • Let’s Keep It Real

    By Gary Wolsky, President/CEO The Village Family Service Center Steelers linebacker James Harrison wrote on his Instagram account he is taking away the participation trophies awarded to his two sons—ages 8 and 6—until they “EARN a real trophy.” Finally someone with some common sense speaks about the political correctness that’s infecting our culture. He may […]

  • The Bad of Being Dad

    The Bad of Being Dad

    Being a dad is awesome except for the parts that aren’t. What are those parts that stink? Here’s a list: 1. The mountains of plastic crud – After a few Christmases, birthdays, and trips to Chuck E. Cheese’s, you realize that basically your kid is getting the same thing over and over. It’s all just […]

  • The Eye Roll Gold Medalist

    The Eye Roll Gold Medalist

    Moms like to brag about their kids. It’s a given. It starts with how long the mother labored and how much her baby weighed. It moves on to the first tooth, earliest walker, and those who potty trained before anyone else. And, while many of those early stories are amazing, those are things we all […]

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