10 TIPS TO HELP CHILDREN IN BLENDED FAMILIES

10 Tips to Help Children in Blended Families

Families fracture and relationships end. That sounds harsh, but unfortunately, that reality is a very big part of our society. Often children are a part of the relationships that end and it takes incredible focus, patience, and understanding to ensure the kids don’t get caught in the crossfire. There is so much to consider from […]

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THE DESTRUCTIVE PATH OF ADDICTIONS

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Addiction comes in all forms: Tobacco, drugs, alcohol, food, gambling, sex and work to name a few. People can even become addicted to seeking approval and acceptance or to anything that will give them an adrenaline rush. And I am sure you know someone who is even addicted to drama and chaos in his or […]

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SILENT NIGHT

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Silent night, holy night All is calm, all is bright Round yon Virgin Mother and Child Holy Infant so tender and mild Sleep in heavenly peace Sleep in heavenly peace Silent night, holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight Glories stream from heaven afar Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia! Christ, the Saviour is born Christ, the […]

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BEREAVED CHILDREN & THE HOLIDAYS

Dec 17

December 17th was my youngest daughter’s birthday. It’s another birthday to celebrate her, the accomplishments she has made in her life, the love she has given to all of us, and the gifts she has shared freely with the world. It’s also another birthday celebrated without her dad. In fact, it’s the 25th birthday she has […]

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I WANTED TO CANCEL CHRISTMAS!

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Gerry died on October 24th and his funeral was October 30th. Then, just as it is today, within hours of the stores selling out of Hallowe’en costumes and candy, the shelves transformed overnight for the holidays. Tinsel, tree skirts, sparkly ornaments, candy canes, and anything else that was glittery and gold was now the prominent […]

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ELEPHANTS

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We can learn so much from children and animals. Their ability to understand (at whatever level they are at) does not impede their ability to feel love or loss. For example, let’s chat about elephants. There is a plethora of documentation on how these majestic animals show feelings. Elephants are expressive animals and they have […]

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NOVEMBER IS CHILDHOOD GRIEF AWARENESS MONTH

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No one wants to see a child hurt, especially me! But unfortunately, I have come to accept through personal experience that eliminating loss from life is not an option. And, that does mean children will be impacted. In 2009, the U.S. Census Bureau released Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2007, which estimated […]

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THE GIFT OF HOPE

Jan 1

I consider myself a “hope generator.” I believe that people need hope to do the things they need to do when recovering from loss and tragedy. Imparting hope to them isn’t as easy as it sounds. First of all, the person has to be ready to receive hope. If they can’t take it in, they won’t act […]

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