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8 Life Skills Kids Need Before College

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Countdown to High School Graduation: Preparing High School Seniors for Young Adulthood By Dr. James G. Wellborn Senior year.  EVERYONE is counting down the days to graduation; teenagers, parents, teachers, school administrators, the local police.  Finally, your kid can enter the phase psychologist Jeffrey Arnett calls emerging adulthood; a time of life marked by career training, partial independence, and lack …

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One is Not Enough: 9 Skills We Learn From Having Siblings

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Adults have to share their lives and living space with other people; family, friends, spouses or spouse equivalents, children, roommates.  Unfortunately, even people you love can be a pain, (especially when you share a bathroom).  So where do kids learn to deal with people they love but who drive them crazy?  You need look no further than their annoying, beloved …

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Fall Creek Falls

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You know how I am about suggesting families get out of the house and do something together that has the lowest probability of conflict and the highest probability of something memorable (meaning enjoyable) happening. Nature is perfect for this kind of thing. Day trips to public areas are affordable on even the most limited budgets. Just got back from spending …

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Winter Solstice

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  The darkest day of the year marks the point at which light gradually but inexorably begins to fill more and more of the days that follow.  Don’t forget to fill your days (and nights) with peace, love, and joy. Peace [list style=”circle”] Calm Quiet Harmony Contentment Serenity Tranquility Rest [/list] Love [list style=”circle”] Affection Concern Devotion Compassion Care [/list] …

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New Year’s Eve

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It’s the biggest party night of the year when everyone is encouraged to throw out the past and celebrate the wondrous possibilities inherent in a new beginning.  Out with the old, in with the new!  Put the past behind you.  Look to the dawn of the very first day of a new year!  Start the New Year with a bang!  …

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Encouraging Adolescent Career Interests

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I spent some time with parents from Harvest Hands during our monthly parent discussion group talking about things parents can do to encourage their kid to be aware of and examine a wide range of possible career options. In between making kids pick up after themselves and breaking up sibling arguments, parents also need to help kids develop into happy, …

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Helping Your Middle School Kid Grieve When A Teacher Dies

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Jim Benton, a teacher at Grassland Middle School in Franklin, Tennessee, died unexpectedly of an undiagnosed medical condition while on a field trip with some of his students.  Here are a couple of things to consider in helping your kid understand and deal with death when it comes to a teacher they and their friends knew in a setting like …

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Family Day Trips and Tennessee’s Fiery Gizzard

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I just got back from a weekend spent in Monteagle, Tennessee.  Monteagle is a town located on the top (elev. 1923 ft) of the Cumberland plateau in middle Tennessee.  It is a great little college town (home to Sewannee, The University of the South, an excellent small, private, Episcopal university).  Right outside of town is one of the trail heads …

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Presentation to Spring Station Middle School PTO

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Just got back from a really enjoyable visit with the folks at Spring Station Middle School (http://www.wcs.edu/sstms/).  If you haven’t seen the Summit High School/Spring Station Middle School campus, it is this new, beautiful, modern school complex out in the rolling pastures of central Tennessee!  Unfortunately for me, it is WAY down south in the county while my office is …