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And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them and the glory of the Lord shone round about them (Luke 2:9)

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

The winter sky is a beautiful sight to behold. And one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year occurs in December. When the Earth passes through the debris trail from the Phaethon asteroid, as many as 120 meteors per hour can be observed streaking across the sky. This year, the peak time for observing this beautiful event will …

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Protective Factors for Teenage Alcohol and Drug Use

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

There are a range of factors that research on adolescent alcohol and drug use have shown are associated with lowering the risk of abuse or addiction.  The more of these you incorporate into your parenting, family and kid’s life, the less likely your kid will end up with alcohol or drug use problems. Alcohol and drug free household.  If you …

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Family Time Movie Theater: 13 Reasons Why

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

Drama: This video series, based on a best-selling teen novel, is the story of a 17 year old girl who commits suicide and leaves 13 tapes for each of the people who contributed to her decision to commit suicide.  There are 13 episodes, one for each tape.  Everyone is talking about this series; kids because they love it, adults because they …

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Wizard World Comic Con Nashville

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

Now that school has started and you have probably assumed your traditional parent role as homework witch or grade troll, why not take the family to the place where other witches and trolls (and super heros and TV characters) congregate.  Wizard World Comic Con Nashville will be here September 8-10.  It is a wild event where people of all ages …

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Family Time Movie Theater: Girls Who Are Tough, Boys Who Are Sensitive

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

Movies are notorious for promoting stereotypic views of masculinity and femininity. How about settling down with your kids to watch some movies that go against gender stereotypes (and encourage more well rounded expressions of maleness and femaleness). Spider Man 3 (PG-13) Feminine Masculine.  All of the spider man movies feature a hero that is moral, sensitive, gentle and a bit …

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Family Time Movie Theater: Resilience

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

Take a look at these movies to watch with your kid that show boys and girls who demonstrate tenacity and determination when life tries to keep them down. Rudy (PG)  A young man pursues his dream formed at the age of ten to play football for Notre Dame despite being small and having little real ability.  Never say quit!  Great …

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Family Time Movie Theater: Problem Solving, Adaptability & Initiative

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

Why not sit down with the kids and watch some movies that demonstrate 21st century work skills?  These movies provide some examples of problem solving, adaptability and initiative. Where the Red Fern Grows (PG)  It is a hard life growing up in the back woods.  Billy scrimps and saves to buy a pair of hunting dogs who brighten the lives …

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Family Time Movie Theater: Communication, Creativity and Work Ethic

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

Here are some movies that address communication, creativity and work ethic.  And one even includes kites! Mary Poppins (G)  You already know about this Queen of kid movies.  But you may not have paid attention to the lessons that are integrated throughout the movie. There is fun, frolicking, discipline, empathic parenting (or nannying as it were), dancing penguins, carousel horse …

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Family Time Movie Theater: The World Down Under

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

To prepare for your spelunking family adventure (or place of it), here are some movies for family movie night that will take you down into some amazing caves from around the world.  (Do NOT watch any of the horror movies that take place in caves unless you want to have claustrophobic nightmares for months!) Giant Crystal Cave (probably G) In …

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Caving

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

Do the dreary days of winter make you feel like crawling in a hole and hibernating?  Then spelunking may be the ideal family adventure to consider.  Tennessee is home to the largest number of caves in the United States (over 9500).  Caving can be extremely dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing.  Luckily, many caves open to the …