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 I was in my kitchen following directions for a new muffin recipe when the immersion blender got stuffed with the dried ingredients, clogging the sharp blades. For a second I thought to myself, let me unplug the machine, but somehow I didn’t.I know. Big mistake.I put my finger in to scoop out the... read more
S: SmileGreeting your spouse with a smile means that no matter how difficult my day, I am happy to see you. It’s a small act that yields a powerful impact. You may have had a huge disappointment at work, a child is wearing you down, and you are feeling overwhelmed, but if you communicate love the... read more
Feeling isolated can make you sick.Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a psychologist at Brigham Young University who consolidated data from over 140 investigations published over 28 years, reveals that feeling unpopular, disconnected or lonely predicts our life span. Those with a larger network of friends had... read more
The newest parenting handbook is a guide for those who are determined not to raise weak, entitled kids, ill-prepared to inherit the earth. Author Senator Ben Sasse sees a coming of age crisis and wants to remedy the way our children spend their childhood.The Vanishing American Adult beckons us to... read more
Nine months ago I lost my beloved mother.But as I write these words, I wonder: Can one ever really lose a mother?Of course not. But I lost the sound of my mother’s voice when I’d walk into the room and hear her joy as she cried out my name. I lost the touch of her hands as she would hold onto mine... read more
Bond in unity and stand up as proud Jews.As anti-Semitic incidents rise at an alarming rate, I am listening carefully to the message of Purim.The Jewish people were frightened, faced with threat of annihilation. Haman’s hatred hung over the nation like a dark cloud. King Achashverosh told Haman “to... read more
Teaching our children to bring the light of goodness to a dark world.Melissa Work told her six-year-old son Blake to clean up his room. Blake wasn’t happy and told his mother that there were way too many toys to pick up.“Toys are your blessings,” his mother said, explaining that that there are many... read more
New studies show that you can increase your love by using your mind.A young woman told me that she had fallen out of love with her husband. She explained that while there was nothing negative in her marriage, there was nothing positive either. They were co-parenting but not feeling the romance that... read more
And how to stop making them.Here are the three common parenting mistakes many of us make that produce over-indulged, ungrateful children.1. The ‘As Long as they’re Happy’ AttitudeWhen I pose the question, “What would you like for your kids?”, the most common reply I receive is: We just want them to... read more
This year, give the greatest gifts money can’t buy.This is the time of year that we shower children with gifts. This year, let’s take a few moments to focus on the greatest gifts money cannot buy.1. TimeChildren crave time together with loved ones. They’re hungry for positive attention. Kids seek... read more


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