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alaska

Don’t Wait Until Retirement to Go to Alaska (and Yes, You CAN Take the...

Most people don’t consider Alaska as a vacation destination until they are well into their retirement years. After all, they do call it the "Last Frontier." But what if the mountains were calling and...
video games

Don’t Hate the Player OR the Game: The Hidden Benefits of Video Games for...

I'm a '90s kid. My munchkins already think that makes me super old, but one day I'll tell them that I'm actually older than all of the Playstations, Xboxes, and almost all of the...
rich in love

Rich in Love

As far back in my childhood as I can remember, my mother used to tell me, "We may not be rich with money, but we are rich in love." Growing up in an affluent community...
postpartum depression

Finding Victory After Postpartum Depression

My life changed forever on June 5, 2020, when we welcomed our first baby during the height of COVID-19. This pregnancy was nothing like what I thought it would be. It started with solo...
healing

A Light in the Darkness: Finding Healing After Loss

Ten years ago, in November 2013, my world flipped upside down. It was Black Friday, and I was trying to get into the "Christmas Spirit." Late that afternoon, I got a call from my...
college

How to Navigate Questions About College During the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us! With family and friends gathering to celebrate, it’s a time of merriment and cheer. However, for many high school students, this season can also be uncomfortable or even...
boundaries

Helping Our Kids Set Boundaries During Holiday Events

"You should really be an engineer... that's where the money is." Okay, here we go again. We're approaching the holiday season, which means more time with friends and family. The unsolicited advice from those close...
self-esteem

What I Wish My Parents Knew When It Came to Building Self-Esteem

Being the youngest of six, there was always someone around to keep me entertained. I can remember family trips to the beach, Sunday dinners at home, and playing outside for hours with friends. All...
flu symptoms

Cold vs. Flu: Symptoms and Guide for Mothers and Their Children

When winter comes knocking, cold and flu viruses are not far behind. The colder season is stressful for mothers trying to protect their children from these viruses. If you have small children, you need...
porchfest

PorchFest 2023: Experience This Family-Friendly Event in Historic Springfield

On the first Saturday of November, the tree-lined streets of Historic Springfield are filled with music as artists from all over the city and beyond perform on beautiful front porches throughout the neighborhood. In...
pace center

Pace Center for Girls: Transforming Lives, Empowering Futures

Pace Center for Girls, Jacksonville is uniquely positioned to transform lives and communities through our personalized and holistic approach. We believe in the power and potential of every girl, and we envision a...
cell phones

Dear Parent, From a Teacher: Cell Phones Are a Huge Problem in Schools

"Hey," I say as I lean toward a student in the front row, "Phones are not allowed in class, remember? Please put yours away." "Hold on a sec," the student replies energetically, "I’m about to...