IS MY TEEN AT RISK FOR VIOLENCE?

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In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School this week, many parents are asking not only how they can keep their children safe from violence, but how they can keep their children from turning violent. “I asked my 15 year-old son what he thought about the shooting,” a friend told me at […]

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Holiday Relationship Building Day 32

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Dec. 22: Share a favorite holiday memory: Call or Skype parents or grandparents and ask them what their favorite holiday memory is. Even better, have it written and give your children a copy to keep.

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Holiday Relationship Building Day 31

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Dec. 21: Read a children’s story as a family. Sharing favorite holiday stories with a loved one can be a great way to invite holiday spirit. If children are involved, consider letting the children read to the parents. Use voices and actions to bring the story to life!

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Holiday Relationship Building Day 30

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Dec. 20: Watch a favorite holiday movie together! Don’t forget popcorn, throw pillows, hot coco, cuddly blankets, and all the works!

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Holiday Relationship Building Day 29

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Dec. 19: Leave a message in the snow for your loved one to discover. This can often be done along your front walk, on a car window or, if you do not have snow, in the form of a card or banner. Nothing says, “I love you” like a cold greeting 🙂

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Holiday Relationship Building Day 28

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Dec. 18: Prepare gifts together. Shop together, create together, wrap together, and give together.

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Holiday Relationship Building Day 27

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Dec. 17: Go out caroling! If public caroling is not your thing, consider other traditional songs or music you can enjoy as a family. Music is a great way to celebrate good times as a family.

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Discussing Tragic Events With Your Children

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This week’s tragic elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, has most parents feeling a variety of difficult emotions—sorrow, anger, disbelief, fear.  For parents who have themselves witnessed or been victims of violence or other traumatizing events, news of the shooting may also trigger old wounds and deep anxieties. As we struggle ourselves to come to […]

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Holiday Relationship Building Day 26

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Dec. 16: Learn from a mentor. Make contact with someone you look up to and glean wisdom and advice. This could be someone you know or someone you have just met. Especially consider the wisdom of those who have forged life longer than you. Asking counsel from another is a powerful way to deepen a […]

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Holiday Relationship Building Day 25

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Dec. 15: Construct a ginger-bread house. Buy your favorite treats and use those to decorate. Consider using different “building materials” to represent different aspects of your relationship that are poignant or meaningful. Your talent won’t matter as the process is more meaningful than the product. Regardless of masterpiece or flop, you’ll enjoy good company and […]

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