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15 Books to Teach Kids About Gratitude

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I can really get behind a day of feasting, relaxing and visiting with family and friends, and remembering all the things we have to be thankful for.  Gratitude is such an important factor in our lives.  Practicing gratitude can relieve stress, lower blood pressure, create contentment, improve our relationships, and even further our career. And here we are, right in the middle of National Gratitude Month. Could there be a more appropriate time to teach our children about gratitude? Unfortunately, it often seems that Thanksgiving is overshadowed by the big commercial push of Read More

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Seeing the World as Family

  Do you see the world as family? Last week, a Facebook memory popped up on my feed. It was something I posted 7 years ago, something my then 5 year-old-son said to me as I drove him home from kindergarten one day. He was talking to me about a family that we often carpooled with and had been friends with for some time. He told me that they were part of our family. I responded “Oh really?” To which he replied, “Yes, because the whole world is our family.”  And he was right, the whole world is family, and Read More

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How Can You Make a Difference?

The fourth Saturday of October is Make a Difference Day. It has been celebrated since 1992. That year, it was started to mark the Leap Year in a positive way. It was such a success that the organizers decided not to wait until the next Leap Year. Instead, Make a Difference Day as moved to the fourth Saturday in October. This year it is on October 28. Check out the official website at Makeadifferenceday.com. The website describes the purpose of Make a Difference day as follows: Make A Difference Day shows that anyone, no matter of age or background, can Read More

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11 Books I Keep Recommending

Reading is something I do almost compulsively. There is always a stack of books next to my bed and another on a shelf nearby. I visit my local library biweekly and love the free books I get monthly thanks to Amazon Prime. I’m always on the lookout for a good read. I follow book people of Instagram and Facebook . Check out A Book Lover’s Adventures for a fun blog on books and travel. Books to… is also a fun blog to check out for recommendations. I also find book recommendations on Goodreads and on my local library website. I use Read More