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Will this ever go away?

Desperation and tears filled her eyes. She started to speak, shook her head almost imperceptibly, and paused for moment to collect her thoughts. Then she looked up and me and asked, “Will this ever go away? Will there ever come a day when I stop waking up in the...

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“Go to hell,” I said

That’s right. “Go to hell,” I said. Maybe you’ve had an argument that ends with similar words. It’s the kind of argument that happens daily, but is typically only discussed with a very best friend or maybe a therapist. But it happened to me on Christmas Eve. Let me...

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Teaching kids to be grateful

While the holiday season is a wonderful time for families, we often hear parents express concern that their kids are too focused on the presents they’re receiving, instead of on the meaning of and spirit behind the season. Christmas provides an ideal time to teach...

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Celebrating the holidays with adopted children

It took years to go through the adoption process, but last February, your family added a six-year-old daughter. Getting to know each other has been enjoyable, and from the day you brought her home, you dreamed about how magical the first holiday season together would...

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Give your employees a more meaningful holiday gift this year

Many employers like to thank their employees during the holidays with some sort of gift. It may be a nice shirt with the company logo, a basket of fruit, a box full of tasty indulgences, or a knickknack of some sort. It can be hard to find something everyone likes,...

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What if your not grateful for your family?

“They tell us we’re supposed to be grateful for what we have all year, and especially at Thanksgiving. We get together with our families and we’re supposed to demonstrate our appreciation for having them in our lives. But I’m not grateful for my family. In fact, I...

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Welcome, Brittany Gipson!

Welcome to Brittany Gipson! For more than a decade, Brittany has helped individuals cope with and overcome mental health and addiction-related illnesses. She sees her calling as helping people overcome barriers to achieve goals and become their best selves. Brittany...

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When adopted children lash out and pull away

Megan is one of those parents so many of us admire. After she and Brent birthed two children, they decided their family had more love to share and began the process of adopting a young girl from overseas. It took nearly three years, and the day they carried their new...

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Dear Moms who try to do it all for the holidays

There just aren’t enough weeks before Christmas, are there? Of course, you’ve been thinking about it since late in the summer. You’ve walked through the house considering how you’ll decorate differently this year, been to several craft fairs to pick up unique...

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What spouses of veterans need to understand about PTSD

On Veterans Day, vets get a little more attention than normal. People who know we’ve served will walk up and thank us for what we did. Older gentlemen wearing ball caps commemorating their Vietnam-era units or ships won’t have to buy their own restaurant meals that...

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