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If I had it to do over again – Reflections of a Grandma - By Merrilee Boyack

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It’s natural to look back.  It’s natural to have those feelings of “Woulda” “Shoulda” “Coulda”.  But the past is the past.  I cannot change it.

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Stepping Up to Step-Parenting, By Melanie M. Stoker

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At 30 years old I began a new life as I blended my family of two boys with the family of a widower and his six children.  All of the children were 12 down to 2 years old.  My husband, Ron, and I were sure our life together would be a page right out of the Von Trapp Family book!  Little did we know that there would be missing pieces like – none of us could carry a tune and I was not a “Maria”.

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DeStressing at the Holidays, By Merrilee Boyack

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I want you to think of distilled water.  It is water that has the impurities filtered out.  It is DISTILLED down to its most essential and purest form.

Six years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I had a large tumor that had spread to one lymph node.  It was very serious.

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How to raise happy children, by Nicholeen Peck

Parents have always wondered the best way to raise happy children while also teaching correct principles, giving moral boundaries, and correcting behavior problems.  Parenting is the hardest thing any of us do.  It is also the most rewarding.  But, the rewards are often over shadowed with worry, stress, anger, frustration, sorrow and disconnection for relationships that have gone off track at home.

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Parents are the #1 influence in their children's lives, by Abbie Vianes MPC

Parents are the #1 influence in their children’s lives. Parents don’t always believe this – in a Parents Empowered survey, parents placed themselves last in the line-up of influences on their children – after friends, teachers and media.  But when the youth answered the same question, they placed their parents first – before family, friends, teachers, and activities/clubs.

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