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I would like to think that the ending of another year and the beginning of a new one fills me with hope, joy and anticipation but if I am being honest, instead, it fills me with anxiety envisioning many unaccomplished goals. The beginning of the year is an optimal time for reflection, as long as it doesn't include self-flagellation. Researchers assert that when trying to make any changes - major or minor - “It is the quality of the little things that makes all the difference.”



‘Tis the Season to Develop Volunteer Habits for Life

Dec 22, 2014

During the holidays, most families look for opportunities to be together. Children are out of school, vacation plans are in place and the road trips, football, food, music and traditions make it a perfect time to connect with others. But does it all need to be relaxing, kicking back, and endless conversation? There is another “tradition” that can add to the magic of the holidays: volunteering.



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In this episode of Parental Guidance TODAY's Willie Geist and best bud Megan Colarossi share tips for having the old birds and the bees chat with your kids.



Make College Costs Manageable for the Entire Family

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Applying to college can be as daunting for parents as it is for 12th graders–only for different reasons. While students focus on finding a place with the programs and activities they like, as parents we worry about whether we can afford college. We don’t want to let our children down, but we also must live within our family’s budget. Not to worry. There are things we can all do to make college costs manageable.



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Transitioning Back to School for Children with Special Needs

Transitioning from one grade to the next may cause anxiety, panic, and meltdowns, especially for students who have difficulty expressing their feelings and emotions. Parents can help prepare their children with these few simple steps to help ease some stress and ensure a positive experience for their child. Remember: each child is an individual and special in their own way.



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