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Happy Hanukkah

Happy Hannukkah! Happy Channukkah! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Chanukka! Sameach Hanukkah! Whichever one you prefer, Happy Hanukkah to you and yours! The story of Hanukkah is that the Greeks were trying to desecrate the Temple to push out the Jews in Second Century BC. The Maccabees revolted and defended the region against the Greeks. When they […]

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Blended Families: Live and Learn

“Some families are created in different ways but are still, in every way, a family.” – Nia Vardalos “The Peterson Bunch” is how I refer to our family.  Like “The Brady Bunch,” which aired back in 1969, except we are much more real and none of our problems are solved in thirty minutes.  Our bunch consists […]

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Neighbors = Life Preservers

Growing up, my neighborhood was full of children. We would ride our bikes to and from each other’s houses, have sleepovers, eat meals together, and play from sun up to sun down. I remember running across the street to borrow an egg or a cup of milk from my neighbors for my mom numerous times. […]

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The Big Santa Reveal

I am ambivalent about Santa Claus. You see, where I grew up – Manila, the Philippines, in the late 70’s and early 80’s – Christmas was very much a religious holiday.  The Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country that wears its fervor proudly, is not a place where kids grow up believing in Santa. I think […]

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Tooth Fairy: Worldwide Tradition?

My seven-year-old boy just lost a tooth this weekend, the top one. What a smile he has now! He makes the entire family laugh with his “old man” smile. He is so proud of showing off his new gap. Losing a tooth is a universal rite of passage that every kid on the planet goes […]

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My Almost Empty Nest

When our children are born we mark all the milestones. The first words, first steps, potty training, and first day of school. I was so happy when my oldest entered high school, because in 4 short years I would begin the process of  “emptying my nest.”  I spent 18 years loving and protecting him. I […]

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World Prematurity Day

  On this day, where we bring awareness to premature births, I find myself full of differing emotions. Over five years ago, after a very tumultuous  pregnancy, the doctors decided to do an emergency C-section. It was a very scary time for me. I knew that delivering the baby at 29 weeks gestation brought a lot […]

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Ten Kid-Friendly Dog Breeds

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France There is plenty of compelling evidence in favor of kids growing up with dogs. Helping to care for a pet can teach children responsibility, patience and compassion. If you’ve been thinking of adding a dog to your family there is a […]

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