A Thanksgiving Welcome Home

A Thanksgiving Welcome Home

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The days are starting to get shorter and colder and that means Thanksgiving — one of my favorite holidays — will be here in no time at all. I love everything about Thanksgiving: family togetherness, the food, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, and the fact that everyone in the U.S. celebrates

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The evolution of family life and love

The evolution of family life and love

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There is no love like the love between a parent and child. And though the depth of the love doesn’t change, the life stages of both parent and child do. Sometimes these changes are challenging and painful, leaving both parent and child to wonder if they will ever have a close relationship again. I am the

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A letter to my sons

A letter to my sons

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I was recently reflecting on my relationship with my sons and came to the realization that there are a few things I wish would change. For the most part, I have a pretty strong and close bond with my three boys. However, I admit that I am somewhat unsatisfied with the communication aspect of our

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Why I worry less

Why I worry less

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According to Malcolm Gladwell and the 10,000 rule, you need to do something for 10,000 hours before becoming world-class at it. Not just good, phenomenal. If that theory holds true, I am pretty much unparalleled at telling a child to go do his homework. In fact, I have stated that I want the phrase “Is

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College graduation takes a village

College graduation takes a village

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My oldest daughter is about to graduate from college. I’m excited, looking forward to the ceremony, the pomp and circumstance, the speakers who will tell her and her classmates how smart and accomplished they are, the impact their lives can have on the world, how much is still ahead for them. The rest of the

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Life lessons

Life lessons

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With commencement season upon us, it’s time to reflect on the growth our children have experienced during their college years. I am not referring to academic and interpersonal accomplishments, but rather the life lessons they learned along the way. These were the moments that caused us to smack our foreheads with the palms of our hands

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Chloe’s graduation balloons

Chloe’s graduation balloons

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Another last Monday morning. I head out to work for the almost-final day of the school year. Summer is looming in the northwest corner of Washington, but the skies are typical gray, swollen and threatening to burst. In three days I’ll be set free on summer break. In my mind, Alice Cooper belts out the

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  • Great article. It reminded me to ask my high school senior about which of her preferred colleges have reached out about a regional event. We attended an event like this with our older daughter who was attending school far from home and it was very valuable.