Family Support for Starting a New School

Whether it’s the first day of preschool or the first day of a doctorate program, starting a new school year is never easy. Those years when the transitioning encompasses not only another grade but also a whole new school seem to be the most difficult. Fortunately, family members can play an important part in helping…

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Fifty Shades of deGREYding Women

Everyone can relate to receiving a facebook event invite for some random happening by a person you barely know, from those wrap-your-waist parties to a local fundraiser. Some are totally off the wall, and others may be worth considering. (Like that BBQ wings and ribs sale a friend recently invited me to, which I wished…

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Kill Them with Kindness

A common phrase in the South is “kill them with kindness.” Chances are a mom or teacher had told you this when faced with teasing or even bullies. The important thing to remember is that fake kindness (the “bless her heart” preceded by gossip kind) is not what they mean. Instead they are referring to…

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Advice to My Adolescent Self

It’s hard to imagine that half my live ago (literally) I was turning “Sweet 16.” I’m not sure anything was all that sweet about me, except for maybe my tooth. Just like most teenage girls, I listened to my parents but often let the advice run in one ear and out the other. Had I…

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Even Homecoming Queens Get Bullied

*Two things: 1) I realize this is an oooooold entry. (I barely had a gray hair when I first penned it.) 2) I know this is not anti-bullying month. Regardless, a kind woman working with a doctor who developed a guide on combatting both bullying and substance abuse contacted me about supporting their efforts. I…

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