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Guiding our children to become the best versions of themselves and our future leaders is a big job. It is also one of the most joyful and rewarding experiences of my life.

Susan Arthur
President, The ABCs of Everything, LLC
MA, Counseling Psychology

Love Who You Are (And Who You Are Not)

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We are often told that self-love is the foundation for our ability to extend love to others but sometimes that can be a challenge. Instead of seeing the best of who we are, we tend to focus on what we are lacking or our imperfections. I am never going to be good at math or figuring out social media (still don't know how I share ...
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Happy Mother’s Day Worldwide

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​The celebration dates may not be the same in every country but Mothers everywhere are celebrated. We moms are truly unified in our devotion and love for our children and families no matter where we live or what we do. Worldwide Mothers are honored for how much they mean to us. Mothers Day in Mexico Dia de las Madres, is May 10 in Mexico. It's a hu...
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Really Going Green

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"Let's pause to fully grasp within, This sense of living green, We hear this word so often said, But what does this word mean?"   This is an excerpt from my latest book, "The ABCs of Living Green" and one that I'd like to elaborate on. We've all been talking about going green, which for most people means recycling, composting and reducing our ...
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Getting Kids To Go To Sleep

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As a parent, getting your kids to go sleep at night can be quite a challenge. Having a child that goes right to sleep at bedtime is like winning the lottery and probably about the same odds. As difficult as it can be it's still one of the most important things you can do for your child's well being and your own sanity. Every child is different in t...
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Prime Rib With Mushroom Gravy

Prime Rib With Mushroom Gravy
​A delicious and elegant dish for the holidays. Ingredients: 1 standing rib roast trimmed 1 Tbsp. minced fresh rosemary 1 Tbsp. salt ¼ cup of butter softened 1 medium onion chopped 1 ounce dried Shiitake mushrooms ¼ lb. fresh mushrooms sliced 2 1/2 cups of beef broth ½ cup sherry 4 Tsp. arrowroot dissolved in 2 Tbsp. cold water Directions: 1. Let r...
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Simple Holiday Crafts

Simple Holiday Crafts
​3 fun holiday craft ideas! 1.  Create a Centerpiece from your own yard This is the time of the year when holly, beautiful leaves and other fall foliage can be right outside your door. Cuttings from branches, pine cones, dried grasses and colorful leaves make great centerpieces for a holiday dinner. Combine with candles, baskets, gourds, or co...
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Why Are Costumes So Much Fun!?

Why Are Costumes So Much Fun!?
​ In our family, Halloween was our favorite holiday and a lot of time and thought went into planning our costumes. I'm not talking about the kids, I'm talking about us adults. Of course the kids were excited about what they would be for Halloween, but let's be honest, they can pretty much wear costumes whenever they want. Halloween is no longe...
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Eating Dinner Together Is More Than A Meal

Eating Dinner Together Is More Than A Meal
I've always believed that food is love and sharing a meal together is a wonderful bonding experience. In the less hectic past, family dinners were the norm. However, with the demands of current work schedules, commutes and outside activities, getting everyone together at one time for a family meal is more challenging. It's challenging but not impos...
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How About Some Good News

How About Some Good News
You don't have to look too far to find some disturbing news about some dreadful discovery or atrocious behavior going on somewhere in the world. Social media and 24-hour news networks keep you updated on the gloom and doom endlessly if you're willing to participate. That's not really the whole story. If you choose to look in another direction you'l...
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My Child Was So Disappointed - How Can I Help?

My Child Was So Disappointed - How Can I Help?
As parents, more than anything else, we want our kids to be happy. When something happens that causes them to be sad or disappointed, I think we suffer even more than they do. Our first impulse is to try to find a way to fix the situation and make them feel better. This is not always the best response. Disappointment is a part of life that we ...
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A Thoughtful Gift For Dad

A Thoughtful Gift For Dad
I want to share this simple, but very sweet Father's Day craft project I found on the Fun Handprint Art website. All you need is some finger paint, poster board, fun stickers and a black marker. You can add additional bling, photos, or anything else you think dad would like. For a more finished look, you can put this art in one of those inexpensive...
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The Endless Summer - Part 2 - Create Your Own Bird Santuary

The Endless Summer - Part 2 - Create Your Own Bird Santuary
Recently I was reminiscing with my son about the summer we put hummingbird feeders in our backyard and how much fun it was to watch the birds and their antics. We discovered they had different personalities and different roles. One bird was always keeping a look out while others were feeding. There was a hierarchy to who could feed first and as we ...
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