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Creating Your Lifeline

You often hear the phrase, ‘Terrible Twos’ once your child enters toddlerhood. Friends joke about their kid’s latest tantrum, and family assures you it is ‘just a phase.’ But what do you do if your child’s ‘Terrible Twos’ never go away? Sure, kids like to test a parent’s boundaries, but it can be extremely frustrating for those families who have a child who is defiant most of the time and cannot seem to find a discipline method that really works.

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Five Sneaky Date Escapes

All parents need to get away for a little alone time once in awhile… but when it depends on babysitters and busy schedules, it’s not always possible. Here are a few ways to rekindle your relationship over dinner - whether the kids are around or not.

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Desperately Seeking Date Night

Like a lot of married couples, my husband and I rarely get to enjoy a date night. Busy work schedules, family obligations, and - let’s face it - sometimes sheer exhaustion prevent us from making quality couple time a priority. But according to a recent study conducted by The National Marriage Project, today’s parents are foregoing date night at our own peril. Researchers at The University of Virginia determined that couples who go out together at least once a week are three times more likely to report being ‘very happy’ in their relationships, they are less likely to get divorced, and they make better parents, too.

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Difficult Medical Diagnosis

Learning that you, your spouse, or another family member suffers from an incurable illness or a serious, possibly fatal injury is devastating. After the initial shock, you may wonder how to break the news to your children. “What we try and tell parents is that we can’t fix things that are heartbreaking, but we can make them easier to understand,” says Heather Kinney, CCLS, CPST, a senior child life specialist at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCU). 

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