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Stop Doing Everything for Your Kids - The Path to Independence

Imagine spending all of this time and energy raising your kids, and then when you send them off to post- secondary education, you still have to call to wake them up every morning to make sure they get to class on time. Sounds shocking, right? When I was in college 20 years ago, I can recall going multiple days, maybe even up to a couple of weeks, without communicating with my parents. Sure, this was before cell phones, text messaging, and social media, but it wasn’t necessary to talk to my parents that often. My parents gave me plenty of freedom to live my own life and to explore and grow during those incredible years as I blossomed into an independent adult. Somehow, I figured out how to register for classes, study, eat, do laundry, meet new friends, get over breakups, and handle bad grades all on my own. 

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Parenting Multiple Kids - One Size Doesn't Fit All

When it comes to raising kids, one size doesn’t fit all. Parents of more than one child know that every child is different and will react differently when faced with the same situation. Kids are also likely to react differently to the same parenting techniques. While it is important to be fair to all of your children, adjusting your parenting style to fit the needs of each individual child can help each long-term with their development and behavior.

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Mission Ambition: Helping Children Set and Achieve Goals

When your kids set and reach their goals, they gain more than a short-term boost. Studies show that setting and working toward goals helps build important life skills like resourcefulness, problem-solving, and autonomy. But your enthusiasm to encourage your kids toward their goals can sometimes go awry, motivating you to use negative, counter-productive, or even damaging strategies in the quest for achievement. Here’s how you can help your children nurture the skills they need to set and reach goals large and small, now and for years to come.

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How to Choose a Guardian

Choosing a trustworthy sitter for date night can be hard. Leaving your children with friends or family for a childless holiday can be challenging, too. Imagining your untimely passing, leaving your children orphans, and deciding who is best suited and willing to raise your children can be nearly impossible. Sadly, in the event of your untimely death or incapacity without a Will, Enduring Power of Attorney, or Personal Directive, and decisions made with respect to your medical treatment, finances, or the care of
your children will be made by the courts without your guidance.

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