Recent content by wneely

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    Should parents help a teen make career choices or leave it up to the teen?

    We let our kids try things that interest them to see how well they actually like or enjoy it. They're free to give something up- after a good trial- if they truly are unhappy. We currently have 2 teenagers who are juniors in high school. Our 16 year old daughter has her college time all planned...
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    Blended families

    These days there are a lot of blended families, and each has its own set of dynamics. We're fortunate to be a part of a blended family in which everyone gets along and works together, but not everyone is so lucky. A couple of years ago I found a site that really helped me to put everyone's...
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    What do you do when you and your spouse don't agree?

    We have a blended family, so if there's an issue that could raise any disagreement all of the parents get together and discuss it without the kids. Since it's important to have the same rules for all, those who aren't biologically tied to the child in question is a part of the discussion as...
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    Alternative To Sugar

    One thing I do recommend is keeping some simple syrup on hand in the fridge. 1 part sugar 1 part water, bring it to a boil to fully dissolve the sugar, then let it cool & place it in the fridge in an airtight container. I've found that this is an easier way to sweeten cold drinks than just...
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    Alternative To Sugar

    I use simple dehydrated cane juice for my coffee, and the kids prefer honey or agave nectar for their tea. All of these are great alternatives to the refined sugars most people buy at the super market. We also keep Truvia, which is simply Stevia leaf powder, on hand for my son because he enjoys...
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    Tips on drinking more water

    I have the same problem, and I've found that just having a water bottle doesn't really help me. It has to be comfortable and one I enjoy looking at as well as using. For that reason I sprung for a bottle of Voss at Earth Fair, and I keep it refilled with filtered water from my fridge. Since...
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    Is it better to plan your child's life before they're born or allow them to choose their destiny?

    I prefer to let my kids choose their own way. I look at my job as a parent to be to help them become the people they're meant to be, not to be a tyrant who plans and dictates their every move. I want them to grow up to be happy, healthy, successful people, but the only way I can help ensure...