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Some life transitions begin with a “bomb”.  These are the experiences that can usually be traced to an exact moment.  The car accident that caused a head injury.  The phone call announcing a death.  The moment when your spouse announces out of the blue that she never loved you.  The discovery of a deeply hidden family […]
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I remember when I first realized I might be in some sort of crisis.  I had left our toddler twins and their four year old sister at home to go for a girls night out at the movie, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.  The movie depicts the main character, played by Ashley Judd, […]
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The decade of the 30’s is a little less self-absorbed than the previous decade (no offense, 20-somethings).  The relational, financial, and vocational commitments made as you move through young adulthood demand more structure and responsibility.   This will be one of the most intense seasons of output in your life, particularly if you are raising children. […]
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We like to romanticize the 20’s as a carefree time, full of friends, freedom, and play.  The truth is, while those can be beautiful parts of young adulthood, for many this is a decade filled with angst.  Many major life decisions in your 20’s need to be made, and every decision feels weighty. What am […]
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Restlessness makes a fairly common appearance at our house.  Maybe it’s because my husband and I are both idealists (things could be better – let’s fix them!) or strategists (things could run better – let’s help them!), or lovers of adventure (I’m bored – let’s do something crazy!) but learning to identify the role of […]
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I’ve developed a strange but comforting relationship with a tree over the past few years.   My tree lives nearby at the Botanical Gardens in a magical forest that is home to dozens of different tree species imported from around the world over the last 150 years.    But this tree is quite special.   Not only […]
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One of the most frequent questions we get working with families in transition is, “‘How do I help my children deal with these changes (in homes, countries, schools, families, etc)?” Here are several things your child needs during transition: Give your child more TIME… As hard as it is to make yourself present to your […]
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Life is really just a series of stages of development.  From the compact season of childhood where a stage may last just a few weeks or months to the the latter stages of life where a stage may last a decade – we are constantly changing – our bodies, our understanding of the world, our […]
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