Asserting Independence

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Garrett came home from camp in a foul mood. I heard him stomp through the front door, turn the corner, march into his room, and slam the door shut. I decided to give him a few minutes to calm down...

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Sometimes, it’s not what happens to us that compels us to make a change, but it’s the things that we witness happening to other people that make us reassess our own choices in life. Case in point: Gar...

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There is a Japanese proverb that says we all have Three Faces: The first face, you show to the world. The second face, you show to your close friends, and your family. The third face, you never s...

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Several weeks ago, we took the kids to the Alisal Ranch for a few days of vacation before the school year started. It provided us with the opportunity to disconnect from technology, play with some far...

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Justin must want something, but he hasn't told us what it is yet. However, there have been subtle clues around the house. Things are a little neater. Clothing has been put away and the "puppy-dog" eye...

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While are Grandma’s house, Justin decided to announce to anyone who was listening (specifically Grandma and Grandpa Bob) that there was a toy he really, really, really wanted. I’m pretty sure he assum...