Currently Browsing: November 2022 11 articles


5-2-1-0 Plan for Healthy Holidays

Pumpkin pie, sweet potato casserole, turkey and dressing, and cooler weather…the holiday season with parties, snacks and family gatherings is here. While this is a favorite time of year for many, it is often stressful with different places to be and events galore! In all the gather-ing and going, it can become easy to forget […]


When Efforts to Help Your Child May Actually Hurt

Has your child ever approached you for comfort, but your efforts to calm escalated the distress? When this occurs, you are probably displaying a near enemy of what you actu­ally want to portray. Near enemies look like the emotion we are attempting to foster but make the situation worse instead. The near enemy of kindness […]


10 Science-Backed Benefits of Practicing Gratitude with Kids

Only recently have scientists begun to study the benefits of gratitude. Vitamin G, as some like to call it, plays a critical role in health and happiness. Focusing on the positive boosts body, mind, and spirit. It gives us energy, inspires us, and transforms us. In a nutshell, it provides life with meaning by thinking […]

teens and screens Nov 22

How the Social Media “Popularity Contest” Affects Our Kids

I don’t know about you, but middle school was hard. I’m talking “you couldn’t pay me enough money to do it again” hard. These are the years when young people start to really find their group. They begin to discover where they fit in if you will. And in my day (old person story here), […]


Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Beyond – Hacks to Cash in on Super Holiday Savings

Whether you’re a Black Friday enthusiast or hater, there are ample ways to cash in on super holiday savings throughout the season. So follow these tips for deep discounts on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and beyond. Subscribe to Store Email Lists Decide on which stores you want to shop at least a couple of weeks […]


Speak Your Child’s Love Language

Growing up feeling loved helps children overcome many obstacles. It contributes to a feeling of well-being that will help them excel in school, friendships, and all other areas of their lives. It even helps when it comes to being disciplined. “Often, parents assume that their kids just ‘know’ they love them, or that saying ‘I […]

WP Mom 2 Mom Nov 22

Mom to Mom with Dusty McKinley

WP: You and your husband own a pyro company. Tell us all about this. DM: My hus­band will tell you his mother told him he would make a living blowing stuff up or be in trouble for it. He took the high road there! We sell and shoot profes­sional fireworks shows – the big ones […]


Teacher of the Month: Julie McDaniel, Lisenby Primary School

“I believe that kindergarten is my calling,” shared Julie McDaniel, kindergarten teacher at Lisenby Primary School. “I love the excitement of learning that I am able to foster in the young minds of my students. For most of my students, I am their first interaction with the formal education system. It is an honor and […]

Dinner’s Ready: Greg and Kathy Powell’s Smoked Mac and Cheese

Smokey. Cheesy. Delicious. Dinner’s ready, and it’s a Smoked Mac and Cheese brought to you by Greg and Kathy Powell of Auburn. “ The boys and I gave Greg the smoker for Father’s Day, so we stumbled upon the recipe when looking for good smoker recipes,” shared Kathy. “After Greg made it the first time, […]

Dave Says November 22

Cutting Costs During the Holiday Season

We’re doing our best to stick to our cash Christmas budget this year. Are there any traps to avoid, and do you have other advice on ways we can cut costs during the holiday season? If you’re getting out of debt, the phrase “extra money” probably isn’t even in your vocabulary. Regardless, stores will do […]

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