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  • Family Talk… What does Memorial Day mean to you?
    Family Talk… What does Memorial Day mean to you?

      What does Memorial Day mean to you?​ BRENDA – Carmel, IN, Executive, Married, 1 Step-Son, Middle Sister – Several years ago I was in Washington D.C. on business, and I took in a bit of sightseeing too. I wanted to see the Vietnam War Memorial. From a distance walking [Read More!…]

  • Have Fun Gardening with Your Kids
    Have Fun Gardening with Your Kids

      I will never forget my first experience with a vegetable garden. I was maybe 6 years old, and my family was staying with friends of my parents while we looked for a house in a new town. My parents’ friends were farmers and had a real vegetable garden, cows, [Read More!…]

  • Become Creative in Navigating Family Life Transitions
    Become Creative in Navigating Family Life Transitions

      This past year has definitely been a challenge for me.  I have run into so many headaches.  I assumed going directly into graduate school following my BSW graduation would be tolerable, if not an easy transition to shift into.  What I have learned, and continue to learn, is that [Read More!…]

  • Do You Know what Prevents You from Giving Your Personal Power Away?
    Do You Know what Prevents You from Giving Your Personal Power Away?

      In my 30+ years as a counselor, I have found myself working on a particular issue over and over again despite a client’s age, gender, race, career choice, sexual identity, socioeconomic status, etc. and regardless of why they say they are seeking help.  This issue is the desire to [Read More!…]

  • It's Never too Late to Start a Family Tradition
    It’s Never too Late to Start a Family Tradition

      Family get togethers at holiday time were a regular thing when I was growing up.  It was expected at every major holiday; Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter and others, we’d be over at my grandmother’s house. As I became an adult and had children of my own, it was important to [Read More!…]

  • Bring New Energy into Your Life with a New Goal
    Bring New Energy into Your Life with a New Goal

      This month, I decided to share with everyone one of the reasons why I keep on pushing.  Last month, my daughter told my hubby she was going to a high school technology competition and bringing home an award.  She completed her matter-of-fact statement with, “It’s been 7 years since [Read More!…]

  • YOU STAND UP!
    YOU STAND UP!

      I’ve been a big girl all of my life, and there was a time when I tried to make myself smaller. As a child, I tried to do it physically by slouching and not standing to my full height. I was cured of that habit by my greatest personal [Read More!…]

  • Family Talk… What are Your Favorite Things about Spring?
    Family Talk… What are Your Favorite Things about Spring?

      What are the things you like most about the spring season? LINDA – Clinton, UT, Public Sector, Married, 2 Daughters & 2 Step-Sons, Middle Sister – RVing, RVing, RVing… did I mention RVing!  Leon and I take full advantage of our centrally located area in Salt Lake City.  We [Read More!…]

  • Make St. Patrick’s Day Family Time… Fun Irish Recipe, Games & More!
    Make St. Patrick’s Day Family Time… Fun Irish Recipe, Games & More!

      Saint Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate even if you’re not Irish. For something different this year, how about making a traditional Irish dinner with your kids, and celebrate this enjoyable holiday by having a themed dinner complete with Irish themed table decorations, games, and a movie? [Read More!…]

  • Do You Put on Your ‘Whoa is Me’ Outfit when Times are Tough?
    Do You Put on Your ‘Whoa is Me’ Outfit when Times are Tough?

      “Forgive your limitations and get on with your life” – Unknown Limitations are common for many but not directly spoken by all.  Limitations are what confine or restrict us.  In life, they are those invisible chains we tend to either place on our lives ourselves or allow others to [Read More!…]

  • Family Talk… Top 3 Qualities for Successful Romantic Relationship?
    Family Talk… Top 3 Qualities for Successful Romantic Relationship?

      What are the three most important qualities in a successful romantic relationship? JAY – Carmel, IN, Executive, 1 Son, Brenda’s Husband – The three most important qualities in a successful romantic relationship are trust, mutual interests, and a strong sense of humor.  Maybe compatible interests instead of mutual interests, [Read More!…]

  • Easy & Inexpensive Ideas to Make Valentine’s Day Family Time!
    Easy & Inexpensive Ideas to Make Valentine’s Day Family Time!

      Valentine’s Day is coming in a couple of weeks, and children love to participate in this holiday all about showing those you like and love how much you appreciate them. I remember when I was a child (Goodness…a LONG time ago!), my school would allow the kids to exchange [Read More!…]

  • Do You Know how to Choose Gifts Those Close to You Really Want?
    Do You Know how to Choose Gifts Those Close to You Really Want?

      “Love is something eternal; the aspect may change but not the essence.” – Unknown Happy Valentine’s Day.  I know we just came off the heels of Christmas shopping, so I sure do hope everyone was able to find their sweeties (hubby, wifey, and kids) a nice Valentine’s Day gift [Read More!…]

  • When Faced with Crisis, See the Good in It
    When Faced with Crisis, See the Good in It

      Happy New Year WVM Family!  I trust everyone had a joyful holiday season.  It is the New Year again, and thankfully, although I am not fond of rushing through the years, because that means I am getting older, I am excited about making it to another year, because that [Read More!…]

  • Tips to Make 2017 an ‘Injury & Accident Free’ Year for Your Kids!
    Tips to Make 2017 an ‘Injury & Accident Free’ Year for Your Kids!

      In our home, a new year is something that is looked forward to with anticipation by all of the children as well as myself. New beginnings, new goals, new achievements…these are all things that the kids really enjoy being a part of and the conversations are a pleasure to [Read More!…]

  • Looking for Your Family Identity or Lost Relative? Get to Know Search Angels
    Looking for Your Family Identity or Lost Relative? Get to Know Search Angels

      What is a Search Angel? A “Search Angel” is someone who gives of their time and expertise, without charge, to help people separated from family and lost loved ones by adoption, foster care, divorce, and alienation, to find their information and reconnect, if they choose. We are men and [Read More!…]

  • Tips to Keep the Holidays Happy & Safe for Your Kids
    Tips to Keep the Holidays Happy & Safe for Your Kids

      Christmas is always an exciting time in my house.  The children love the holidays and all that comes with them.  There are lots of conversation about decorating, doing for others and cooking lots of delicious meals and treats. They delight in surprising each other with presents and trying to [Read More!…]

  • How to Celebrate the Holidays with Family Members Away from Home
    How to Celebrate the Holidays with Family Members Away from Home

      The holidays are filled with family traditions that create everlasting memories and joy.  Each year, military families may face the unfortunate chance of having their husband/wife, mom/dad, son/daughter, close relative or friend be separated due to deployment or a long distance duty assignment.  Military families are commonly known for [Read More!…]

  • What My Kids Taught Me about the True Meaning of Christmas
    What My Kids Taught Me about the True Meaning of Christmas

      I am pretty sure all of us have many great memories from our childhood Christmas’, and if we thought about them, we would smile all day. My greatest Christmas memory is of my mom cooking the best dinners and desserts anyone could ever imagine. She would always let me [Read More!…]

  • The Magic of Santa Claus is Real!
    The Magic of Santa Claus is Real!

      I remember when I was in 5th grade watching TV with my mom, and out of the blue she said, “You know Santa isn’t real, right?”  Now mind you, this was in July, so I’m not really sure why this was on her mind, not to mention that I [Read More!…]