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New Year, New Traditions

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January 8, 2013 @ 11:45 am

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There’s something refreshing about starting a new year and the possibilities it presents. Some call it a ‘do over’ while others might see an opportunity to turn over a new leaf. Regardless, it’s a great time to consider creating new family traditions and habits.

In terms of making giving a part of your family’s activities and ensuring that the value of helping others becomes part of your children’s lifestyles, here are few new new traditions and exercises to consider for this New Year. And if you have others, we’d love to hear about them! More


Question of the Week: What Would You Change?

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December 28, 2012 @ 10:00 am

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As we bid adieu to 2012, there’s much to reflect on and much to plan. A New Year is upon us! The possibilities are endless!

And while we consider 2012 one last time, it’s fun to look back as a family and consider the year, that which we’re thankful and milestones that have occurred. But one last thing before we close the book and move on to 2013. What about the things we would change about 2012, if we had that power? More


Question of the Week: Presents of the Past

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December 20, 2012 @ 8:30 am

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By now, everyone has turned in their list. Santa has his orders and he is now working to pull it all together to ensure that our little ones have a very merry day. Regardless of the occasion, whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, birthdays or other occasions requiring gifts, there is something magical about providing our children with the objects of their hearts’ desires. (Exemptions include such requests as an R.V., pet penguin or trip to Venus.)

And while they’re thrilled when they receive it, in many cases over time, the thrill dissipates and the items that were once the most wonderful, needed items on the earth can now be found at the back of the closet, under the seat in the car, midway through the toy box, or worse, dragged out into the yard by the dog and left in the rain. Or even sometimes, let’s be honest, that wonderful item that they opened 10 minutes ago has been forgotten as soon as they open the next. More


Sacrifice A Gift

posted by Kristin Williamson

December 18, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

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Gifts!! Who doesn’t feel a little giddy when they see a present that has their name on it? Perhaps Scrooge, prior to learning that happiness has nothing to do with wealth but actually sharing with others? Or maybe the Grinch before learning that Christmas came to Who-ville “without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!”

Christmas morning can be a tear of gift opening, thrills and fun … and also expectations of receiving what’s on our list. We don’t want to let them down, but are we so busy filling orders that we cater to the “I Want” syndrome epidemic in today’s society? More


TAG Book Club: The Giving Book

posted by Kristin Williamson

December 3, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

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The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving, by Ellen Sabin, inspires, engages and teaches children about the act of giving back. It provides a process to help families guide their children in gaining a sense of compassion, exploring their own personal interests in helping others, and discovering the true impact they can have in the lives of others, their community and the world. The 64-page, spiral-bound workbook will be personalized by your child, making him the author of his own journey into compassion and giving. More