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Wants vs. Needs

posted by Kristin Williamson

November 28, 2012 @ 9:30 am

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You need a cup of coffee, and you want a triple-grande-mocha-two-splenda-latte. Your son needs a new baseball bat, but wants the new-edition bat that all the kids have. Your daughter needs some new school clothes, but she wants those designer jeans.

Let’s face it. The line between a ‘need’ and a ‘want’ can be pretty grey, for kids and adults alike. You’ve probably experienced a child dramatically (and possibly in tears) exclaim, “But I NEED it!” over something that has made you laugh or even cringe a little. The good news is that we can help our children understand the difference between a ‘need’ and a ‘want’. And they’ll be better for it. More


Giving Tuesday 2012

posted by Kristin Williamson

November 27, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

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Many of us hit the stores on Black Friday. Maybe even more of us participated in Cyber Monday. Lots of us shopped locally on Small Business Saturday.  ‘Tis the season of giving and getting. But what about really giving?

Well now we have an opportunity to show that we ‘give as good as we get’ on GIVING TUESDAY. Today! It’s simple, really. All you have to do is find a way to participate in acts of giving. You could include your family, your business or a group of your friends. You can volunteer, you can give financially, you can help a neighbor. It doesn’t matter what you do, just simply do it.

Bonus points for Giving Tuesday? Tell your children. Better yet? Include them. More


Question of the Week: Family Traditions

posted by Kristin Williamson

November 20, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

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The official kick-off to the hustle and bustle of the holidays is here. Gift giving, food, family, friends, parties, greeting cards, travel, trees, decor and hopes for snow (at least for those of us in South Carolina) and glimpses of Santa are about to consume our minds. (I know, can you believe it?)

But in considering the foundation of that which we refer to as the Holiday Season, regardless of your religion or customs, we all have one thing in common specific to this time of the year: Tradition. More


How Your Family Can Help the Hungry

posted by Kristin Williamson

November 15, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

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This week we are observing National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (November 10-18).

Hunger is a huge problem and a complicated issue, but we can empower our children to make a difference if we educate them about the issue and provide them with opportunities to help instead of ignoring or attempting to insulate them from the reality of this epidemic issue. One in four children in our state goes to bed hungry at night. It is all around us.

Here are some ways you can help and get your family involved in making a difference in the lives of those that are hungry. More


Tips: Talking to Your Children About Homelessness

posted by Kristin Williamson

November 13, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

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Homelessness might not look the way you think it does.

This week we are observing National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (November 10-18).

What face comes to mind when you think about homelessness? Most of us think of middle-aged men, but there are many others that are affected by homelessness. Like families. Like the young mother and her baby? A single father and his teenage daughters. The family of four that is down on its luck.

Did you know that every school in Richland School District One has at least one homeless child? Homelessness is an issue that we cannot avoid or shield our children from, and there are things we can do to help our children understand the issue of homelessness and instill compassion in their perspectives. More