*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on StudyFinds. In contrast to every movie or television show you’ve ever seen about teenagers in high school, a new study has found that teens who don’t date are happier, less depressed, and more adept at dealing with a variety of social situations. It’s generally believed…

For as long as I can remember, I have been drawn to Ruth from the Bible. I’ve been thinking about what qualities I admire so much about her. And I think it is that despite the hard, unexpected circumstances that happened in her life, she determined to put one foot in front of the other…

Spinning plates for all of us on the special needs journey is a “norm.” We know we can do it: spin a lot of plates all at one time, keeping them going, running from plate to plate and not letting any of them fall—because we have to. For many of us, it’s an instant reflex…

Trending Today on Twitter – 9/6/19 1. #FridayFeeling 2. #FridayMotivation 3. #FridayThoughts 4. Post Malone 5. Cape Hatteras 6. #RedFriday 7. #NationalReadABookDay 8. Howard Schultz 9. Mugabe 10. David Brooks Source: Twitter Trending Today on Google – 9/6/19 1. Robert Mugabe 2. Demi Lovato 3. Facebook dating app 4. NFL 5. Kylie Rae Harris 6….

column width=”1/1″ last=”true” title=”” title_type=”single” animation=”none” implicit=”true”] This morning I dropped off Nick at his first day of the new school year. Although he is 19 and we’ve done a lot of first days, this one still has some new elements. First, he is starting a new class with a new teacher. His school, which is exclusively…

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on ScienceDaily. Two new studies from MIT suggest that mindfulness — the practice of focusing one’s awareness on the present moment — can enhance academic performance and mental health in middle schoolers. The researchers found that more mindfulness correlates with better academic performance, fewer suspensions from…

Last week I sat on the couch next to my older son as we went through the Love Languages Personality Profile for Teens in Jolene Philo and Dr. Gary Chapman’s new book, Sharing Love Abundantly in Special Needs Families: The 5 Love Languages® for Parents Raising Children with Disabilities (referral link). Some of his answers…

Trending Today on Twitter – 8/30/19 1. #HurricaneDorian2019 2. #FridayThoughts 3. #FridayMotivation 4. Game Day 5. #Funimation 6. #powertrip 7. Tool 8. Neil Cavuto 9. madeleine westerhout 10. Happy Friyay Source: Twitter Trending Today on Google – 8/30/19 1. BMW 2. Apple 3. Binance 4. PS4 5. TikTok 6. Tool Fear Inoculum 7. Chiefs 8….

I recently had a grandmother tell me about an uncomfortable conversation she had with her elementary-aged grandson. Prompted by watching a TV news story on the current teen vaping epidemic, the inquisitive boy had asked grandma whether she had ever been a smoker. In an effort to be totally honest, the grandmother told her grandson…

  Know the Way Make a matching game with simple truths about God’s way of salvation from sin. Get out the crayons and 16 post-it notes. Give each child two post-it notes and assign them an item to draw on the sticky side of both notes (the item is in italics in the statements below)….

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