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This is how to talk to your kids about Orlando.

  Tragedy is an unfortunate and scary part of life. And, as a parent, I feel like it’s even more frightening when something horrendous happens. You have the natural fear of wanting to protect your children, and then the unfortunate task of figuring out what to say to them about it. It’s a scary truth for all parents, but one that’s uniquely challenging when it comes to kids like my youngest, who suffers from an anxiety disorder. His fears, irrational or not, are real and intense and overwhelming on a safe day. On a scary day they are worse. My natural…

Sue, Liza, Jen, Amanda

  Happiness is one of those things you have to work at. I make choosing joy, looking on the bright side, and appreciating the tiny moments that are often overlooked, a mission. It’s something I focus on in my daily life. It’s something I write about when I get the chance. It’s something I put on my “to do” list each and every day as a reminder to myself to just be more happy. It’s what happy people do. And it’s working! That’s not to say that I don’t sometimes get down. That I don’t still have doubt-filled days where…

Can You Drink Camel Milk?

  Back in 2010, I was perusing the Twitterverse (in between real conversations with fellow Tweeps — remember those days?) and stumbled across a link to an article touting the next variety of mammal milk that’s being grossly underused, yet would be amazingly beneficial health-wise. Human milk, you’re thinking? Nope. That’s SOOOO 2008’s news buzz. Remember when the PETA folks tried to get Ben & Jerry’s to use human milk in their ice cream? (It was kind of a joke meant to prove their point about the absurdity of believing it’s okay to drink and use another mammal’s milk, while being squeamish about consuming human milk—though…

3 Things To Think About Before Your Next Volunteer Role

  My hometown of Frederick, Md., is a special community. Not only is it a vibrant mix of culture and history, it’s also filled with some of the most generous and kind souls I’ve ever encountered. It’s a community that thrives due in large part to the caring individuals who donate their time, talents and treasures to their favorite causes. I’ve had the pleasure of volunteering in a number of different roles: planning events, leading cub scout dens, participating as a working not-for-profit board member, assisting youth soccer, and writing public relations materials for organizations I admire. Some might call me a…

Things To Know About Being A Coach's Spouse

  A lacrosse widow. That’s what I was called from March through the end of May every year for the first 13 years of my marriage—which, coincidentally, is the same number of years we’ve been married. You can’t take being a coach’s spouse lightly. Being a coach for a sports team—a really good coach—takes time and energy. We all know this. Beyond the obvious, successful coaches also have a few other things going for them: empathy, strong leadership skills, ability to delegate, and support at home. My husband’s a lacrosse coach. He played lacrosse growing up, and also in college.…