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Dr Peggy Marshall
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Harvesting Your Goals

It’s September-the month for harvesting the fruits of our labors. Personally, I love this time of the year. The children are back in school; we have taken our vacations and we are enjoying the bounty of the season Click here for the full article.
Kas Winters
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Words for Families

Words are important for many reasons. When children learn to speak, they have a way to communicate with others. When they read and write they are able to learn and to share their ideas. Click here for the full article.
Kas Winters
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The Fun and Art of Pumpkin Decorating

Pumpkin carving, painting, or decorating is one of those activities that can bring family members of all ages and description together for fun. Other groups of people such as teachers or leaders with students, scouts, teams, or specialty classes can have a good time decorating pumpkins too. It fun, a little messy, and can teach safety with using sharp tools, give the opportunity for creativity and pride of one’s work, and allow for memorable conversations between participants. Click here for the full article.
Grandparents on the Go
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Grandparents on the Go Musical Instrument Museum

Perhaps taking your grandchildren around the world in 90-days might be a lifelong dream of yours. However, if you don’t have the time or the 401K to do so, we believe we’ve found an alternative right here in Phoenix, at least from a musical perspective. Rising from the desert on a 20-acre property at the corner of Tatum and Mayo Boulevards is a stunning 190,000 square foot building in which you can tour the world with your grandchildren via the universal language that binds us all together. Here everyone comes away knowing that ‘Music is the Language of the Soul’. Visitors will get up-close and personal with over 10,000 instruments and objects from around the globe. We are talking about MIM, The Musical Instrument Museum. This museum has something for every age group. Children as young as three can see Click here for the full article.
Dr Peggy Marshall
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A Passionate Life

"Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."— Ralph Waldo Emerson It’s February-a month associated with love and passion. I want to focus this month’s blog on doing what we love. I have worked with clients who are extremely successful, yet are not doing what they love. This seems counterintuitive because most of us believe that if someone is successful that person must love what they do. This is not always the case. Tama Kieves in “This Time I Dance” talks about her own evolution into doing what she loves. She was a very successful lawyer yet found herself lamenting to a friend that she wasn’t sure she LOVED being a lawyer. Her friend asked “If you are this successful doing work you don’t love doing, then what could you do with work you love doing?” I think this is a great question for all of us as we connect the word love with work Click here for the full article.
Kas Winters
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Converse with Family Members

The art of conversation has changed. Consider benefits of both old and new ways to exchange information and decide how you choose to handle communication with your children. It is possible to keep plenty of face-to-face talking while including electronic forms as appropriate for our youngsters. Click here for the full article.
Kas Winters
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Use Imaginative Play

Provide materials and tools to encourage creativity. There is a huge difference between electronic gadgets that do all the thinking, kits and projects that give instructions to make an item that looks just like the one on the cover, and truly imaginative play. Often, activities which stimulate brain activity require no materials or tools at all. Click here for the full article.
Kas Winters
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Create Your Own Family Traditions

Most of the time “Family Traditions” just happen. They aren’t usually planned. Often we just repeat activities from our own families of origin, and that can be a very positive thing. We can also give deliberate thought to establishing some especially for our children and grandchildren. I was reminded of this recently when my daughter phoned to ask about words to a song we always sang in the car when she was a child. Her children were singing it and had a question about the lyrics. That call affirmed that those little things we did with our children made a difference. “In our family we always _____.” Fill in the blank. Hopefully, you will have traditions that make memories and help children feel like they belong. Many times we relate these to holiday celebrations. Your list might Click here for the full article.
Kas Winters
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Make a Memory with a Child

Summer is traditionally vacation time and many families plan expensive travel to theme parks, resort areas and tourist locations. While these can certainly be enjoyable excursions, there are simple ways to make precious memories for everyone with a “stay-cation” that happens at home and needn’t cost anything at all. Click here for the full article.
Kas Winters
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Choose a Summer Project to Motivate a Child

With the end of school in sight, many parents are putting on their thinking caps trying to come up with ideas for keeping kids from being bored, and maybe even things students can do that will be both fun and educational during summer break. Since “bored” has always been a banned word in our family, we came up with summer projects that were matched to the interests of our children. It was a plan that worked for the kids and for us. We made many memories and expanded our knowledge and skills in the process. Here are some of the things we did. I hope that some will work for your family too. Click here for the full article.