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If you are raising a strong-willed child, you’re probably worn out. I get it. Just in case the only thing you get to do for yourself today is read this, I am going to be quick. Last week, we explored the positive perspective that raising a strong-willed child means raising a leader. This week, I’m offering 5 tips on how to get them to tone it down already. more
It takes conversational courage to be assertive. Women often wonder how to be more assertive at home. I remember sitting in my first counselor's office so many years ago, coming to terms with an abortion. She put down the pad and pen and looked at me with a gentle smile. more
his upcoming month we will celebrate two important holidays. The first being the Fourth of July to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The second is National Pecan Pie Day on July 12. Pecan pie also happens to be the State Pie of Texas. So while you shoot off fireworks and eat pie, I hope it is with family and friends as I know mine will be. more
We all feel lonely sometimes, but you are not alone. Single people complain about feeling lonely. But, heck, we feel lonely even if we are married. Especially in marriage, we all search for solutions to loneliness, even in the best marriages. Often, the solution for a lonely marriage comes in the comfort of a trustworthy friend, just like it does for all people. Years ago, I turned to a friend for comfort as I began to come to terms with my abortion. She wrapped me in her arms and held me while I soaked in her kindness with relief. more
Mark your calendars for this year's sales tax holiday on August 11th-13th. The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks which are priced under $100 from sales and use taxes. The law also allows layaway purchases of these items to qualify for the sales tax exemption. All sellers in the state are required to honor the sales tax holiday, so it's a great time to get prepared for the upcoming school year while saving some money in the process. Here are five things happening around your state this month: more
In March, Texans celebrate Independence Day. Many Texans know the oil industry is a patriotic bunch of folks, but sometimes we forget how much the energy producers of this country contribute to our nation’s security. In honor of all the amazing Texans that have gone before us, I am saluting an East Texan I admire in one of our favorite Texas traditions, the oil industry. Marilyn Wood Trolinger’s family goes back four more
It’s crazy the stuff we’re thankful for as we age. Getting out of bed. Waking up at all. Coffee. Being able to swallow. Being able to feed myself. Being in my right mind. Well, mostly right. more
March is a busy month in the Capitol as many families, students and teachers make their way to Austin for spring break. We enjoy seeing everyone, but there is, of course, no spring break for legislators as final bills are filed and committee agendas are full of potential legislation. more
Worry reminds me of the way advertisers repackage their toilet boil cleaners. Like the new and improved version of a product nobody actually enjoys buying, my new doubts and fears are just a repackaged version of the old ones I thought I conquered. more
We all crave the gentle companionship marriage seems to offer, but no doubt Hollywood left out some of the crucial information about what real romance looks like. Not only do we want to share life’s joys, we want a companion who whispers gently to our pain in life’s sorrows. more
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