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Pride in a Self-Centered World

pride    verb a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements and/or the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated Can pride be considered a character value?  To answer this question, we first must understand the concept of pride and its antithesis, shame. The formal definition of pride is a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction... Keep Reading

The Benefits of Reading to Our Children

In today's world of screens and video media, we sometimes forget about the joy of reading. Reading books aloud to your kids can be the most peacefully rewarding part of your everyday life if you set aside time for it. Simply reading aloud to your children can benefit all areas of their development, from bonding to cognitive learning. Reading aloud provides the opportunity for one-on-one time.... Keep Reading

Good Citizenship in a Me-Driven World

good cit • i • zen    adjective & noun having superior qualities to fill a particular role; an inhabitant of a particular town or city  What do you think of when you see our flag? Growing up, the U.S. flag was proudly flown in our home. My German grandparents met on Ellis Island during citizenship classes and celebrated by being married on the Fourth of July. The flag... Keep Reading

Summer Safety

Warmer weather means sprinkler fun, swimming pools and outside family time! However, extra precautions need to be taken to make sure our kids stay safe outdoors. Summertime can be hazardous because of the heat, intense sun, insects and increased time spent outside. There are key ways to make sure summertime fun stays safe for everyone. The first step is the easiest of all: Stay hydrated! The... Keep Reading

Courage in a Bubble-Wrapped World

cou • rage     noun the ability to do something that frightens one; strength in the face of pain or grief synonyms: bravery, pluck, valor, daring, audacity, boldness, grit Let's take a closer look at this character trait. It's simple in concept, but are you practicing it on a regular basis? I sometimes find myself avoiding things that I am afraid of, but then my courageous inner... Keep Reading