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School starts in about a month, and while I don’t mean to stop the summer fun, my next column doesn’t come out until mid-September, so I want to offer some tools for the approaching date.

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If we want a racially just society, and I sure hope we all do, we need to talk to our children and teens about racism and antiracism in an open and honest way. In the second of my two-part series on this subject, I suggest some specifics of what you can do at home to talk to your children ab…

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“I know my life is better when I work from the assumption that everyone is doing the best they can.” — Brené Brown, “Dare to Lead.”

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With this idea, giving a gift is an act of love by the gifter who puts effort into being thoughtful in buying something special for someone. Receiving a present like that can give the receiver a sense of being cared for and deeply known.

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“Mom, he hit me!”

“Dad, she knocked over my blocks!”

“She’s calling me names.” “He’s sitting too close to me.” “She’s wearing my favorite shirt.”

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I’ve been thinking a lot about worthiness and identity development recently. It’s been on my mind as a mother raising two teens and as someone who works with parents and believes strongly in helping our children develop positive self-esteem.

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The other day when my daughter told me she was going to the middle school dance, she mentioned she wished it started after dark because it was more fun to go to a dance when it was dark out.

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More and more I am coming to see how important it is to set clear boundaries with my children. I’ve been slow on the uptake with this, and it’s not always easy for me. I have been blessed — or cursed — with the ability to see both sides of any argument, making it easy for me to be swayed in …