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Getting Teens to the Dinner Table

by Carrie Lundell | January 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm | comments

Studies show there are numerous benefits to sitting down to family dinner with your children. As small children turn into teenagers, the benefits (including better communication, higher grades and lower incident of eating disorders and drug use) become even more critical. But, with school, jobs, friends and the freedom cars can afford, getting teenagers to the dinner table becomes infinitely more difficult. I grew up eight years behind my closest sibling. So,

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Try Something New Together: BMX Family Edition

by Carrie Lundell | December 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm | comments

My husband has been trying to warm our daughters to the idea of BMX racing for the last six months. With his motocross background and love of mountain biking, his enthusiasm is easy to understand. What appeals to me, is that BMX is a sport we could all do together as a family. But, as hard as he tried, the kids responded to all BMX suggestions with a roll of the eyes

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One Mediocre Campground + 40 Years of Family Tradition = Priceless

by Carrie Lundell | November 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm | comments

The first year my husband came to my annual family camping trip I remember him being a little disappointed in the whole experience. He didn’t have a bad time, it just did not live up to the expectations I had set by my inability to stop raving about it for months beforehand. I couldn’t understand why he didn’t understand the awesomeness! That’s when I realized something. If you look at

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Together Counts for Family Halloween Costumes

by Carrie Lundell | October 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm | comments

As a family of six juggling school activities, church activities, a small business and a lawyer dad’s long hours, we often feel pulled in four different directions at once. Amid the crowded schedules, we desperately try to maintain enough “free time” to enjoy personal interests and quality family time. It’s not an easy task, but opportunities for family togetherness are all around us. Some require planning, some happen spontaneously. Some require

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