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Election Day

Today is election day and everyone is paying attention. As I walked away from the election booth today, I started thinking about what we do as an organization that helps families come together. We teach people how to communicate more effectively. We help kids see their parents’ point of view and help parents have tolerance […]

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Skillful Communication

What is skillful communication? We all have a general idea of whether we are communicating clearly or not. More often that not, it boils down to two things: saying what you mean and listening. OK, so it isn’t quite that simple. It is also HOW we say what we mean. We can say it in […]

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Effective Leadership

Effective leadership isn’t just about stepping up and taking the lead. It is about surrounding yourself with a team so that everyone is supplementing each others’ skills. A strong leader means a strong leadership team.   Here are a few tips on developing a strong leadership team: 1. Know your own strengths and surround yourself […]

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Horse Families

Do you know that horses do fun things with their horse families? Some of these things are: -Halter tag, otherwise known as Face tag, where they nip at each others’ faces and see who will back away first. -They eat family meals together….about 18 hours a day! -They scratch each others’ backs. And they can […]

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The “What If” Train

Is your child getting anxious about going back to school? Or are you getting anxious about your child going back to school? Or anxious about anything, for that matter? Well, people tend to get on what I call the “What If Train”. This is when we start to ruminate on something we have no control […]

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Importance of Family

Why are families important? We all need support. Kids and adults like need to have connections to others. Without connection, we are trying to go it alone. None of us, no matter how strong we think we are, can go it alone. Families provide this support. For those of you saying, “I never got any […]

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How Horses Parent

Since we’re talking about parents this week, and we work with horses who typically make excellent parents, we wanted to talk a little bit about how horses parent. Since horses live in the moment and make decisions based off what is actually going on in their environment (unlike humans, who typically made decisions based off […]

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Featured Parents

When I set out to write about parents this week, I wanted to feature a parent. Who better to feature than my own. They were perfect parents. They had that balance of setting limits and giving freedoms. They encouraged independence but had strong family values. They were the type of parent that didn’t have to […]

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Parents

According to Wikipedia, a parent is a caregiver of the offspring of their own species. That makes sense, but what is a parent, really? Is it someone who teaches us or takes care of us? Is it someone we can confide in or someone who protects us? At what age do we stop needing a parent, or do we […]

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Mimi Sommer

Some lives end suddenly and tragically. Others end after an epic battle of the wills. Mimi Sommer was one of the latter. She was a friend, a mentor, a dear Board member and I am so sad that the world no longer has her in it. She passed away this weekend and it makes me […]

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