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Family Matters #17: Strategies for Creative Healing

March 3, 2021

By Lucia Ferrara
When we feel like chaos surrounds us and our young people, developing strategies that engage our creative sides can help us calm the storms of emotions.

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Family Matters #16: Teaching Healthy Lifestyles

February 17, 2021

By Lucia Ferrara
For our kids to be healthy, happy and strong, they need to exercise and eat food that is good for them. As parents, we can begin instilling these habits with simple things. Here are a few tips.

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Family Matters #15: Safety is a physical and emotional need

January 27, 2021

Parents and caregivers are responsible for ensuring their children are safe. Young people who feel safe are more positive, confident and willing to contribute.

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Family Matters #14: Building Relationships Builds Resilience

January 6, 2021

By Lucia Ferrara
Strong, positive relationships are important in all of our lives. However, in the lives of young people, they can be life-changing and life-affirming.

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Family Matters #13: Constructive use of time during a pandemic

December 2, 2020

By Lucia Ferrara
Parenting in the time of Covid-19 has definitely been challenging in many ways. I ask myself every day how am I going to handle today's struggles with my son as a virtual learner?

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Family Matters #12: Getting comfortable with other cultures

November 18, 2020

By Lucia Ferrara
Today’s globalized world is a melting pot of cultures. Exposing our children to a variety of cultures and people — helping them get out of our “bubble” — teaches them to treat others with equality, tolerance and respect.

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Family Matters #11: Uncovering potential and purpose

November 4, 2020

By Lucia Ferrara
Giving young people opportunities to think — positively — about their future and what they want to achieve in life is very important because it shapes their identity.

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Family Matters #10: Finding Balance During Covid

October 21, 2020

By Lucia Ferrara
Working from home while your entire family is also working or studying from home can be can be stressful, but unavoidable at this time. Finding a work-family balance and effectively managing your time has never been so important.

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Family Matters #9: Positive Values, Responsibility

October 7, 2020

By Lucia Ferrara
When my kids were the ages of 8, 5 and 2, I taught them that if they played with building blocks, they needed to put the blocks back in the toy chest when they are done. I was trying to teach them responsibility, something we that we need to start at an early age.

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Family Matters Article #8: Empowerment

September 24, 2020

By Lucia Ferrara
Empowerment is one of the building blocks of development that helps young people grow up healthy, caring and responsible.


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