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Should You Take Your Kids Out to Eat?

If you have young children, you know that taking them out to eat requires a lot of patience and humor and napkins.

Some parents chose to forgo this experience altogether by leaving the kids at home when eating involves a menu and a waiter.  Not me.

It’s not that I enjoy the disapproving glances of other patrons; it’s not that I like getting down on my knees, sheepishly, to pick up half-eaten pieces of bread, broken crayons...
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Can You Give Your Kids a Phobia?

I have a thing about spiders.  I didn’t grow up having any particular thoughts about them, other than the vague notion that they were benign or even helpful (Charlotte’s Web was great for spider PR).

In those days, my high tolerance for critters was probably due to the fact that I spent so much time in the arroyos near my house, which put me in proximity to things like lizards, horny toads (yes, this is what...
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Eating Disorders

Recovering from an Eating Disorder? How to Survive the Holidays

Wouldn’t it be great if all your issues with food and body image took a vacation during the months of November and December?  Unfortunately, this is rarely the case.  Food plays a starring role in nearly all celebrations, and most socializing takes place around a well-dressed table.

But it’s not just the food that proves challenging, it’s the people who eat the food that can really do you in. No holiday...
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