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Author Archives: Leslie Penkunas

Christmas: Being mindful of mental illness

Help is not limited to clinics. We all know someone stressed or anxious. Disconnection begets isolation. A sense of belonging and to be heard are healing gifts.

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How to keep kids reading over the holidays

Learning doesn’t stop when kids are off of school for holiday break. It’s actually the perfect time to encourage snuggling up with a good book.

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Medications and non-medical techniques to help women during labor and delivery

For centuries — probably since the beginning of humankind — pregnant women have sought relief from the ‘discomfort’ of giving birth. A Scottish woman was famously hanged after daring to ask for pain relief while birthing twins in the late 16th century. But it wasn’t until Queen Victoria breathed in chloroform to help ease the labor and delivery of her ...

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Create new traditions this holiday season

We pass down family traditions because we want to surround our children and grandchildren with the feelings of love and security those traditions gave us.

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Snowtubing in Central PA!

We’ve rounded up great places to snowtube for some great family fun this winter.

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Beyond cooties: Teaching our kids about sex

Having “the talk” may be one of the more challenging aspects of parenting, but helping your adolescent and teen stay safe includes helping them to navigate the paths ahead.

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It looks like we’ll be getting a ‘Frozen 3’

We can’t let go of the notion of a third Frozen movie. Only weeks after Frozen 2 was released to theaters on November 22, speculation about a third flick in the Frozen series has already begun. Continue reading.

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The Night Before Hallogivingmaseve

’Twas the night before Hallogivingmaseve, when all through the store employees were stirring, cramming in more trick or treat candy piled in clearance with care before October 31st had even drawn near; pumpkin pie candles nestled all snug on the shelves while the turkeys are stuffed beside Santa’s elves. And I in my tiredness, and my kids high on festivities ...

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