Safe House: How Emotional Safety Is the Key to Raising Kids Who Live, Love, and Lead Well

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Safe House: How Emotional Safety Is the Key to Raising Kids Who Live, Love, and Lead Well by Joshua Straub, Phd, explores how to give your children emotional support, stability, and safety. The book is written from a Christian perspective, and the author shows how faith plays a major role in parenting. Straub discusses how to make your home a “safe house” for your children, complete with protective walls and a firm foundation. I especially enjoyed reading about the various psychology studies referenced in the book, as well as the end-of-chapter questions that analyze parenting styles. One of my favorite parts of the book was the Safe House Parenting Assessment, a 30-question quiz which describes what kind of parent you are. Though it’s not an extensive quiz, it does highlight the key principles that Straub believes a “safe” parent should have. From building needed boundaries to encouraging healthy independence, the book covers a wide…

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{Review} DIY Home Cleaning Solution

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I don’t know about the rest of the parents out there, but I spend most of my day cleaning up messes. Not just toys scattered all over the floors of my house, but the gooey, sticky, grime trail left behind by my two adoring kiddos. As my one of my best friends always jokes “I’d have kids… if they weren’t always so sticky!” She isn’t wrong either, they are just so… sticky! It’s not a secret, kids are just plain messy, they can’t help it! But what do we, as parents, do about it? I know for me, cleaning it never at the top of my to-do list, but it’s always there, looming in some dark, dirty corner…

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Spotlight

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Spotlight Poster“Spotlight” may be the only journalism movie actually about journalism. “All the President’s Men”, this film’s closest companion, is about seeing in the dark and finding the needle in the haystack. “Ace in the Hole” is about escaping a trap through sketchy ethics and deceit. “Sweet Smell of Success” is about power achieved through words, wit and gossip. “Citizen Kane”? Well, that’s about a lot of things.

Thomas McCarthy’s film is not a thriller, a caper, a neo-noir or a melodrama. It does not have an ominous villain, a series of disturbing threats as the conspiracy unravels, or any suspense set pieces. Like “All the President’s Men”, “Spotlight” is a movie of hunches, discovery, research and hard work. The film embodies the philosophy of slow journalism, and it endlessly piles and escalates its stakes until finally both the journalists and us have a real story. A good journalist knows there’s…

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Comics Reading Review: Paper Girls #2

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Paper Girls (#2)

  • Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
  • Artist: Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson
  • Colorist: Matt Wilson
  • Published by: Image
  • Pages: 35, Publish Date: November 4, 2015, Price: $2.99
  • Notes: Monthly series

Synopsis:

“The hottest new ongoing series of the year continues, as the Paper Girls witness the impossible.”

Personal Thoughts (minor spoilers):

More mystery and strangeness afoot, as Paper Girls deliver their second issue…

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We return to this crazy 80s route of neighborhood mysteries and supernatural suspense. So far, we have yet to solve the mystery of the “Apple” device, weird skies, the hooded cyborg monster/alien/not sure. The new issue stacks more upon the strangeness; a flock of giant killer birds, another mystery person, a murder and more. Also, the adults are seemingly gone for now, except for one so far as we meet later on. The question begs, what the heck is going on?

But there in this otherwise mundane suburban environment…

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Growth Through Adversity: Angie McMahon’s New One-Woman Show is an Ambitious Triumph

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The Day Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Nearly Killed Me is a one-woman show produced, directed by, and starring Angie McMahon. With candor, wit and intimacy, McMahon recounts the tale of how, at six-months pregnant, she created the Rally To Restore Sanity: Chicago and ended up biting off more than she could chew.

In the lively opening sequence (complete with money and blaring music), McMahon tells with gusto how she created the event on Facebook and watched as it went viral. Incorporating a wide range of vocal impersonations and sardonic humor, McMahon’s acting runs the gamut: college hipsters, frazzled interns, and moody security guards are all deliciously and perfectly parodied by McMahon through out the show.

The Day Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Nearly Killed Me is a fascinating show, one about how quickly things can go to hell if you don’t have a plan, but it’s also a…

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