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I loved reading this article, because it helped me forgive myself for the state of my yard this summer. I couldn't do everything and I let go of gardening. I recognized the signs of stress and chaos in my own life for what they were instead of seeing them as failures. The article also made me want to look around at my friends for signs that they need more support.
http://www.mamamia.com.au/news/her-husband-had-an-accident/

What with the Schlock Challenge Coin Kickstarter, Child school transitions, and summer conventions, this community has been quite neglected for six months. So today I'm blowing off the dust and hoping to get back to some of the types of posts I was doing back in January and February.

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Today's blog post is all about my upcoming Cobble Stones releases.
http://www.onecobble.com/2013/04/24/my-cobble-stones-books/

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Being a good parent is less about birthdays and outings, more about carefully considered and consistently applied consequences.
http://www.onecobble.com/2013/04/16/homework-consequences/

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Everyone needs the basic etiquette information in this article. How Not to Say the Wrong Thing to people in crisis:
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-0407-silk-ring-theory-20130407,0,2074046.story

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In reading through this article and then looking at the graphic at the end of it, I'm pretty sure One Cobble falls into the unoccupied white space in the emotional thinker square. No wonder I'm always the odd person out on blogging panels.

http://www.zemanta.com/blog/seven-different-blogger-types/

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This article says something I've wished more people understood for a long time. The most pertinent quote is this:
" The definition of bullying adopted by psychologists is physical or verbal abuse, repeated over time, and involving a power imbalance. In other words, it’s about one person with more social status lording it over another person, over and over again, to make him miserable. But when every bad thing that happens to children gets called bullying, we end up with misleading narratives that obscure other distinct forms of harm."

The whole article is worth a read.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/12/opinion/defining-bullying-down.html?ref=opinion&_r=1&utm_source=buffer&buffer_share=b47d9&

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Re-Cobble: The Ritual of Oatmeal
Back in 2004 I wrote a post about the breakfast rituals of my children. We've covered a lot of years since then and our family has changed lots. Yet the need for rituals remains, we fall into comforting patterns and they become stability points in our lives. I think it is a good thing to have some small comforting rituals, particularly if the rest of life is in the process of shifting.
http://www.onecobble.com/2004/09/24/the-ritual-of-oatmeal/
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