Author: Michael Rushbrook

2018 Annual Toy Guide

‘Tis the season for shopping, but don’t let the pressure of finding that perfect gift take the “happy” out of your holidays. Before you hit the mall—or Internet—take a look at the fantastic finds below, all of which were recognized and awarded by the National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA). CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR TOY GUIDE This article appears in the November 2018 issue of Augusta Family Magazine. Did you like what you read here?...

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Handling the Holidays with Dignity, Patience and Grace

-by Dr. Dana Harris   The holiday season is rapidly approaching!  For many, it’s an opportunity to rekindle the feelings of family togetherness, meaningful traditions, spiritual rejuvenation, precious memories of childhood and the innocence of a moment in time long ago.  For others, the holiday season can bring about feelings of being overwhelmed, depression and loneliness, coupled with hectic times and shiny new possessions that probably won’t be paid off until March. Family relationships, finances and the physical demands of the holiday season are all common triggers of stress. During this time of year, it comes as no surprise...

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Pick Your Friends… Carefully

Another in the series, Ten Habits for Healthy Moms By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. On my first day of medical school, a stodgy, statuesque professor surveyed the class and prognosticated, ”Look around ladies and gentlemen.  In four years a third of you will not graduate, 1 will commit suicide, and of those who are married now, 30% will be divorced.”  At that moment I about became one of those 1/3, but instead I persisted and learned the lesson that our peer group has an enormous impact on our lives. A famous motivational speaker is fond of saying that you...

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Go Girl – Ruthie Garcia

By Renee Williams, Photo Credit: John Harpring Ruthie Garcia, 47, is a Senior Training Specialist and Owner of Eden Business Services. She has four children, daughter Marina, 25, son Ben, 22, daughter Sophia, 14, and son Gabriel, 13. She has three pets, Olive Ü LaFleur, Pit Bully mix; Stella Luna Tuna (aka Luna), calico shorthair; Margarite Sardinia (aka Marge), calico medium-hair. One word you would use to describe yourself: Passionate. If you could have any job, what would you choose? Star of my own exotic travel destination show. What quality do you most admire? Hmmm–I think this is a...

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Holidays, Sugar & Fiber

by Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE Holidays and sweet treats fit together, but holidays and fiber, maybe not so much.  I’d like to change that – now don’t get me wrong I am a fan of the occasional sweet treat, but I am a bigger fan of health. Consider these well known facts with health in mind. Fact one: Americans eat more sugar than is recommended. The average American eats 14 to 20 teaspoons of sugar per day. Children and teens consume slightly more than adults. • The American Heart Association recommendations for added sugar are gender based....

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