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Your daughter won't eat her carrots because they touched her mashed potatoes, and she won't eat her entire meal if a single green pea appears on her plate. Your son will only eat peanut butter sandwiches. (A few days ago, he would only eat bananas.) Your twins are interested in doing anything at the dinner table except for eating.

Severe weather and other emergencies can strike with little or no warning—and your family may not be together when it does. How will you get to safe place? How will you contact one another? How will you get back together? It's important to have emergency plans in place, so your family knows what to do if a disaster strikes. September is National Preparedness Month, and there's no better time to plan for emergencies.

The end of August means summer is coming to an end and children will be going back to school. For divorcing families, that might mean uncertainty as to where the child/children will go to school.

The first day of school is approaching and teacher assignments will soon be placed in our hot little hands—or inboxes, as it were. Hopefully, your child's classroom is a magical learning space in which he or she feels safe and supported. Fortunately, this is typically the case. On the other hand, when it's not the case, parents and teachers alike are placed in an awkward position.

My dad once told me a story that after his last collegiate football game, my grandfather glided up to him and said, "I enjoyed every one of 'em." His father never missed a game, sometimes suffering through a four-hour ride back home with work the next day. His line to my father was never forgotten, and as my father picked me up at Grand Valley State University a day after my last knee operation, knowing that my career had hit a flatline, he quietly, but proudly said, "I enjoyed every one of 'em." Through my tears and disappointment, I was honored to hear that.

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