Tough Talks: Focus

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Focus. My husband teaches photography at a local high school. He repeats over and over instructions on how to get a beautiful, clear picture. He teaches focusing with different kinds of cameras, but he also talks about different points of focus, and how to use elements in the photo to draw the observer’s eye to […]

Sports: Prime time or Overtime

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Youth Sports. There is nothing that brings joy to a parent’s heart quite like seeing their little ballerina dancing across a stage in full (and most darling!) costume or watching their soccer player, all knees and elbows, running wildly across the field after scoring a goal.   Sports are commonly encouraged in children to help […]

Holiday Chaos Managed

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There is wrapping paper everywhere, too many sweets on the counter, and momma is worried, almost to the point of tears. Did we get the right thing? Have we celebrated the season? My kids won’t want to come home when they are an adult if they remember what just happened! Never fear! Acorn is here […]

Guest Blog by Marc Thompson with New Day Services

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Every so often, I meet people who have a similar mission to mine: to strengthen families, strengthen children, and strengthen our communities. Typically, their mission statement is not an almost exact replica of mine! I met with Marc and his coworker David today and was so impressed, I asked them to do a guest blog. […]

Tragedy: When a Child Dies

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A Community Changes We were having an afternoon like any other Sunday afternoon, when my husband read his email. He called me over, had me read it and we hugged. Then we quickly got the kids to eat, change, and go to a candlelight vigil for a family from our school. A child we have […]

Acorn Education Digest April 2016

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Acorn Digest April 2016 Read articles and find our calendar. You can find the full articles here, from our blogs. Renee Pfeffer, LPC Intern and Ashley Barkley, LPC. Here is a copy of our very busy calendar:   Calendar of Events Knowing The Signs April 12th, 2-3 FREE Join Acorn Staff and Denton Regional Suicide […]

#1 Free Tech App

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#1 Parenting App I’ve gotten for free! Yeah, sounds like one of those best of lists for the end of the year. But this tech app is wonderful and easy and just plain nice to have. Let me start at the beginning. My work as a therapist exposes me to a lot of information about […]

Favorite Advent Activity

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When I was a kid, Mom had an Advent Calendar where we put gifts to each other for each day of December. It also had scriptures to teach us about the Season and to prepare us to understand what Christmas was all about. I wanted to do the same thing for my family, so I […]

4 Holiday Tips for Newly Divorced Families

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With the American divorce rate between 40 and 50% of marriages ending in divorce, many of us are touched by divorce during the holidays. As with many things, the first holiday with a major change can be the most challenging. There are usually lots of feelings involved, mistakes being made or contemplated, and it is […]

3 Tips for Joy in Holiday Chaos

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My two-year-old woke up too early (again!), my coffee cream had soured, I hit my head on the car door, and the house was already a mess at 8am.  It’s days like this that joy is more of a choice than a feeling.  On my way to take my daughter to preschool I found myself […]