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Parenting Tip of the Day: Dec. 27

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“When parents disappoint or hurt a child by breaking promises, by being absent for important events, or by using harsh words or actions, it’s natural to want to make things right. But don’t use holiday gifts as a salve intended to heal those wounds. If a gift is given out of guilt or remorse, it’s not a gift but an act of penance intended to make you feel better. When a parent has done something that has disappointed or hurt a child, the best thing to do is confess it to your child, ask for forgiveness, and take the necessary action to avoid doing it again. Leave Christmas out of it — keep the holiday pure.” — Jon Beaty, life coach and parent

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