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Letter from the Publisher

Candi Broeffle, Publisher

It’s August already and I’m left asking myself, “Where did the lazy days of summer go?”

We wait all winter to enjoy the longer, warmer days of summer, only to have them disappear far too soon. I think back to when I was a child and summer seemed to go on forever. We were so excited to go back to school, meet up with our friends and get back to the busy-ness of the school year. 

I hear from so many parents today the struggles of how to keep their children occupied when the structure of school is not present. At the end of summer, many camps and sports activities are over yet there are still a few weeks of summer vacation left. This is a concern I had when I was raising my son in the 90s. What if he gets bored? Will he just waste away his days?

Children are resilient, and when left to their own devices, extremely creative. Being bored is the breeding ground to develop creativity, but they can’t develop this if they are being overly occupied by technology or scheduled with activities. This month’s issue includes several articles that we can use in our quest to raise happy children and lead more satisfying lives, including:

  • “Simplified Parenting: Why Less Means More Happiness”. Deborah Shouse shares the best advice from several experts on how we can release some of the “shoulds” of parenting and relax into a more simplified approach that will bring less stress and more fun into our families.
  • “Our Deep Need for Silence”. Randy Kambic brings us insights from author Erling Kagge in which he shares how silence creates room for us to experience life instead of overthinking it.
  • “A Kinder Heart: Cultivating a Life of Compassion”. Amy Leigh Mercree gifts us with a simple centering exercise that helps open our heart and feel deeply for ourselves and others.

On another note, I am excited to launch a new column in the magazine featuring entrepreneurial kids with businesses focused on health and wellness. This month I introduce you to Abigail Luetmer of Abigail’s Gluten-Free Bakery. This past spring, I met Abbie at the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest and I was so impressed by her business that I was inspired to launch this new section of the magazine. If you know of a young entrepreneur that you believe is suitable for being covered in this column, please email or call me, Publisher@NAtwincities.com or 763-270-8604, respectively.

In health and happiness,

Candi Broeffle, Publisher

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