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Family

Many grandparents are finding the job of grandparenting different from what they expected. Instead of occasional visits from their grandchildren, they have taken on the role of primary parents. Sometimes referred to as kinship caregivers, these grandparents take in and raise children who can no longer live with their parents for a variety of reasons, including substance abuse, domestic violence, poverty and teenage pregnancy.

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Julie Anne MacKinnon is the wife of a professional hockey scout who travels more than 150 days a year. When Dan’s career brought the two homegrown Canadians to the United States in 1998, the couple and their young family bounced from Ohio to Massachusetts, Ontario to Tennessee before finally settling in Toledo.
 
Like many “transplants,” she found herself in unfamiliar cities without friends or family to offer support with the care of her two young children.

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For Connie Koch, turning 40 meant a time for reflection.
 
Though she had endured her share of ups and downs and then some throughout her four decades, she decided to mark the occasion with an attitude of gratitude.
 
As her March 12 birthday approached, she decided to celebrate, not by pampering herself with something special, but by embarking on 40 days of random acts of kindness.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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