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Work Life Program Manager

Lisa Allred comes to SAS with a long history of working with families throughout the lifespan. After receiving her undergraduate degree at Wake Forest Universtity and her Masters in Social Work from UNC-CH, her career began as a child therapist focusing on parenting, anxiety and trauma. She then moved into college counseling where she emphasized student wellness and balance.

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Venting: No more passes

Chances are that sometime in your life you have been hurt by gossip.  We probably all agree that gossip is wrong.  It spreads negativity in our workplaces and social groups.  It is designed to make someone else look bad and to isolate them from the group.  It encourages people to

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Adoption: Part two

In my blog, Deciding to Adopt, I mentioned sharing 4 podcasts about adoption that I recorded with Darius Moore and Alex Kelly with the Children's Home Society of NC. Here are the second two podcasts on "Adopting in NC" and "Cross-cultural Fostering and Adoption". Adopting in NC Cross-cultural Fostering and

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Thinking About Adoption?

Are you thinking about adoption?  Congratulations!   Here are some questions to ask yourself as you begin this journey, particularly if you don't have any experience raising children.  The following are just a few of many considerations. How will your personality blend with parenting? How well do you (and if you have

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Why Willpower Fails Me

I have been thinking and reading a lot about what motivates lasting behavioral change.  My pursuit is not entirely altruistic.  Yes, I would love to be able to educate and encourage others, but this is also about me.  I have stopped drinking Diet Dr. Pepper ("for good, this time") more

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Free Parenting Advice

Parenting advice is often given liberally and freely by well-meaning relatives, friends, and sometimes even strangers.  When you are having an issue with your child (potty training, sleep, tantrums, or anything else) it is difficult to know who to listen to or where to start.  In this post, first I

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Attractiveness and Self-investment

Next week I am offering a lunch-and-learn called "Successfully Single: In and out of relationships", but I think I should have titled it "Attractiveness and Self-investment".  I am not sure how many people want to be "successfully single", particularly this month when our collective attention is focused on love and

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Love Languages Revisited

Sometimes we social worker types in Work/Life forget that other people don't use phrases like "love languages" with the same ease that the typical SAS employee might talk about "data-driven customer experience."  In Work/Life we are kicking off a February series on relationships, so I wanted to take a moment to tell

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New Year Intentions

Happy New Year from your Work/Life Team! Lisa here.  I don’t really do “resolutions” in January, but I have set an “intention” before and loved the way I was able to focus my thoughts and behaviors around it.  Part of why an intention works better than resolutions for me is

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LGBTQ Teen Dating #worklifelove

In our Work/Life Relationship series we are trying to offer something for everyone.  I thought a light-hearted blog of funny dating stories from LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) teens would be a good addition.  This year W/L will be doing more educational offerings around parenting LGBTQ kids and

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Selfies and Parenting

  “Omg, Mom, people are going to think you actually look like that!”  My 16 y/o recently got a Facebook account (apparently passé for teens in US but not in Europe and as her circle expands…).  So, now she has a front row seat to my (apparently embarrassing) selfies.  It’s

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