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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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When Parents Disagree

This is an issue I hear about from parents all of the time.  Sometimes the disagreements are small, and sometimes they are very significant.  As your child ages, the stakes become even higher when parents can't get on the same page.  Here are a few common ways that parents find themselves

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Separation Agreements

This blog is the 3rd in our series on separation by Lisa Angel of Rosen Law Firm. Can the court order a separation? Yes, and this is done via a divorce from bed and board which is a court-ordered separation of the parties.  The parties remain married until an absolute

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When are we Legally Separated?

Many people are often confused on how to file for separation in North Carolina.  Every state has different laws related to separation.  This article is intended to make the process of legal separation easier to understand for NC residents. A couple becomes legally separated on the date that a husband and wife move into separate residences

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Being an Ally

June is PRIDE month and there are lots of cool events at SAS and in the community that you can attend to celebrate and learn and have fun.  In this blog I am going to share some tips on being an ally-- not just in June, but all year round.

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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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