Category Archives: Parenting

Who’s Who in Your Family “Zoo”?

 Every individual person in every family has a unique combination of skills, aptitudes and interests.  And, in case you hadn't noticed, some of us are better than others at certain tasks.  Some kids understand math easier than others; some kids are … Continue reading

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Parents–Know thyself

Being a parent is full of successes and pitfalls.  Have you noticed?  Some days you feel like the "windshield" with power and purpose and sometimes you're sure you're the "fly" wondering how you got splatted.  There is something to be said for … Continue reading

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“No” & “NO!!!!”–

Two Important Learning/Teaching Parenting Tools

 Being parents who love our kids, it's hard to watch them be disappointed.  Even worse, when we see them behave down-right "devastated", our good-parent guilt usually rears up and we give in.  (Usually!..don't we?) The following video is of Dr. … Continue reading

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How good are you at saying “No”?

After a summer-time of saying "Yes" and "Maybe", can you get back in the groove of being the parent that sometimes has to say "NO"?  Getting ready to start back-to-school, kids often need to return to a regular schedule and … Continue reading

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OMG…what’s a parent of a teen driver to do?

A recent blog post at   My Feet Aren't Ugly  (funny name…really good info!), listed some really scary statistics.  Following are just a few: Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. 16 year-olds have higher crash rates … Continue reading

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Got Conflict? Keep your Ego out of it.

At any moment in a conflict with our kids, there are at least three (3) participants: 1) You, 2) Your Kid(s) and 3) Your Ego.  You know who "YOU" are…you are the person who is speaking or acting.  You know … Continue reading

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Do You Have the Confidence to “Just Say NO”?

What keeps you from "pressing" your kids to do what's good for them?  According to a recent article at Medline Plus CONFIDENCE is key.  It appears that parents who are more self-confident are most likely to implement and enforce changes in … Continue reading

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OMG! 10 Days without Texting???

OMG! Teens go 10 days without texting, tech–what'll we do with our hands???? According to the Today Show yesterday (5-18-09), a experimental challenge was accepted by 5 teenage high school students– " try giving up cell phones, computers, iPods and … Continue reading

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How to Deal With School Fights

    When kids are out-of-sight (at least out of the parent's sight), they have a lot to deal with when other kids start somethin'.  I've been following a very smart lady's publications about Anger & Anger Management…and I think you might … Continue reading

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Verbal “Hugs & Kisses”–Emphasize your Appreciation.

In my research on the internet, I found a great resource for parents:   The Parenting Resource Center .    Among the many articles about parenting you'll find listed, I thought "Verbal Hugs" by Maryanne Law was particularly valuable as we reach the end … Continue reading

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