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Still a Grand Mother's Day

Posted on May 10, 2011 at 10:02 PM Comments comments (0)

(this article appeared in the 5/11/10 edition of The Review Atlas as a part of my weekly Practical Parenting series)

There is one thing that will kill every good Mother’s Day, or any holiday for that matter: expectations. I’ve learned to lower mine over the years and it turns out I’ve increased my levels of happiness by huge proportions.

Sure last Sund...

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A Letter to my Daughter (the article)

Posted on May 4, 2011 at 10:23 PM Comments comments (0)

(this article originally appeared in the May 3, 2011 edition of the Daily Review Atlas as a part of my weekly parenting series)

An Open Letter to my Daughter

 

I have been a certified parent educator for 17 years. I have been a parent for fifteen. The first two years of my career, needless to say were all theory and no experience. Probably not my best work. However, since then I’ve had five children. Whether or not this made me more credible as a parent educator i...

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Strategies, Guilt & Easter candy

Posted on April 27, 2011 at 2:37 PM Comments comments (0)

(this article originally appeared in the 4/26/11 edition of The Monmouth Daily Review Atlas as a part of my Practical Parenting opinion column)

 

When it comes to buying Easter basket candy I think there are three routes you can take. You can a.) buy the candy your kids like, b.) buy discounted candy in an effort to make your dollar last longer or c.) purchase your personal, favorite candy.

As I sit thi...

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Children & Choices

Posted on April 18, 2011 at 10:32 AM Comments comments (0)

(this article originally appeared in the 4/19/11 edition of the Monmouth Daily Review Atlas)

 

     Children absolutely need to exercise their right to make their own choices. But as a parent, I have the privilege, nay the responsibility, of limiting the choices made available to them. If left to their own devices I am not only certain my children would choose poorly, I...

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Building Language Skills

Posted on March 22, 2011 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

(this article originally appears in the March 22, 2011 edition of The Daily Review Atlas as a part of my weekly Practical Parenting series)

Much to every mother’s chagrin the first word her baby will probably say is “da-da”. Daddy’s ego is no doubt stroked with this initial jargon but what neither parent understands is that the “duh duh duh” sound is the first and easiest utterance all baby’s make. Sor...

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Learning from a Marshmallow

Posted on March 20, 2011 at 10:59 PM Comments comments (0)

(this article originally appears in the March 14, 2011 edition of the Daily Review Atlas as a part of my weekly Practical Parenting series)

We literally live in a culture that fosters getting any and everything we want fast, easy and free with little or no money down! It’s no wonder then that parents have a difficult time...

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Social Connection Good for Parenting

Posted on March 1, 2011 at 9:14 AM Comments comments (0)

(this article originally appeared in the 3/1/11 edition of The Daily Review Atlas as a part of my Practical Parenting series)

 

I recently took a personality test that revealed I am a contrarian. That is, regardless of what the majority thinks, I have the need to prove for myself what’s valuable. The entire world could overwhelmingly agree on any subject but initially I would be leery.

This is why I only recently jumped onto the Twitter bandwagon. That&#...

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Try the A.C.T. Discipline Method

Posted on February 24, 2011 at 10:08 AM Comments comments (6)

(this article orginially appeared in the 2/22/11 edition of The Review Atlas as a part of my weekly Practical Parenting series)

Picture a mother who is busy rushing around the kitchen preparing dinner for her family. She bounces frantical...

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Respect

Posted on February 14, 2011 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

(this article orginially appeared in the 2/15/11 edition of The Review Atlas as a part of my weekly Practical Parenting column)

 

You are probably at home, sitting comfortably reading this article. Imagine, if you will, that I am approaching you quickly and get in your personal space. I have my hands on my hips and a very stern look on my face. With a raised voice I say, “What do you think you are doing? How dare you just sit there! I am sick of this! I swear I just ca...

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Tales of the Tooth Fairy

Posted on February 7, 2011 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

(this article originally appears in the 2/8/11 edition of the Monmouth Review Atlas as a part of my Practical parenting series)

 

The tooth fairy must be getting old. It appears she has developed a severe case of short term memory loss. It’s really been quite devastating.

 

 

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