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Posted on April 3, 2011 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I forget how not normal we are.

With the youngest two kids gone for the evening the remaining five of us took advantage of the quiet quieter house. (Keep in mind our family refers to itself as a Tribe for a reason!) We tend to move through this life as one big herd unit (much to my tweenagers dismay).

That's why when some of us are gone we take advantage of it cease the moment.

That was the ...

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Chocolate & Conversations

Posted on March 22, 2011 at 10:51 PM Comments comments (0)

I have a PhD.........in playing.

I've been leading playgroups and parent child activities for 12 years and without any doubt, babygroup is my favorite of all the activities I have the pleasure of hosting. It's as much about "mommy time" as it is the babies! Today's group didn't disappoint.

We began discussing the frustration we feel now that our babies are turning into busy toddlers.

"My kid is into every cabinet! She found my chocolate stash!" one mom complained "...

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Watch What You Ask!

Posted on March 21, 2011 at 3:31 PM Comments comments (0)

Just because you are a grown up doesn't make you right.

A small child was in trouble at school recently. It was obvious as he was sitting, head hung, feet swinging in an oversized chair in the office.

My heart always breaks for these kids. Especially the ones who are repeat offenders. This is precisely why I didn't go into social work by the way - my heart can't the misjustice of a child. Remeber Jurassic Park, by chance? I walked out of it. Not because I was scared, I was mortif...

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It's NO Balancing Act

Posted on April 29, 2010 at 1:31 PM Comments comments (1)

as published in Aoril 27, 2010's Daily Review Atlas

 

I hate the word balance. It’s a four letter word to multi-taskers like me. Who told us it was our responsibility to keep everything in order and furthermore, why do we believe it? The sun rises and sets just fine without any help from me. The universe lining up is not contingent on everything, er, anything I do. I think we really need to get over our selves.

 

I meet parents everywhere who ...

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Parent Boys, Girls Differently

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

originaly appeared in the Review Atlas (www.reviewatlas.com) on Tuesday, April 20, 2010

 

There is a vast difference between men and women. We look, behave, act and even smell differently. Endless books have been written on this subject some indicating we've come from separate planets. Recognizing and appreciating these differences are mandatory if you expect to have successful interaction with the opposite s...

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Choose Your Words Wisely

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 6:34 AM Comments comments (1)

Posted April 13th, 2010 in the Monmouth Daily Review Atlas www.reviewatlas.com

 

 

Parenting is much easier said than done.

 

We say the kids will get a time-out if they “don’t straighten up”. We threaten to never take them out for a kid’s meal again and we promise they will “get it” if we have to pull over the car.

 

You and I both know...

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A Delicious Dilemma

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 8:42 AM Comments comments (0)

originally posted in the Review Atlas (www.reviewatlas.com) on April 6, 2010

 

I eat my children’s candy.

 

I admit it. No matter the holiday or occasion, when they aren’t looking I finger my way through their stash until I find my favorites. Currently, we have five overflowing baskets full of chocolately goodness. I am in snitch heaven.

 

We have a prominent plac...

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Praise vs Encouragement

Posted on March 25, 2010 at 11:32 AM Comments comments (0)

as seen in my weekly opinion contribution in the Monmouth Daily Review Atlas:

 

 

Monday I was sitting in a room full of livid early childhood educators. The workshop for continuing education was explaining the harmful effects of praising children.

 

Praising...

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Taming the Temper Tantrum

Posted on March 9, 2010 at 12:43 PM Comments comments (0)

as seen in my weekly Parenting column for The Daily Review Atlas (3/9/10) www.reviewatlas.com/opinions

 

By Stephanie Sikorski

Daily Review Atlas

Posted Mar 08, 2010 @ 07:21 PM

 

Why are the terrible twos so terrible? Two words: Temper Tantrum.

Whether you are a first time parent or a grandparent, a child in a full-blown temper t...

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