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A Right to Play

Last night, my cohorts in my women’s group were talking about the busy-ness of this time of year.   How can we get ready to celebrate Christmas if we’re so bogged down with “gottas” and have little time for “wannas”? … Continue reading

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Over the River, Through the Woods, and Into Dysfunction? No, Thank You, Not Me!

Several years ago, I started telling my family that I’d made other plans for Thanksgiving. It was true. My plans were to avoid my family on the holidays. I simply could not abide the squabbles, the nagging, the insults, the … Continue reading

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The Campaign’s Over; What Did We Tell the Kids?

During lunch yesterday (Tue., 11/6/2012), we were talking about how glad we were that election season was almost over.  I’m delighted that I don’t have to watch the mud-slinging between candidates for several offices.  On many recent evenings, we’ve found … Continue reading

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My Essential Parenting Wisdom: “Instead”

(following was presented at the global conference Parenting 2.0 Talks, on August 17, 2012) In 1991, my son Chris was almost 8; Kate (then insisting she was KaTIE) was 5. Armed with my Master of Social Work degree, I was … Continue reading

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One Sick Puppy…

Have you needed to talk with your children about death?  How have you handled these types of situations?  What’s worked and what hasn’t? Mr. Magoo (one of our dogs, aka Googoo) needed to be put down this morning.  When I … Continue reading

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Was it My Eyes that Were Examined?

           “We will always learn what we have chosen to teach.  ‘Ideas leave not their source’ which is why we are always a part of God, and why our ideas are always a part of us.”  ~ Marianne … Continue reading

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Helping your child develop self-discipline

Many experts debate whether or not to discipline or punish children.  I wish more parents were equally concerned with raising a child who has integrated self-discipline. Here’s the thing, I’m overweight (we won’t go into numbers, now, will we?) and … Continue reading

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The Charles Schulz Philosophy

(Disclaimer:  I took this from an email I received; I did NOT write it.  However, I like it so much that I want to share it with you and this is the only way I know to do it.) The … Continue reading

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Children, families and holidays — a musing

Yesterday, I baked traditional Christmas cookies.  My sister invites everyone in my family.  I was joined by my sister, her daughter, my daughter and her beloved, two of my brothers, one sister-in-law and nieces/nephews. Baking these cookies is something I … Continue reading

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Habits/values adolescents need to have in order to manage money

It’s my philosophy is that it’s easier to help toddlers develop habit than adolescents. That’s why I center my practice on soon-to-be and young families. AND I am delighted that human abilities include the capability to change. With that, I’m … Continue reading

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Conscious Awareness, Part II

“Integrity is the sound follow through of your heart, and an important part in the process of manifesting what it is that you aspire to…  Don’t lie to yourself and to others, follow through. Complete yourself. Expand your consciousness.” ― Will … Continue reading

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Conscious Awareness? A True Confession

“You cannot change what people say, think, or do.  But you can change the way you react to it.” ~ Corina Kinsmore; Entrepreneur, Marketing Professional, Personal Development and Success Education Mentor, Lifestyle Coach; Victoria, Australia I preach planning and measuring … Continue reading

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Ten Ways to Help Your Child Develop Self-Discipline

Last week, I led a discussion at a back-to-school brunch on self-discipline.  Sometimes parents don’t realize that things we do lead our children toward adulthood.  Following are ten tips that are especially helpful. Teach your infant/toddler to respond when you … Continue reading

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Encouraging Cooperation

Wherever there are two or more people gathered, there can be a difference in opinion.  How we handle the differences is important and an amazing thing to observe.  Cooperation is a cornerstone for living in a civilized society and part … Continue reading

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Humans don’t do nothing

When I studied early childhood education, I learned that telling a child “Don’t…” leaves the child with uncertainty.  But being directive (“Do…”) guides the child.  So, I learned to substitute for “Stop running!” with “WALK!” repeated until the child heard … Continue reading

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My philosophy: “Instead”

If you want your child to be the best he or she can be, be your child’s mentor — not adversary.    Be an active parent, set goals and consider parenting a full-time job. Some of us have been fortunate enough to … Continue reading

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“Ask for What You Want”… great post

Check out: http://powerchicksintl.posterous.com/private/ditenjqgzz my friend, Lynn Baldwin-Rhoades, is an amazing marketing guru and social networker.  She’s been an inspiration to me and I’m delighted to know her!

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Loved this! “How to Comfort a Crying Woman” from WikiHow

Men can be baffled by women’s explanations of how they should react to something they see as a simple problem that will eventually solve itself without their intervention. Yet, how wrong this assumption is! If you’re a man who desperately … Continue reading

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Can a parent spoil children with Christmas presents?

I’m a parenting coach and expert in childhood development.  I also have a 28 year old son and 25 year old daughter.  If your budget allows for several hundred in gifts, that’s wonderful. There are 365 days in a year … Continue reading

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Quote for September 7, 2010

“If you don’t think you’re a winner, you don’t belong here.” ~Vince Lombardi “If you think you’re a winner, you can be one!”  ~Melissa Pazen Attitude is very much a part of where we go.  One of my clients had … Continue reading

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Quote for September 4, 2010

“It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before…to test your limits…to break through barriers. “And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the … Continue reading

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Quote for August 26, 2010

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”   ~Mario Andretti (born 1940);   … Continue reading

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Quote for August 17

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you will not see the shadows.” ~Helen Keller Helen Keller was certainly an inspiration to us all!  I remember watching Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft in The Miracle Worker.  I’m not sure if … Continue reading

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Today’s Quote

“I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true — hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.” ~Ray Bradbury … Continue reading

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On Today’s Quote…

I was working with a client earlier this week who has been trying to get ready to take a licensing test.  Or at least, that’s what he  said he wanted to do.  But he never made time to study and … Continue reading

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Quote for August 13, 2010

“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” —Louis L’Amour (1908-1988); Author

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Speaking Engagement: Aug. 23 @ 6:30 p.m.

I am scheduled to address the Tri-Cities Unemployment Group (TUG) on Monday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m.  The speech title is “Who’s in Charge Here?” The meeting is free and open to the public.  TUG meets at 1145 N. Fifth … Continue reading

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Today’s Quote

“Changing the world is good for those who want their names in books. But being happy, that is for those who write their names in the lives of others, and hold the hearts of others as the treasure most dear.” … Continue reading

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