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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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