Calm Parenting

Calm Parenting

Before I had kids, I always pictured myself as a calm, loving, happy, and nurturing mother. I was sometimes. I still am sometimes. I didn’t realize...

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Rowdy at Dinner

Rowdy at Dinner

I frequently receive letters and emails from my readers sharing their successes and failures as parents. While I prefer reading the success stories,...

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TGIF or TGIM?

Today my sister-in-law said, "TGIF!" I know some parents who may not say it out loud, but on Monday mornings, they're thinking, "TGIM!" That means...

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Missed the bus

This morning, I raced down the hill with my 5th grader only to watch the bus pull away. Late. Dang it. I smiled and waved as I passed all the good,...

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Just Say NO

Just Say NO

We don’t have to convince our kids that we have valid reasons for saying NO. It’s ok to "Just say no." Recent text stream between mom and 14 year...

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Blessings Box

Blessings Box

Ten years ago, when my children were young, we began a ritual that the whole family still enjoys today. It all started because I wanted to teach...

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