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A new kind of Mother's Day

As a child I made and bought my fair share of cards for my mom to celebrate her on Mother's Day. When I had any money I would buy her something, no matter how small, as a token of my appreciation for the work she did for me. I embraced these…

How we speak to our Children Really does Matter

Our words are important. They are powerful. How you use them can create a sense of peace and calm or divisiveness and shame. When talking to my children I not only see them as a vital part of our family, but I also see them as independent beings…

But Mom! When Disagreements Happen

Disagreements with your children will happen. It's not a matter of if, but when. The question really is, will you be ready? And I don't mean ready as in: You will have all the right answers. You will walk away the victor. You will prove…
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Getting out of the Way

We parents like to help. It's what we do. When our children are struggling we feel compelled to assist, direct, or support. Sometimes, all this 'help' is counterproductive and inadvertently sends the message that you don't trust your kids to…
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Stop the Insanity- Spanking is Abuse. Period.

This situation with Adrian Peterson is shedding a HUGE light on a problem that has been raging in our families for entirely too long. We all know this isn't anything new. Many of us have been the recipient of some type of physical punishment…

When things get physical

This morning, the kids got into an altercation that ended with the oldest storming off and the youngest in tears. I saw what led to the heightened emotional reactions and wanted to press pause about two seconds before it went down, but alas,…

Understanding limit pushing

"Respecting children means understanding their stage of development, not reacting to their age-appropriate behavior as if they are our peers." If you believe children are 'out to get us', that they are misbehaving just to make our lives…
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Violence Towards Children

A beautiful blog post from The Organic Sister. She is unapologetic in her call to stop the oppression that our society still embraces towards our smallest and most defenseless citizens- our children. Read this through--from beginning to end…
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The Sunshine that Caused a Poop Storm

During times when my kids' reactions seem over the top or uncalled for in my grown-up opinion is precisely when I need to remind myself to stay calm, to trust and to be gentle. I'm sure many of you can relate. Below is a little episode I wish…
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Radical Honesty

Radical honesty. Ever heard of it? Me neither until I found this fascinating drama on Netflix, Lie to Me. Tim Roth is the lead guy. He plays an entrepreneurial psychologist whose firm is hired by various entities to determine who and possibly…