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A Screen-Time Plan for the Summer

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. Summer Break! But I only seem to hear kids singing that song and not parents. Summer can be a wonderfully enjoyable time of year as a parent, IF you set yourself and your children up for success before summer even arrives. In our digital age, screen time…

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no more power struggle

The Secret to Ending a Power Struggle

How many times do we find ourselves in a power struggle with our kids? What can we do to end them? I was thinking about a client I coached once who had an ongoing battle with her daughter about food that was causing both of them a great deal of stress, not to mention the…

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Sitting in the Discomfort and Trusting Our Kids

“Remember, you have a baseball game Friday night at 7pm.” “Mom! Can’t I skip it? I already made plans with my friends!” This is how the conversation began with my teenage son the other night. I had a feeling he would not be happy about having a game on a Friday night, especially since he…

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Thoughts on this Mother’s Day

As I get older, I find that this holiday is ….. a complicated one. When I was a kid, Mother’s Day was easy. I had a wonderful Mother who cared for me deeply and each year on this day, I would celebrate her. It was fun and made me feel good to honor her and…

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I’m baaaaack! And a special offer….

Hello dear readers, After a brief writing hiatus, I have returned to my roots, sharing my ideas with you and learning and growing together. I wanted to relaunch my blog with a story AND a special offer (keep reading)! A few weeks ago, my now 12-year-old daughter begged me for “fake” nails. I tried them…

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A Christmas Story

Earlier this year, my neighbor (friend) and I went to lunch at a diner in the next town over when we became aware of this homeless man sitting in the corner booth. After inquiring about him to the waitress, we discovered that the owner of the diner allows him to sit in the corner booth…

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Thoughts on Compassion, Understanding and Dealing with People Who Mistreat Us

On this quiet Sunday, I found myself with the recently-rare opportunity for downtime. With my downtime, I read Brené Brown’s Rising Strong, watched two episodes of Oprah’s Belief Series with my very spiritual daughter, and even took some time to write. Here is the page I came across in Rising Strong: “I should win the…

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Belief

I just have to share…here are some highlights of the hour-long conversation that my 10 year old daughter (aptly named Faith) and I had after this first episode of Oprah’s Belief series tonight. She has always been an old soul and a deep thinker. She asked many questions while we watched, and when the show…

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Last Night, I was Hit by a Drunk Driver

I WAS HIT BY A DRUNK DRIVER LAST NIGHT Yes, you read that right. I was hit by a drunk driver last night. Thank God I walked away without a scratch, but needless to say, it was pretty scary. As you know well by now, I tend to write through my experiences in order to…

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Finding the Gratitude

A time such as this with the repeated violence around schools in our country and elsewhere in the world, I cling to gratitude even more. I just finished walking my dog through our neighborhood before I get ready to speak to a group of parents with Sue DeCaro this evening about conscious parenting. I felt…

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