The Rules of Manners

I believe in good manners.  I believe that what you give is what you get.  If you can offer respect and kindness to another, you are more likely to get respect and kindness in return. Through the years I have struggled mightily to teach these concepts to my boys.  When they were very young, they

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Having a Mindset for Success

By now, school is back in full swing.  With it comes the relief of a structured schedule, but also the demands of learning.  Some kids will rise to the occasion, and others will have some setbacks.  If you are like my kids, it’s a little bit of both.  As I am faced with where they

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Fear vs. Fate

The world can be a scary place.  What makes it even more frightening is that you have to send your kids out into it every day.  You’re not even allowed to go with them most of the time!  With the start of the school year, they have to figure out new schools, teachers and schedules

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The Dog That Rescued Me

Last summer, I wrote about the passing of our thirteen-year-old Bichon-poodle named Kisses.  While this loss was painful, it was an experience of growth for our family.  My boys learned about how to grieve and I learned how to step back and let them.  We weren’t in any rush to add another dog into our

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Exercising Your Right to Self-Care

Our physical health is a cornerstone of our overall well-being.  As a parent, it is so easy to put the focus on our kids and as a result, our self-care often suffers.  One of the most important things you can do for your health is exercise.  Over the years I have found the best way

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