The ‘Reality’ of Social Media

When I first entered the world of personal social media I felt a lot of pressure.  First and foremost because I was lagging way behind.  Most people I knew had accounts for years and were experts at posting amazing tidbits of their adventure-filled lives.  Secondly, I thought I had to showcase the myriad of talents

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Take a Moment

As a stay-at-home parent I have steered clear of the so-called ‘Mommy Wars’.  Parenting is hard enough without expending energy into judging the choices of others or opening myself up to other people’s judgment.  I believe that we are all in this together.  However you decide to parent, you have your reasons and I trust

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The Do-it-Yourself Project

Sometimes I wonder if my kids wish I had never learned to read.  I am constantly reading books about parenting and ways to improve our family life.  I then go into lengthy lectures about how best to apply the principles I’ve learned or, at least to start a conversation.  Mostly I get a ‘that’s nice,

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Turning Negative into Positive

Bullying is a part of any school environment.  The best we can do as parents is teach our children how to handle themselves when inevitable bullying situations arise.  I remember the first time my oldest son, then in kindergarten, made his first remarks to me about a boy in his class that had said some

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Your Kids Will Praise Your Honesty

We all do it.  We praise our kids for their smarts, their athleticism or any other various achievement that they conquer.  How much praising is too much?  Is there such a thing as over-praising?  Do our words of encouragement help them succeed or hinder their motivation?  In the book ‘NurtureShock:  New Thinking About Children,” authors,

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