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The Way We Think About The Homeless Is Dead Wrong

This isn’t a rant about how to fix homelessness. It’s also not about me playing the role of a martyr. I’m no stranger to rolling up my window when approached by panhandlers - although doing this has made me question my own compassion. I’ve ignored people on the streets by avoiding eye contact. In my… Continue reading The Way We Think About The Homeless Is Dead Wrong

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4 Things to Think About As You Plan Your Summer…

With all the excitement and hype leading up to summer, sometimes summer turns into a sit-around-the-tv fest, a sugar-fest, or bugging-the-parents-till-they-cave fest. To prevent your child’s mental decay and falling off the progress bandwagon, while also allowing your kids to be kids, this list is prepared to help you and your kids become the best… Continue reading 4 Things to Think About As You Plan Your Summer…

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Parenting Survival Tip: Be A Soul Survivor 

When we become parents, it’s like we expose our single most vulnerable parts of ourselves. Our Achilles’ heel. The parts of us we so routinely and deeply protected from harm’s way — our weaknesses — all seemingly become exposed and unravelled when we enter the parenting gig. That’s why when our weaknesses and various vulnerabilities… Continue reading Parenting Survival Tip: Be A Soul Survivor 

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Parent Shaming: Vaccinations

If anything is perfectly clear about today’s vaccination topic, it’s that shame culture in the parenting world is alive, thriving and doing more than well.  Before I get started, let me get off my soapbox and share a little secret with you. Did I vaccinate my kids? Yes. Have I been filled with anger for… Continue reading Parent Shaming: Vaccinations

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5 Tips to Compartmentalize Life’s Messes

At the best of times, life is messy. At the worst of times, that mess seems to invade every space of our conscious and unconscious minds. Yes, there is still beauty, even in the worst of times. But when life is going to crap in so many areas, it becomes increasingly hard to identify life’s… Continue reading 5 Tips to Compartmentalize Life’s Messes

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Parenting Survival Tip: Create (Healthy) Boundaries 

The lack of rules, law and order is complete and utter chaos. It’s anarchy, people! A home without clear-cut boundaries is also chaotic, unhealthy and plain old stressful! Boundary-setting is so important for creating structure, comfort and calmness and it can be done in an “authoritative” style or “democratic” style. Here are some suggestions for… Continue reading Parenting Survival Tip: Create (Healthy) Boundaries 

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Parenting Survival Tip: The Importance of Communication 

I’ve always believed a words can change the world. “I love you,” can change the way we feel. “You’re so talented,” can build a person’s self esteem. “Don’t do that,” can define boundaries. The power of communication, coupled with consistency, is transformative.  Many times we think people are thinking something and until we hear otherwise,… Continue reading Parenting Survival Tip: The Importance of Communication 

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Why Moms Should Read Morin’s ’13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do’

Amy Morin took the Internet by storm when she published an article, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. As a therapist, a professor and author, she aims to improve the lives of people of all backgrounds, and she's caught many people's attention. Upon a suggestion from my goodreads.com account, and her very high ratings… Continue reading Why Moms Should Read Morin’s ’13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do’

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 Six Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming “Mom” 

Even before I became a parent, I was determined to be a good parent. The type of parent that always, without a doubt, puts her kids’ needs above her own.  Too many of us define what it is to be a good parent before we are parents! No wonder we sometimes disappoint ourselves when we… Continue reading  Six Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming “Mom” 

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The Rookie Parent Advantage

Many parents feel under-qualified to rear their own children, especially if it’s their first. But there’s an advantage to be a rookie, and here’s why.   Before my son was born, I had never even held a newborn baby. (That’s a lie, I remember holding my friend’s newborn baby for about two and a half… Continue reading The Rookie Parent Advantage