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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 Easiest Way To be a More Positive Parent 

If your family is  anything like my family, you’ve found out that long lectures and “motivational speeches” are really not making your kids do anything more than yawn and wait to be excused. There is a better way to motivate your kids and promote positive thinking my friends, and it’s easy, but it does take… Continue reading The Easiest Way To be a More Positive Parent 

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11 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Becoming a Stepparent

To many, becoming a stepparent would be out of the question. But to many others, when the love for a partner and the kids is so great, you don’t question your love, you solidify it. My journey as a stepparent probably sounds the same as many others. Stepparents are widely portrayed as evil, self-serving people… Continue reading 11 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Becoming a Stepparent

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If at First you Don’t Succeed: Try. Defining. Success.

Will there ever be a time in our parenting journeys when we can indefinitely say, “I did it right!”? Many of us parents perpetually worry if we’re doing things right, all. the. time.  As a parent, there never seems to be a shortage of people who suggest there are proper ways of doing things, and… Continue reading If at First you Don’t Succeed: Try. Defining. Success.