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Mindfulness Can Save Your Child’s Life

We live in a fast-paced world. A world where deadlines, appointments, routines and the clock can rule our lives. The mornings can be especially difficult if you are a parent. We must ready ourselves and our little ones to face each day within a small window of time. We must fight traffic, drop off our […]

Would Your Parenting Pass the Scrutiny of a Video Camera?

“To err is human; to forgive, divine” – Alexander Pope I think people need to remember that parents are human. We are going to make mistakes. We are not always going to make the right choices.  We will be distracted and our children will fall. We will leave a bag of candy within reach and they will eat themselves sick. We […]

Why Are We Over-Scheduling Children, Weekends?

This weekend my children participated in a combined six sporting events, a birthday party, and team pictures. And believe it or not that was the toned down version of what was originally planned. It was supposed to be seven sporting events, two sets of team pictures, and two birthday parties, but conflicts and a sick […]

Trust Your Instincts to Protect Your Children From Predators

I am a fiercely protective Mama bear. I insist on holding my children’s hands when we cross the street. I keep my eyes on my children at all times in public places. I do not like them to play in the front yard without an adult present and my younger children have never had a […]

Do Your Children Save Their Best Worst Behavior For Home?

Is your child a terror at home, but a complete angel in public? Do you wonder why your child always devolves in a puddle after entering your house? Perhaps your child is a “House Devil, Street Angel.” Out of my four children, one is always testing my patience. For the first four years of his […]

Inflexible, Unrealistic Parenting Rules Pressure Parents

Yesterday, at my son and daughter’s tee ball game I had the pleasure of meeting a lovely first-time mother. This parent, while obviously devoted to her nearly six-month-old daughter, is the prime example of what happens when you read too many parenting books written by “experts” (I warn against this in my post Stop Over Thinking […]

Stop Over Thinking (Over Reading) Parenting

34,711. This is the number of books on parenting that appears when searching on Parenting advice books are a big business. So are their online counterparts, with dedicated websites, blogs, and message boards telling you how to put your baby to sleep, how to discipline your child, how to tell if he or she […]

All Parents Suck (Sometimes)

Have you ever been embarrassed by your child’s screams in a crowded restaurant or store? Did you ever sink to bribery, or hollow threats in order to get a little cooperation? Did jealousy creep in when a friend’s child the same age or younger did something your child still hasn’t mastered? Have you ever bought […]