Wait…we have woodchucks in the living room?  How did that happen? And what does it have to do with chores?

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Identity – it’s a hot topic these days. Stolen identity. Fake identity. Missing identity. How’s yours?

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Fear – somethings my daughter Lily does can cause that and challenge my wisdom as a parent and my skills to become the solution. Lily: Remember the shiny silver jingle bell you let me hold? Me: Yes. Are you done with it? May I have it to put it away? Lily: Probably not. Me: Why […]

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I think I got a reminder to listen to a child a little more often. Although eyes and bugs are rarely found in the same conversation, we did experience that combination the other day over the dinner table. That conversation with my daughter went like this: Lily: Mom? Me: Yes? Lily: I know why gnats […]

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Communication with Kids can sometimes be tricky. This has become our springtime ritual on school mornings: Lily: Mom? Me:  Yes? Lily:  I don’t have to wear my coat today, do I? Me: Why would you think that? Have you checked the outside thermometer? Lily:  Yes! It says 80! Me: No, it actually says 30. And […]

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What’s a Great Parent? I can tell you what it isn’t. My children and I got into the van late. Again. We raced out of the driveway, headed to town, 16 miles away for a doctor’s appointment. I glanced in the rear-view mirror to confirm that everyone had seat belts on. Locking eyes with the […]

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Before we get into the serious topic of sibling abuse, we want to offer you a free tip sheet on “Five Things Successful Kids Know About Bullying.” It’s FREE. Download it now and get it into your teens’ hands before they need it. Click the button and let us know where to send it. Five […]

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Take My Breath Away (Or Knock the Wind Out of Me) The Difference is Resiliency A vivid childhood memory involves a bicycle and a sunny day, ingredients for a carefree summer afternoon in my hometown in Ohio.  I recall sailing down the sidewalk on my new, beloved green Schwinn bicycle. Who knew I would come […]

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It had cooled down to about 80 on the patio and Lily wanted to play “restaurant.”  She put on her skates, grabbed a tablet and pen and skated around “taking orders” from make-believe people.  Very soon I will be reminded that I am parenting strong-willed children. Me:  I think I will  stop for a cold […]

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Little People Land was interesting last week.  We thought we might be looking at some loving discipline for a few minutes when this happened: Little Person:  I am going to leave. Me:  Leave? Little Person: Yes, run away. Me:  Oh.  Well, I will miss you terribly. Little Person:  I am going anyway. Me:  That makes […]

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