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Five Ways to Stop Preschool Drop Off Separation Anxiety (Yes, They Really Work!)
Five Ways to Stop Preschool Drop Off Separation Anxiety (Yes, They Really Work!)

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If you’re raising “that kid,” hang in there
If you’re raising “that kid,” hang in there

This kid that made me want to pull my hair out is now the grown-up kid who makes my heart sing. Sometimes the most challenging kids to raise turn out to be incredible adults. If you're raising "that kid," hang in there. Don't give up. They're worth it. ...

Mom: High Achieving and the Hazards of Being One
Mom: High Achieving and the Hazards of Being One

Are you a high-achieving mom? Did you work hard and get good grades in school? Or do you go after your goals and expect to achieve them? Are you committed to being a good mom? As well as willing to work hard? I know your type. It’s a blessing and a curse at the same ...

Can you really force your child to behave?
Can you really force your child to behave?

Forcing your child to behave may seem like the best approach now, but what happens when you develop a pattern of needing your child to behave for you to be calm? You then give your child tremendous power. They now have a bit of control over your emotions. ...

Ugh…I just need a break!
Ugh…I just need a break!

Do you want to guess how many unused spa gift certificates I have laying around somewhere? Most days, it’s just unrealistic to slip away for a half-day or more. But, hey, I’d be happy to go to the bathroom uninterrupted. ...

Is happiness a choice?
Is happiness a choice?

Many of us are in the hustle and bustle of life and haven’t intentionally sat down to think about what joy and happiness looks like in our relationships and parenting. ...

Please take good care of my boy
Please take good care of my boy

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Part One: Happy Family Evenings Start with a Check In
Part One: Happy Family Evenings Start with a Check In

Evenings can sound so lovely … family dinner, playtime, baths, stories and cuddles. In many households, however, people don’t quite feel like they’re “livin’ the dream.” Quite the contrary, in fact. ...

What to Do if Your Kid Leaves Dirty Dishes Laying Around
What to Do if Your Kid Leaves Dirty Dishes Laying Around

Poised, charming 23-year old Annie sat on the couch in my counseling office today and told me a brilliant parenting strategy that her dad pulled on her when she was a young teen. ...

25 MORE Things to Do in Colorado with Kids
25 MORE Things to Do in Colorado with Kids

In this second installment of “Things to Do With Kids in Colorado (that you might have forgotten about)” we’ve made another great list - and have included ALL NEW “ day bundles” - ideas of how to make one adventure into a day of fun. Just look for the words “Make it a Day!” under each listing to see suggested, tested, and approved places nearby, that wouldn’t necessarily warrant their own trip, but offer a seamless flow into lunch, picnic, and more activities. ...

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Dear Kerry: “My 13-year old Can’t Stand Me”

Dear Kerry, I am in a really hard corner of parenting - my 13 year old daughter, who I have loved and adored since the day she was born - cannot stand me. Everything I say is met with eye rolls, every request I make is countered with a snarky "Why don't you do it?"...

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Dear Kerry: “Sick of all the Whining”
Dear Kerry: “Sick of all the Whining”

Dear Kerry, My 12 year old son whines constantly and it drives me absolutely crazy. It's almost like it's his default way of speaking. I don't want to constantly berate him - but I am not sure how to curb the whining? Sick of All the Whining Dear Sick, For better or...

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Dear Kerry: “Toddler Full of Pasta”
Dear Kerry: “Toddler Full of Pasta”

Dear Kerry,My daughter is 2.5 years old and refuses to eat anything but the following: cheese, pasta, cheerios, milk, and bread. I have tried everything - being encouraging, being stern, offering "dessert", talking, early bedtimes - nothing works! When I put something...

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Dear Kerry: “Pregnant and Full of Tears”
Dear Kerry: “Pregnant and Full of Tears”

Dear Kerry,I am on my second pregnancy, and I am finding myself so much more emotional this time around. Perhaps it is the sleeplessness or raging hormones - but I can (and do!) cry at the drop of a hat! It’s not because I a moment is especially sad or happy - it just...

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No More Hassles Over Picking Up Dirty Socks

Dirty Sock Dilemma After a long and tedious day I finally started to wind down, hours after I had hoped to.  I started to head to bed only to find a heaping pile of filthy clothes, shoes and socks, right in the middle of the family room. I wanted to scream. I wanted...

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Jude Keeps the Church Offering
Jude Keeps the Church Offering

Jude (6) confessed to keeping part of his offering out of the offering basket at church.  Dad was initially mad. But then he decided to make this a learning opportunity and help his son develop conscience rather than create a pattern where he simply feared...

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Standing Up to Teen Defiance
Standing Up to Teen Defiance

Siblings and rivalry go hand-in-hand so it’s no surprise that 14 year-old Preston taunts and pesters his younger brother, Kyle. Recently, Preston refused to stop pestering his brother and was provoking him by throwing things, hassling him and doing anything he could...

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