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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.

Who is teaching whom?
Who is teaching whom?

Oh my gosh, I think I’ve got it all wrong! My “why” that gets me and up working every day is to help parents be the best version of themselves so their children get to grow up in secure, loving homes. It’s all about the parents serving the children well. Or so I thought. But this thinking […]

Parenting teens is challenging
Parenting teens is challenging

It was a typical drive to school with my 15 year old today. We started off pleasantly.
Then I started running through my checklist of things he needs to get done. Trust me, this is NOT his favorite mom-activity.

Calm Parenting
Calm Parenting

Before I had kids, I always pictured myself as a calm, loving, happy, and nurturing mother.
I was sometimes. I still am sometimes.

From Fear to Love
From Fear to Love

I’ve been thinking…. As a therapist, one of my greatest joys is bearing witness to my clients finding their voice and feeling what they feel. I help clients listen to their inner wisdom and have the courage to honor their longing for peace, calm, joy, and playfulness. I am guided in this work from a […]

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

There are times when a parent has no clue what to do. This especially happens when our innocent babies and precious toddlers become willful and defiant ‘tweens and teens. Kids capable of making choices out of laziness and disregard for their parents.Poised, charming 23-year old Annie sat on the couch in my counseling office today […]

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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Protecting Your Daughter on the Internet
Protecting Your Daughter on the Internet

After several discussions about the dangers of giving out any personal information on the Internet, Mom designed her own secret email address pretending to be an older boy. To her amazement she was able to contact her own daughter, who not only gave out her personal...

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How Nana Nixed the Naughty Word
How Nana Nixed the Naughty Word

Little kids can be clever. It's fun to make them put their brains to work. One mom told me her son had gotten into the habit of using an unacceptable phrase. All her lecturing and punishing didn`t work. Then he made the mistake of using it while Nana was babysitting....

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Some Thoughts on Parenting With Words
Some Thoughts on Parenting With Words

Those familiar with Love and Logic know that we're big on kids learning life's critical lessons by making lots of affordable mistakes and experiencing the affordable consequences of such mistakes. We're not so big on trying to teach important lessons through...

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The Power of the Almighty Dollar
The Power of the Almighty Dollar

A dad shared this one with me: Each week his mother sends a letter and a dollar bill to his son. His son waits for those letters from Grandma with great excitement, and a little greed. The little guy loved saving those dollars. He counted and recounted them. Money...

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Training For Shopping
Training For Shopping

When Dan was little and went shopping with his mom, the words he heard most were "Don't touch!" When he became a dad and went shopping with his kids, the words he said most were"Don't touch!" It was frustrating to shop with his kids. They wanted to touch everything....

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School Success
School Success

I've lost count of the number of phone calls I have received from frustrated educators telling about a student who appears to have no motivation for schoolwork. When I ask about the child's home life I often hear that the family is in turmoil, or that the child has...

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Giving Choices Can Be Fun!
Giving Choices Can Be Fun!

I almost always do a lousy job of giving choices when I'm tired, frustrated, and trying to think of them on the spot. Are you like me? I've seen how much smoother life becomes when I give appropriate choices...but for some reason I get out of the habit. Someone gave...

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