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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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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.

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Don’t Make This Mistake
Don’t Make This Mistake

Do you ever find yourself trying to hide what’s presumptively “wrong” with your kids or your families? If so, Oh Honey, believe me when I say...you’re not alone. Perhaps you have a screaming, whining, demanding four-year-old.  It’s so common for parents to go...

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I’ve gotta confess…
I’ve gotta confess…

Have you ever been annoyed with the younger version of yourself who made life decisions early on that are now a pain to live with?  Our younger selves have such a huge impact on our education, our geographies, our career paths, our partners, how we’re willing to...

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Sometimes we’ve gotta call BS on ourselves
Sometimes we’ve gotta call BS on ourselves

When I look in the mirror, I see wrinkles and puffiness around my eyes, sun spots, and barely existent eyebrows. I see jowls in the making and the neck of an older woman. Despite these physical manifestations, I love being in my 50s—and I don’t want to spend time or...

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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.

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Introducing Athena McCullough!
Introducing Athena McCullough!

Nervous about starting therapy? It’s expected—especially since counseling can seem scary and daunting! If you’re considering therapy, you may be thinking about all the possible drawbacks. But if you’re willing to do the work, I believe therapy can be rewarding. It’s a...

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

We parents all want our kids, when they’re teens, to be able to come to us with their struggles, don’t we? And we want to feel close when they’re adults? If so, then much of parenting is about preparing kids for their adolescence. If they learn when they’re little...

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Preparing Kids for the Real World
Preparing Kids for the Real World

Last week, I talked about how we cannot force our children to behave any more than someone can force us to drive the speed limit, pay our bills, or show up to work on time. Yes, there are consequences if we don’t, but can anyone really force us? Does that mean we have...

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