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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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Who is teaching who?
Who is teaching who?

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...

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A Helpful Tip from My Therapist
A Helpful Tip from My Therapist

December is probably THE BIGGEST MONTH for parental stress and over-doing it. But this business of raising children is a marathon, not a sprint. What if you can create traditions that are fun AND calming? What if keeping yourself in a good space matters as much as all...

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Is Balance in December Possible?
Is Balance in December Possible?

One of the FAQ’s I’m being asked these days is about how to stay in balance. December is always intense for those of us who set ourselves up with endless expectations related to the holiday season. Confession: I am one of those. I do it out of ❤️ for my peeps and my...

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The Empty Chair – Thanksgiving 2020
The Empty Chair – Thanksgiving 2020

Thanksgiving 2020. I have to inhale. Pause. Exhale.  So much to be grateful for.  So much to grieve.  This year as my kids gather, I have a deeper, more profound sense of gratitude than ever before that we and our loved ones are healthy...

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Seeking Common Ground
Seeking Common Ground

During the stress of today’s election, I think back to when I was a young social worker who co-founded a non-profit called Seeking Common Ground. Teenage girls came together from a wide range of religions, socio-economic statuses, races and nationalities. These...

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An Important Life Lesson My Bike Taught Me
An Important Life Lesson My Bike Taught Me

My bike crash happened in slow motion. As I went down, I had an extensive internal chat:  “Argh, those people I wanted to pass were so slow!” "Why can’t I get my feet out of these clips?” “I hate having my feet clipped in!” “Dang it, I’m going to crash. I could get...

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Shout out today to great fathers!
Shout out today to great fathers!

There are so many of you. You are great in such diverse ways. Some of you are no longer with us but your good fathering lives on in your children. Today, I celebrate dads and the positive impact you have on the young people you are parenting ... along with the other...

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Parenting teens is challenging
Parenting teens is challenging

No matter who you are 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. He calls it “nagging." He got...

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