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Category Archives: Parent/child communication

A few parenting tips….


All of us have a few parenting tips…let’s share them this week! We all know that there is not an “official” parenting tip book…wouldn’t that be nice!!  But, in actuality, it is best for parents to develop their own “parenting book”.  Parenting your child is unique to you and your child.  Develop your parenting instruction …

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This Valentine’s Day, Commit to 4 Goals….


Commit to your relationships with 4 simple goals….. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Walking into Target, the aisles are full of pink and red and signage promising if you purchase this your Valentine will forever be yours! Yes, Valentine’s Day may be a marketing ploy more than a real day to celebrate love, …

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What is on your fall bucket list?


Fall can be full of fun family activities…what is on your fall bucket list?  This was a Love family tradition….a hayride at the apple orchard! Labor Day has passed, and that familiar feeling of “where did the summer go?” has come and gone.  Those autumn days are approaching and as much as I love summer, …

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No child is perfect…and that is OK!


No parent or child is perfect…and that is OK! We had a wonderful weekend celebrating the marriage of my daughter’s childhood friend.  I always cherish having all four of my children at home at the same time!  As Monday morning arrives, and college and budding careers claim my children again, I find my thoughts in the familiar place of focusing on my …

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Your Child’s Disappointments are Life Lessons


I will never forget standing next to our oldest daughter as her and my eyes searched the list of names of who made the “A” basketball team.  Her 7th grade friends were on the list….but her name was not.  I saw her shoulders slump and the tears come.  My heart ached as I thought about …

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Are the “Magic Words” still important?


Why is it that so often when you want your child to be on his or her best behavior…the most embarrassing things happen?  (Remind me to write about my son when he was 2 1/2 and dinner with our parish priest…long story)  Simply, because children are not born with manners…and the development of manners is …

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The “how to” of the discipline process


As promised, we will talk about the approach I like to teach when I speak to parents about discipline.   Remember our mantra:  “Attention is attention to a child whether it is negative or positive, attention to a behavior reinforces it!”  And  “Consistency is the key.” A few pointers to start: 1.  Set realistic guidelines. Know …

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Baby Sign…How do you start?


Teach your child sign…help him express his feelings!  The “I love you” sign can be used as a special sign for many years to come! How do you start? 1.  Familiarize yourself with signs through books, websites or other sources.  There are many resources on the web…don’t try to learn all the signs, you will …

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Parenting advice…a hindrance or a help? It can be both!


New parents will always receive advice…from many different people!  Don’t be too quick to judge, there are many “pearls of parenting” that you just might learn!  Parent with an open mind to advice, but make your own parenting decisions. I am slowly learning how to be a parent of  adult (adult? really?) children.  It is …

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Embrace every part of your child….including their temperament


A great combination of active and calm, distractible and intense, regular and chaotic, sensitive and tough, outgoing and shy, goofy and serious, and always love…multiple personality traits and a family better because of it! It isn’t very often that all of us are together for an extended time.  I am looking forward to a family vacation in …

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