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Mar
04
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Now that Madison, my first-born, is fifteen, some of the rituals we shared when she was a toddler are beginning to fade in my old age. Last weekend, though, she reminded me of one. Madison was babysitting our neighbor’s three-year old, Chloe; and Chloe asked Madison to read her story after story. “After the tenth and final book,” Madison told me, “instead of saying, ‘The End’, I said, ‘The Chooka-Makah’. Chloe asked me what I had said. I really had no idea. Where did that come from?”
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Mar
02
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It used to be said that it took a village to raise a child.  But, not every parent shares that village view anymore, particularly when it involves disciplining other people’s children.  Whether you’re dealing with a playdate-gone-bad or a step-child who is crossing the line, remember, it’s OK to set limits and ask others to abide by them.
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Feb
23
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As a parent, you want nothing but the best for your child. It’s important to you that your child develops healthy friendships, has a memorable school experience, and achieves their goals and dreams. Providing meaningful opportunities for your child and celebrating their accomplishments goes a long way towards raising their self-esteem and confidence. There is, however, another vital element that can literally make or break whether your child moves forward in life or not: the “success mindset.”
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Feb
18
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Those that follow my blog are aware that my oldest child, and only daughter, passed away in a motor vehicle accident in 2004.  The days that followed are not ones that I want to remember; but as a survivor of that horrific accident, they are burned into my memory.  That February morning, I woke with three happy, healthy teenagers; by noon, I had only two.  That was my reality.
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Feb
16

I can remember my early days as a newly qualified teacher, when I would try to address inappropriate behavior in the classroom.  Frequently, I would attempt to maintain discipline by entering into “win-lose” situations.  After attending several behavior management courses, I found that it was far more effective to adopt a positive behavior management model.
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Feb
11
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I wear many hats in a day: sister, friend, confidant, colleague, and educator.  And although I wear my educator’s hat for over eight hours a day, I always place my most important hat on first: mother. This is the hat that keeps me grounded, empathetic, sympathetic and always assessing what is best for my child—and for 900 other children.
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Feb
09
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As soon as I discovered that I was pregnant with my son, it seemed like there was a whole world of decisions that had to be made.  None of these choices were to be made idly; in fact, it felt as though every single one of them would have a huge, life-altering impact on my son and his future.  As if that were not overwhelming enough, it seemed like there wasn’t a clear-cut, “right” answer that everyone could agree on.
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Feb
04
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Here we are, about a month into the New Year. Did you make any resolutions? How are those coming along? If you are like a lot of people, you start off really strong out of the gate. You keep up with the changes until something happens that sends you back to pre-New Year behaviors. Maybe you have a stressful day and the chocolate cake looks just too good to pass up. Or maybe you burn the midnight oil one night too many and you just can’t get yourself motivated to go to the gym one morning. It doesn’t take much to derail the best of intentions. Making changes, while oftentimes necessary for our health or emotional well being, is also more than a little difficult. I find this to be especially true for parenting resolutions. You know, those promises we make to ourselves on January 1, or any other time throughout the year, which involve becoming a “better parent” that we just can’t seem to stick with for longer than a few weeks. Part of why I think change of any type has limited success is because we often try to change too many things at one time.
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