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Power Struggles While Sheltering In Place

Power Struggles While Sheltering In Place

Dear Susan, I am just plain worn out over getting my six-year old to do the simplest things like brushing her teeth or putting on her shoes. Why can't she just say, “Okay, Mom” and get with the program? Why does she have to put up a fight about every single thing I...

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How Do I Stop Sibling Rivalry?

How Do I Stop Sibling Rivalry?

It's natural for children to feel frustrated when big sister takes the last cookie, or little brother touches their "stuff." Not only do brothers and sisters compete with one another for a parent's attention, they sometimes simply argue out of habit. But when siblings...

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Family Mission Statements

Family Mission Statements

If you embark on a sailing trip and your destination is a thousand miles Southeast from where you begin, it won't be a problem if you sail directly South for a while. You may even be able to get away with sailing Southwest for a bit. But if you don't course correct...

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Calming Tips for Parents During Social Isolation

Calming Tips for Parents During Social Isolation

In his book The Survivor's Club, author Ben Sherwood says that when faced with a challenge, people unconsciously scan their memories to call to mind whatever they did the last time they encountered something similar, in an attempt to use previously successful...

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Talking With Kids About Coronavirus

Talking With Kids About Coronavirus

Most of us are comforted by the predictable and the known. We get a little wobbly when life presents us with challenges we don’t feel prepared to handle. Children are no exception. Although they’re built to be adaptable, they can easily worry when faced with something...

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We don’t send wilted plants to time-out…

We don’t send wilted plants to time-out…

Not long ago, my husband planted a beautiful jasmine in a flower bed with an Australian Leucadendron. The spot was perfect for the jasmine, which is doing very well. It loves the location and happily soaks up the water we deliver regularly. But the once-thriving...

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Getting Your Kids To Say ‘OK’

Getting Your Kids To Say ‘OK’

Lately, my kids fight me on everything -- whether it's doing homework or helping clear the table. They know they have to do these things, but they still argue and give me a hard time. Why can't they just say “OK” when I ask them to do something? Stop for a moment, and...

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The Destructive Effects of Constructive Criticism

The Destructive Effects of Constructive Criticism

My mother insists on giving me what she calls constructive criticism. She thinks it's her job to tell me everything I'm doing wrong. For instance, when my three-year old whines, my mother gives me dirty looks and later lectures me on how I need to be more strict. I am...

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