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Worry

Worry Right?  Somewhere along the way I got the idea that worrying about my kids made me a good mom. Because only neglectful parents walk around blissfully

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Emotional Sainthood

Emotional Sainthood Seriously. Have you ever responded to bad behavior with bad behavior? I certainly have.  The other day my friend called me and said,

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better questions

better questions Sometimes, when there’s a problem, we ask the wrong questions. We ask: Why me? How could this be happening? What is going wrong

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talk to teens

talking to teens We need to teach our teens how to talk to adults, but adults also need to be considerate when talking to teens.

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the superbloom

the superbloom No good effort as a parent is ever wasted. Have you seen photos of the #californiasuperbloom? These are just a few photos I took

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mornings

Worry OK, don’t tell my kids about this post. • This photo shows a really happy morning in San Diego, but mornings can be so

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grateful

grateful One of my favorite sounds in the world is the soft rumble of the washing machine, the dryer, and the dishwasher all running at

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sleep

sleep CALLING ALL PARENTS: Sure, we all love the extra hour of sleep on Sunday due to the switch to Daylight Saving Time, but did

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patience

compassion Have you noticed that we simultaneously expect too much from teens and then treat them like they are little kids? • If you think

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talk to me

talk to me My friend Taylor tells an amazing story: A son came to his father and confessed that he’d been looking at pornography. His dad gave

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parenting

parenting When my oldest became a teenager I expected far too much from him, overreacted to small problems and didn’t have a clear plan for

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ski day

Ski Day What do you do when you have a jampacked day and your son asks you to go skiing with him for a couple

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Treat Yourself Right

Treat Yourself Right You’ve worked hard, you should treat yourself, right?  Do you find it funny that it feels wise to treat yourself with a handful

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The Happy Meal

The Happy Meal On Thursday, Mary, was doing math homework with her friend Cambell during lunch when Cambell complained she was starving and had forgotten

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ACT/SAT Test Prep Tips from a Family With Three Perfect Scores

Ask any of my kids their top school advice and they’ll respond, “Be kind. Be kind. Be kind.” Our schools are full of overstressed, overscheduled, lonely kids who shiver for a compliment or sympathetic word. Say ‘hello’ to people in the halls, seek out lonely students at lunch, take time to talk to friends who’ve had a bad day. A stack of awards and scholarships don’t mean a thing if you haven’t made your school a happier place.

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Lunch: A Love Letter to My Teen

Parents are constantly told all the things they SHOULDN’T DO for their teen — deliver forgotten homework, set alarms, fold laundry. But with so much emphasis on responsibility, are we forgetting compassion?

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