Parenting Means Working Together

Being a parent is tough. It's even tougher when you feel alone. Working together is key. Children will push limits. They will split you if they can. They know what they can get away with with each parent. You have to be on the same page. When a child goes to the other...

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Find Your Joy

What makes you feel happy? What lowers your stress level? What calms you down and makes you feel relaxed? . . Let me guess, you're not sure? Think of three things that make you smile. Here are a few suggestions, keep it simple: Coffee Dogs A fireplace The beach A...

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I’m Just Trying To Get Through the Day

When you are seventy years old will you be happy with what you did with your life? What if I asked you the same question today? Are you doing what really makes you happy? Do you have dreams and goals that you feel you'll never have time for? North America is on fast...

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Finding the Silver Lining When You Just Want to Cry

After reading Gabby Bernstein's book "The Universe Has Your Back" I've tried to reframe how I look at things. I used to get angry with the universe because it wasn't giving me what I wanted. I quickly learned it doesn't work that way. I started accepting what was...

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Be Clear With What you Want

We tend to talk TOO MUCH! We over explain. You have to go to bed because we have a busy day tomorrow. You have to go to school. If you don't go to school you'll miss too much school work, you'll get behind. What do you want your child to do? What will motivate them to...

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Find Your Calm, I Want to Take You on a Trip

I have created this mental imagery script just for you. Find a comfortable spot and read the story. When you are done, repeat it again in your mind. Let your imagination take you to the place that makes you feel relaxed and free. *** Close your eyes and imagine...

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Why Visuals Work

My visuals are not magic, they are a gateway to building independence in your children and teens. It will take time and patience. You will have to be consistent and open minded. Your children want to do well, they just need the right tools to help them. We only retain...

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Knowing My Love Language Changed Everything

I would prefer my husband to clean the kitchen (service) over bringing me home flowers (gifts). We tend to give love the way we want to receive it. Gary Chapman's book changed how I give love to those around me. It also changed how I ask for love. The chart above...

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What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self?

I love to do this exercise. It's good for all ages. It's a great way to reflect back and see how far you've come. It's a reminder of the times you thought you'd never make it, that nothing positive would happen or it was hopeless all together. What younger self would...

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I’m a child life specialist, a mental health professional, speaker, parenting expert, author, wife and mother.

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