The Unblog Post – Commitment to Family

Reaffirming my commitment to my family, I didn’t publish a blog post that I had spent hours writing. Recently a family member went through a difficult patch because of a health issue. I am being extremely vague, because of my commitment to my family. This is a very brief explanation

Why Aren’t My Kids Listening to Me?

Why aren’t my kids listening? It’s a question that I get all the time. A parent asks a child to do something, come (for dinner, a bath, or homework) and the child continues playing. S/he  doesn't even acknowledge the request, as if the request was water sliding off a duck’s back. Why

Tips for Parents from the Classroom

I went to a teaching seminar today called Responsive Classroom. It is a teaching method that believes in building a teaching community that helps students understand the importance of self regulation to create a positive, calm and safe classroom environment. This is accomplished through enlisting the cooperation of  students rather than

Making A Difference

As usual, I’ve been reading the news and every time that I do, I vow that I am not going to do it again. Everyday there are more horrific stories about abuse and cruelty. It sometimes seems like the world has gone insane. There are times that I feel physically

Seven Proven Ways to Help Moms De-stress

It’s not that you don’t love being a Mom. But the constant demands, one meal after the next, the piles of wash, keeping everyone and the house clean (and often working as well), can eventually lead to stress. This can bring even the most positive Mom into the doldrums. So what’s a

The Most Precious Gift We Can Give

When I was a kid I saw the fancy ads for shiny, expensive toys; the play kitchens, the doll houses, the larger than life toys that all the kids wanted. But I never got them, not one of them. In fact, I had to give my parents all the money

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