My Mind Is My Weapon

This weekend, I came face-to-face with the realization that teachers make a huge difference.  I am stating the obvious, but sometimes we need reality to slap us in the face, lest we forget. It has been a busy few days…

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Habitual Parenting

The older I get, the more I realize how important the role of rituals play in parenting.  It’s true.  We are all creatures of habit and I believe the early interactional patterns parents establish with their children can be a…

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Don't Make Me Laugh

Ah, yes.  One day I will look back at this and laugh.  So, why can’t that be today?  Ever find yourself just a wee bit frustrated, while those around you (usually children) are terribly amused?  Of course, this only adds…

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The Road to Interdependence

Relationships are complicated, and interesting all the same. It seems when interacting with others, we dance between periods of dependence [I need you] and independence [I need to do this myself, so step away]. Of course, our ultimate goal is…

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Lighten Up

Feelings are normal – and what you do with those feelings can say a lot about both who you are as a person, as well as what you value. When stressed, people often say and do things they shouldn’t. This…

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Teacher-Dads

Dads, today I celebrate you as teachers. In fact, I believe it is one of your most important roles. Fathers are always teaching, mostly by example, and most of the time without even knowing they are doing so. In this…

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Be The Filter

Although this should be of no surprise to you, be aware your children are being exposed to quite an array of real-world behaviors. And these behaviors are quite different from the ones you encountered at their age. This became apparent…

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Figure It Out

Now that summer has hit, we have the perfect opportunity to teach our children a critical life skill: Problem-Solving. As I told about 300 kindergarten students in the last few weeks: “Adults are not always going to be around to…

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