Wake Up Laughing

July 29, 2011

Gotta a story to tell… I wrote to my congressman and senators the other day – furious and fed up about the polarized partisan absurdity going on in DC over the debt ceiling and budget woes and us teetering on the brink of a downward spiral towards national bankruptcy and international economic collapse.  Good times. […]

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A Few Good Men

June 14, 2011

It’s June, and for some of us, that means graduation time – a time of traditions and transitions.  I’ve had the distinct pleasure and honor of traveling life’s journey with some really fun boys over the years who have developed into some really good young men. Many of these boys have been clients who have […]

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Your Tweens and Friends – Part 2: Stepping Up

May 27, 2011

Last week we set the stage for how to help your pre-teen make smart choices for their budding friendships.  This week, we look at the other half of the battle, which involves ongoing supervision and involvement in your child’s activities. As always, just the right balance is called for here.  You will probably not succeed […]

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Your Tweens and Friends – Part 1: Tuning In

May 20, 2011

Parents often worry about their children’s choices of friends, especially as they enter the pre-teen and early adolescent years.  We wonder, will my child have any friends, the right kind of friends, who will they be, and what will they be doing?  How will I know if my child’s getting in trouble, hanging with the […]

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The 7 Dimensions of Wellness for Moms

May 7, 2011

“If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.”  It’s Mother’s Day weekend, and how better to celebrate than to recognize this old truism.  For a family to function and thrive, it needs a mom who feels well, does well, is well.  Of course, we double our chances of a happy, healthy family if dads join in […]

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When Your Child Makes A Big Mistake

April 29, 2011

We’ve all been there: “We all make mistakes.”  It’s easy for us to say those comforting words – to be compassionate and forgiving – when we see someone else’s kid really mess up.  But how do we handle it when it’s one of our own?  With the same loving kindness and wisdom? We do all […]

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Hope Springs Eternal

April 22, 2011

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t 
have to see the whole staircase. 
 Just take the first step.” 
- Martin Luther King Jr. This is the quote that greeted me this morning when I logged on to my iGoogle home page.  I’ve seen it many times before, and always find it inspirational and […]

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Taxes, Education, and Kids, Oh My!

April 15, 2011

It’s tax day – a day to pay our bills for the services that we as a society value the most and wish to receive. I mean, we elect the public servants that we think will best represent our interests in balancing private rights and public needs.  We ask our elected leaders to use our […]

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The Busy Parenting Quiz

April 10, 2011

Nearly every parent of school-age kids nowadays feels they’re busy.  This world pushes information and demands on you 24/7 and pulls you in umpteen different directions. But how busy is too busy?  How would you know?  Are you living a fulfilling life or an overly full one?  Take this quick quiz to see what your […]

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Setting S.M.A.R.T. Expectations

April 1, 2011

“How do I know if he’s capable or not…?  Is it that she can’t do it, or just won’t…?  What should I expect?” Parents I coach agonize over how much is too much to expect from their child, whether they’re adding too much stress to their child’s life, or selling them short and letting them […]

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