Blissful Family, Blog, Education, Family Management, Parenting

Multiple Intelligences: How Is Your Child Smart?

Growing up I was often considered a gifted and talented kid. I excelled in math and science. I won my school spelling bee two years in a row. I received the Presidential Physical Fitness award at the highest level. I was first chair flute in band. I was even permitted to join the choir a year early based… Read More Multiple Intelligences: How Is Your Child Smart?

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Dear Michelle Gregg – This Needs to Be Said

Dear Michelle Gregg Ever since I read about the incident with your family at the Cincinnati Zoo, I have had strong feelings. You see, I am from Cincinnati; born in Bethesda Hospital and raised in Silverton. Attended Silverton Elementary School – in its old location, not the one in the middle of Silverton Park. And… Read More Dear Michelle Gregg – This Needs to Be Said

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Kids Summer Wardrobe for Every Personality

It’s time to pack up the winter clothes and pray that something in your kids’ summer wardrobe still fits. But if your children are like mine, growth spurts come just because all the clothes you have are one size too small. And don’t bank on being able to pass down items from an older sibling to… Read More Kids Summer Wardrobe for Every Personality

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Helping Your Teenager Manage Stressful Situations

Parenting through the transition from adolescence through puberty is an emotional rollercoaster.  There are so many changes happening to a child in this phase of life. Physical changes are the most obvious and the ones parents often give the most attention.  It’s rather difficult to ignore the odor of a teenaged boy’s room. Social changes are… Read More Helping Your Teenager Manage Stressful Situations

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Not So Happy Birthday: Challenging Blended Family Dynamics

I’ve got to be honest. Today is a bit bittersweet for me. Today is my son’s birthday. As most of you know he is my bonus child; I am not a fan of the Stepford label. When he came to live with Harold and me in 2003 I officially became a mother. I thank him… Read More Not So Happy Birthday: Challenging Blended Family Dynamics

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Blended Family By Alicia Keys Explains It Perfectly

I grew up the youngest of 4 children in a blended family.  In fact, all the brother/sister pairs in my generation of extended family were formed by blending families. I was in college before I knew it was considered “not normal.” In the 80s the term blended wasn’t widely used; we were just family. When I made… Read More Blended Family By Alicia Keys Explains It Perfectly

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10 Conversation Starters Besides “How Was Your Day”

Each day on the ride to and from school I try to engage my girls in meaningful conversation about their day. Like most parents, I want my kids to know they can come to me to discuss anything at any time, and I work very hard to establish that expectation. I also want them to… Read More 10 Conversation Starters Besides “How Was Your Day”