Communication, Current Events, Marriage & Parenting, Parenting, Relationship Management

5 Ways Parents Can Help Children Manage Emotions

This 2016 Presidential Election was highly emotional for our family. Olivia and Alexandra were both very interested and involved in the progress of the presidential election. Olivia had a school project following both candidates, their platforms and policies, and even analyzing the debates. Alexandra was studying US History at the time, and the structure of… Read More 5 Ways Parents Can Help Children Manage Emotions

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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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3 Lessons Donald Trump Can Help You Teach Your Kids

My girls were very interested in the 2016 presidential election. We watched the debates, listened to morning radio commentary, and Olivia even had a project for school. Alexandra’s school had a parent gathering to discuss concerns regarding the volatile nature of the campaigns and how it was impacting our children. No matter who you supported,… Read More 3 Lessons Donald Trump Can Help You Teach Your Kids

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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”

Communication, Relationship Management

5 Tips to Have a Great Relationship All Year

Valentine’s Day (Weekend)has come and gone. And the rush of flowers, cards, candy, dinners, and dates with it. Harold and I don’t really do Valentine’s Day. One year we spent our evening enjoying the  Kentucky Opera’s presentation of the timeless classic Romeo and Juliet. Followed by the drive through at Wendy’s. For us, it was a good… Read More 5 Tips to Have a Great Relationship All Year

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Do Your Children Know You? How Well?

There’s a “copy and paste this or you’re not a part of the cool crowd” post going around on Facebook where parents are asking their children questions about themselves. I don’t usually give into fads, but I thought this would be a playful way to find out what they really thought of me. The idea… Read More Do Your Children Know You? How Well?

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Effective Communication with Your Entire Family

Effective Communication is the foundation of every relationship. Healthy relationships are often marked by open, honest, caring, effective communication where each party clearly understands and attempts to meet the other’s needs. Every communication contains five basic elements: a sender, a message, a channel, a receiver, and feedback. Because human nature is complex and full of… Read More Effective Communication with Your Entire Family