Tag: communication

What Beverly Cleary Meant to Me

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Growing up, I loved reading. My mother was always reading and made sure that I grew up with that same excitement. One of my...

Children and Apologies: An Important Conversation

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Whether you are a parent, grandparent, teacher, or caregiver, I can almost guarantee there have been times that you may have lost your temper...

Weapon Play: How to Address It

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We all know the scene: our children are running around pointing sticks or Nerf guns at each other shooting, attacking, and killing each other...

Keeping in Touch Across the Miles

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One of the interesting things that I have discovered since moving to Portland is that so many of the other parents I meet while...

Do What Works Parenting: Discipline

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This is part of our Do What Works (DWW) Parenting Series. To read the rest of the posts in the series, click here. Parenting is fraught with...

Ghosting? Nope. It’s Called “Motherhood”

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A few weeks ago, I sent a text message to a friend with a few questions about an upcoming gathering. A couple of days...

The Importance of Spending Intentional Time with Your Children

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It is 2:30 p.m. The door flings open as my three older children rush into the house in a frenzy. Backpacks, shoes, and socks...

A Groundhog Day Tradition

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Groundhog Day is a special holiday for my family, with a memorable, fun tradition from my childhood. The telephone would ring several times before it was...

Finding Humor in Being a Mom

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Humor is a wonderful tool for coping with challenging situations, diffusing arguments, asking your kiddos to pretty please do their chores, or reminding your...

Talking to Your Kids About Others with Physical Differences

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My youngest son, Oliver, was born without his right hand. We adopted him from China when he was ten months old, so he is...