Help with Organizing and the Importance of Finding Your Pause Button

You want to be the best parent you can be. However, if you are buried in clutter, or blowing up at your kids, you can’t be your best. That’s why last week I kicked off the Great Parenting Show with interviews with Marla Cilley, the organizational expert better known as the FlyLady, and Hal Runkel, …

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Living with Irreconcilable Differences: The Choice to Minimize or Maximize the Impact on Your Kids?

I read the other day that Larry King and his wife were filing for divorce, citing “Irreconcilable Differences.” That was yet another reminder to me to write this post about living with irreconcilable differences . I realize that some couples exist who have melded enough to not feel that they have any irreconcilable differences. Gay …

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Confessions of a (Sometimes) Workaholic and Perfectionistic Mom

If you caught my interview on The Parenting Summit, or you’ve read my blog for awhile, you know I am a recovering perfectionist. I love helping other parents reduce their perfectionism because this has been such a healing and joyful journey for me. I get to share with you the many techniques that I’ve learned …

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Does Motherhood Make You Smarter?

Excerpt from her article. …[W]hile fatherhood is seen as a steadying influence in a man’s life, something that makes a man if anything more reliable, motherhood is still too often assumed to be the point at which women lose the plot. For those who have never felt comfortable with women in positions of influence, motherhood …

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Sibling Rivalry and The Power of Parents to Diffuse It Through Patience and Vision

Patience is natural to those who trust. ~ Course in Miracles I have this quote on my bathroom wall. This morning when I saw it after the kids had left for school, I reflected on how much my dramatic increase in patience over the last decade, has improved my parenting and family life. Instead of …

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Earning Dessert – Guest Post by Dr. Dina Rose, Food Sociologist

I can’t remember ever meeting a mom who didn’t (sometimes) make her kids “earn” dessert by eating spinach – or at least by eating two more bites of it. And with Halloween coming up, the temptation to offset the candy-tide will be even stronger. I understand the rationale: we want to make sure we get …

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