Is Good-Enough Parenting A Good Enough Goal?

The child-rearing principle of consistency, where you stick to the rules and follow through with consequences, makes a lot of sense. But because it’s so hard to live up to, this parenting rule is a source of guilt for many parents. Children ask fo…

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Is It Ever Okay To fight In Front Of Your Children?

One example of when fighting in front of children might be necessary is when one parent isn’t exactly his/her best self. On one hand, parents don’t want to disagree in front of their kids. On the other hand, silence isn’t automatically better than…

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What To Consider When You’re Considering Divorce

When to stick with a relationship and when to accept that it really is over is a life-changing decision that impacts the whole family. If you and your partner decide to split up, it’s a choice you’ll want your children to one day understand. That’…

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How To Help Kids Deal With Divorce

The wish to spare children from painful feelings is a wish most parents can identify with. We hate it when our kids suffer. And it’s even worse if we’ve caused the suffering. Divorce shakes up a family and there’s no getting around that. Guilt, lo…

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Why Is Saying No So Difficult?

We want our kids to have great childhoods. We want them to find their passion, to excel at something they enjoy doing, and to have experiences that build confidence and self-esteem. We want them to have friends and have fun. So when something unpl…

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Why Do You Feel So Guilty?

The first step in dealing with guilt is to think more clearly about it. Is your guilt the normal everyday kind that comes up when you over-react or are late but are feelings you eventually recover from? If so, welcome to parenthood! If it’s more t…

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What Makes Being a Mom So Difficult?

Guilt is an unavoidable emotion that plagues the spirit of most conscientious moms. There are so many demands on mothers. When we fall short of our own expectations or experience our own shortcomings, we feel guilty. Raising children is stressful …

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It’s a Good Time to Re-think How You Think About Money

Political posturing aside, no one has formulated a solution that will cure our individual money problems any time soon. So, it’s a perfect time to ponder the meaning money has played in your life and to consider what you would like to teach your c…

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10 Tips for The Holidays

1. No guilt trips: Using guilt or manipulation to lure children or family members back home only adds tension to the holidays. The “if you loved us you’d be here” approach, whether stated or implied, doesn’t create warm family memories; it undermi…

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Divvying Up the Chores

In spite of how equal women feel or how politically correct men are in regards to women’s issues, generally, women still do more at home than men do — not always but usually. Therefore, it’s a common issue for couples to fight about. My experienc…

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