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What To Do About Lying

Why Do Teens Lie? Kids lie for all sorts of reasons. My teenage daughter once said to me, “kids have to lie mom; otherwise we can’t do what we want.” During adolescence, parental feelings and preferences just aren’t as important as they were when …

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10 Relationship Tips

Commit to listening to and thinking about what your partner has to say. Listening without being defensive is an important skill to develop. Remember that hurtful words have long echoes. Protect your relationship even when you are both furious. Exp…

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Childhood Isn’t Something To Get Over

Many of us want to deny the significance of what happened when we were young. Others want to believe that we can “get over” any problems we had as we were growing up. The truth is childhood is an important part of who we are and it affects how we …

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What’s Bothering You?

June 10, 2011 Parenting books offer what seems like sound advice regarding the complexities of child-rearing: Get the kids on a schedule. Be consistent. Don’t give in to tantrums Know where your teens are and whom they’re with. Wouldn’t it be wond…

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Hatred Feels Awful

June 1, 2011 The Casey Anthony trial has prompted tremendous curiosity. Stories about her apparent lack of concern over Caylee’s disappearance inflamed our sensibilities and led people to judge her – just what kind of mother behaves this way? Ther…

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Got Guilt?

May 15, 2011 Guilt is an emotion most of us are familiar with. We feel guilty for all sorts of reasons. It crops up when our children need attention, but we have work to do. After a long day at work or a day with the kids we’re tired. Some days we…

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Feelings Aren’t a Sign of Weakness; They’re a Sign of Life

May 3, 2011 How do we cope with the overwhelming emotions of parenthood? It’s not just letting go (see previous posting) that’s difficult. Holding on is pretty tough too. Our kids try our patience. We must put their well-being over and above our o…

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Letting Go

One of the heavy responsibilities of parenthood is the responsibility to keep our children safe. To feel accountable for my children’s lives has been daunting for me. Whether they were learning to walk or to drive, starting kindergarten or college…

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