“You’re Not My Parent!”

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Essential Tips on Surviving Step-Parenting and Blended Families Nothing cuts to the core of a step-parent’s heart than hearing “you’re not my parent!” Parenting is hard, but when you become a step-parent it’s a whole new level of parenting. You may agree to help raise someone else’s child, or your new spouse may agree to raise your child, but in … Read More

Step-Parent Roles

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Who are you to your step-children? It is only natural you would want your step children to love you, respect and obey you. It is also only natural you might feel you have no right to their love, respect or obedience. The only thing you may be certain of is you feel out of place and uncertain of what your role … Read More

Are You Equipping Your Teen to Survive?

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Turn on the news and most likely the stories you hear will include school shootings, bullying, sexting, car accidents, burglaries, and/or other types of acts being committed by teenagers. What has our world come to? Are you sending your kids to school with backpacks and tablet covers that are bulletproof? Is your teen having to carry a clear backpack, exposing … Read More

2018 – Talk To Your Kids, Communication is Key

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Communication is Key It’s a new year and a new beginning for you and your children. This year, make a commitment to talk to your children more. Communication is key with children. Try the tips below for a healthier relationship with your children: Be available. Start conversations by sharing instead of asking a question. Find time each week for a … Read More

Tips for Successful Co-Parenting

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Tips for Successful Co-Parenting Parenting is a joy, and something we do simply because we love our children. In a perfect world, it would also be easy. Unfortunately, things can get complicated – especially when we are co-parenting our children with an ex we don’ get along with. There are, however, many tips you can put to use that will … Read More

Reading People: Body Language

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Body language is the meaning behind the words or the “unspoken” language. Surprisingly, studies show that only up to an estimated 10 percent of our communication is verbal. The majority of the rest of communication is unspoken. This unspoken language isn’t rocket science. However, there are some generalizations or basic interpretations that can be applied to help with the understanding … Read More

Step Parent Q & A

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The question came from Judy in Iowa: Q: I’m about to become a step mother to three children, but I don’t have any children of my own. What advice can you give me to help me with this transition? A: Judy – first of all, congratulations on your impending blended family. Many people cannot handle the thought of this type … Read More

Something to Ponder

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This has been a round for a while, but it is definitely worth sharing. Please take time to read: SOMETHING TO PONDER: George Carlin   George Carlin’s wife died early in 2008 and George followed her, dying in July 2008.  An observation by George Carlin: The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter … Read More

The 4-1-1 on Surviving Teenhood – Release date 10/31 at 2pm EST

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It is finally done and ready for you! Information for both parents and teens to help navigate the issues our teens face today. Pick up your copy on Amazon.com on Wednesday 10/31 starting at 2pm. Make sure to stop by and let me know what you think!

Teens and Discipline

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We are all thankful when our child ages out of the toddler tantrums, but the tantrums aren’t over yet. You now have the teen terror and teen mean. The teen years aren’t unlike toddlerhood; your teen will test his boundaries. Adolescents thrive on the balance of caring and positive discipline. Teens have difficulty respecting a parent’s authority. Suggestions on discipline: … Read More