Jackie Ramirez

Self-Esteem In Children: What Is Our Role?

July 29, 2014
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Most parents would never intentionally hurt their children, but unfortunately some do. Our self-esteem and what other people think of us are sometimes at the opposite ends of the scale. If I evaluate my worth, I take into account the volunteer work I do and how others value me as their friend, relative or acquaintance. […]

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The Incredible Mom-Hulk

July 3, 2014
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Parenting skills are passed from one generation to the next – unless the template is deliberately changed. My parenting life was spent anxiously trying to stay calm and not get angry. When I was mad I tried to prevent it from going into a full blown rage, sometimes over the most trivial things. Back in […]

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How Will This Kid Ever Make It In The Real World?

June 26, 2014
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In our Parents Anonymous Group we parents often wondered aloud how our children would ever survive in the real world: Will they be able to manage money? Will they learn to cook and clean their house? Will they manage to hold down a job? Will they get along well with others? Will they be able […]

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Mur: Think In Terms Of Ten Years

June 24, 2014
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We learn much about parenting from the people around us, especially those we love. My grandmother Mur was only educated to the third grade but she was one of the wisest people I ever knew. She raised eight children while carrying water from a stream to cook and do her family’s daily laundry. She lost […]

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A Father’s Day Message To Dads

June 12, 2014

Father’s Day is approaching once again with many looking forward to celebrations but for me, it is bittersweet. My parents divorced in 1975 when I was already an adult; while I was not happy about the news, I accepted it. I expected my relationship with each parent would continue separately, but that was not to […]

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Get Kids (Learning) Playing

June 10, 2014

Many parents look forward to children’s vacations from school but each summer also brings dread. What do you do when the kids finally utter the first ‘I’m bored’? Boredom can be so pervasive for kids during summer that they could almost taste it – and if they did, it would be similar to week-old socks […]

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