Parenting Kids

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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Start a New Weekend Tradition: Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

July 2, 2014
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When I think of comfort, I think of the Saturday morning pancakes my father made throughout my childhood and adolescence and occasionally into my adulthood. At first it was chocolate chips and whipped cream, then, as I aged, oatmeal-laden cakes rich with bananas, blueberries, and flax seed for my health. I went from pancake syrup […]

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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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6 Ideas that “Serve Us” in Service

June 25, 2014
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My youngest child is about to graduate from high school and although it is a melancholy time for me and my whole family it got me to thinking about all the ways in which my life and our lives as a family is also ending in one area and about to take flight in other […]

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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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