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Bazooka Joe

Bazooka Joe

I know it's been a while since I've connected so I'm hoping you've all had a good start to the school year. I know, new school year, maybe new schools, new schedules, all of that can really ruffle our feathers, both for our kids and for us. I know this school year so...

Parenting Challenges

Parenting Challenges

This is not a blog post meant to be critical or judgemental.  So many parents I work with appreciate hearing a different perspective about their child’s behavior. Hearing a different perspective helps parents understand a.) why they are getting triggered and b.)...

A Simple, Yet Not Always Easy Approach to Ending the Nagging….

A Simple, Yet Not Always Easy Approach to Ending the Nagging….

If you are a parent you have probably found yourself repeating instructions like, “clean your room”, “put your laundry away” and/or “feed the dog”.  And my guess is that each time we have to repeat ourselves, we are likely getting increasingly frustrated with our...

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

I was at the gym this morning for a really tough HIIT class (High-Intensity Interval Training) when I found myself saying, “Don’t give up!” I really did not want to slow down and take a break.  I hear myself say that when I’m running too.  I’ve run several...

A Covid Diagnosis

I feel like I kind of forgot about my child. On Sunday night, my youngest daughter started to feel some symptoms that seemed clearly to be COVID. So we did an at home rapid test, and it came back negative. The next morning, she still had symptoms so we did another...

Goodbye Summer, Hello School Year

Goodbye Summer, Hello School Year

It’s that time of the summer again!  Some have already begun school and some of us are just a few short weeks away. During the typical back-to-school season, both parents and kids struggle a bit with the looming expectations and stressors ahead.  This...

I Don’t Want to Be My Child’s Assistant Teacher Anymore

I Don’t Want to Be My Child’s Assistant Teacher Anymore

I don't want to be my child's assistant teacher anymore!I am their mother and I really enjoy that role.  As their mother, I tell them to pick up the clothes that are laying on the floor.  I tell them to clean their playroom.  I tell them to set the dinner table. ...

One Love: Black Lives Matter

One Love: Black Lives Matter

Like so many of you, I am heartbroken by the unjust deaths of our black and brown brothers and sisters.   Like so many of you, I’ve grappled with my own unconscious and conscious biases. Like so many of you, I’ve tried to wrap my head around what and how I...

Siblings During Quarantine

Siblings During Quarantine

Yesterday I took my youngest daughter out for a bike ride through town as we had to drop some things off to several friends.  My older daughter didn’t want to go so it was just me and the “little one.”  Shortly into the ride she said, “I’m glad to get a...

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