Recently a parent asked me this question:  “I was recently playing a game with my son and he got very upset when he was losing.  I even caught him cheating during the games we played. How should I handle his angry outbursts when he loses a game – should I let him win (not my…

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Life Lesson #1: Family is more important than an Olympic gold. When Canadian Alex Bilodeau won gold in the freestyle skiing event, he first hugged his brother who has developmental delays. He only agreed to be interviewed after he celebrated with his brother. In an earlier win, Alex shook hands with the Canadian Prime Minister…

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I don’t know about you but my kids find it hard to relate to pilgrims. With Wi-Fi, smart phones, apps, microwaves, cars and jet planes, it’s a little hard for them to relate to foraging for food for days, living off the land and sewing their own clothes. In fact, Thanksgiving may be their least…

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Which of these sound familiar? No matter how much Maria does for her child, she never feels like she does enough, “No matter how hard I try, I’ll never be the parent I want to be.” Bob constantly compares his home and income to his neighbors, “I wish I could give my kids more.” Pat…

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Transitions happen every day in your child’s world and September, like no other month, is a time of transitions for your child. Starting a new grade. Getting a new teacher. Learning new classroom rules. Adding more homework. No matter what the transition, you can expect an added level of stress as your child adapts to…

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Getting out the door on time in the morning is a headache for all parents with children. The kids are tired, they don’t want to cooperate, and they’d rather watch cartoons. In the meantime, our heart is racing, we’re tensed up, and we may raise our voice from the stress of leaving on time. Let’s…

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It’s easy in the summer to let bedtime slide a little later. School starts in the next few weeks, however, and your child will have less difficulty with the transition ( i.e. will be less crabby and better able to focus at school) if you begin scaling back bedtime now. Adequate sleep is an important…

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A common thread among moms I’ve been meeting is STRESS!! A working mom tells me she just can’t handle it all. She’s exhausted. A stay-at-home mom tells me she can’t get a moment’s peace. She just wants to get away from it all. Another mom is stressed because her kids aren’t listening to her and she’s…

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My father was a man of few words. He drove me to school in the morning for 12 years and I can only recall a handful of conversations we had in roughly 2500 car rides together. One thing my father felt very strongly about, though, was hard work. He worked six days a week as…

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A few years ago I was at a New Year’s Eve party and a mom told me her 13-year-old was on an “elite” soccer team and they competed across the country. I asked her, “Aren’t there good enough soccer teams in the Midwest they could play?” and she said, “No, there aren’t. We have to…

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