Summer is a time to relax and have fun, right? Or is your child overscheduled? Listen in to my interview on WCCO-TV to help you decide http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/06/05/good-question-are-all-planned-activities-good-for-kids/  and also take the “Is My Child Overscheduled?” Assessment here and tally your results. http://getparentinghelpnow.com/pdf/OverscheduledAssessment.pdf Then, I have a great article to help you plan your summer. “Surprising Secrets to a…

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We planned an idyllic spring break to CA in March. Before we even left home, however, our flight was delayed for two days and we had to get up at 3 am to catch our rescheduled flight. Upon landing, we drove for hours to reach our destination… Yosemite National Park. It was 6 pm, and…

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You may worry about your own identity being stolen but recent reports tell us that more than 700,000 children were victims of identity theft last year. One in 40 families will be affected by this, according to the Javelin Strategy and Research Identity Fraud Report. Thieves target children because the crime may go undetected for…

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For years, our youngest daughter has had to perform in dance recitals on Mother’s Day weekend so we haven’t been able to celebrate the day the way that we used to. Ideally, I’d love to go on a picnic with mouth-watering delicacies that I did not make, lounge together on a blanket with the sun shining down…

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Last weekend our daughter was in a dance competition. When she performed her solo she did many, many things well but she had a three-second freeze in the middle of the performance… on stage … in front of 500 people.  Bless her heart she recovered her composure and carried on gallantly. However, she was devastated….

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“Parents experience lower levels of emotional well being, less frequent positive emotions and more frequent negative emotions than their childless peers,” according to Robin Simon, a researcher at  Florida State University. In fact, when 13,000 Americans were polled the findings show that people who never had children reported “significantly greater emotional well-being” than people with…

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