5 Survival Tips to Follow When Starting a Stepfamily

5 Survival Tips to Follow When Starting a Stepfamily

Having a stepfamily is more common than you may think. According to the Stepfamily Foundation, half of the nation’s 60 million children under the age of 13 are currently living with one biological parent and that parent’s current partner. That is a huge number! Author Michael H. Popkins, PhD offers us some key points to remember when starting a stepfamily. #1. Don’t minimize the loss. The […]

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What to Do When Your Blended Family Won’t Blend

What to Do When Your Blended Family Won’t Blend

You finally met the one. This time it is going to last. It is like you got a second chance at life. And then trouble arrives in paradise. Your kids have an issue with your new love. Your new love struggles with your kids. All the kids fight. What once seemed so right, is now seeming impossibly wrong. Your blended family won’t blend. How do you […]

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5 Bad Things Good Parents Do

5 Bad Things Good Parents Do

If you’ve heard “None of my friend’s parents do this!” at least once – you are doing a great job. Parenting is a messy job. Your kids will constantly tell you that you are making bad parenting choices. If they are good, they will get you to question your sanity and your parenting at times. Are you being too harsh? Are you doing bad things […]

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Dear Breastfeeding Bully,

Dear Breastfeeding Bully,

Jenny from Mommy Wears Heels is telling it how it is and I am loving her for it! For more raw, honest articles be sure to check out her site MommyWearsHeels.com. Dear breastfeeding bully,   You are a pretty bad ass mother aren’t you?! Give your boobies a quick pat on the cleavage for a job well done! You kept a human alive from your […]

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The 10 Worst Mistakes Parents Make When Getting a Divorce

The 10 Worst Mistakes Parents Make When Getting a Divorce

Divorce is hard on kids. This is not earth shattering news. But, kids are resilient. I have seen many kids thrive and adapt in my therapy practice. I have also seen kids plummet with no sign of resurfacing. Grades tank. Friends are lost. Interest in hobbies fall by the wayside. So why do some kids adapt and others suffer permanent damage? Parents. It is all […]

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Kids Reveal the Worst Parenting Mistakes: Do You Make the List?

Kids Reveal the Worst Parenting Mistakes: Do You Make the List?

As a child therapist, I get to talk to a lot of parents. I mean tons. They talked to me about their kids, about their lives and most importantly about their parenting. I then meet their kids. I get a rare inside peek into the kid’s perspective. What do the kids find effective? What do they secretly admit doesn’t work? What do they wish their […]

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17 Signs Pokémon Go Has Hijacked Your Family

17 Signs Pokémon Go Has Hijacked Your Family

You can’t go anywhere without the tell-tale signs of Pokémon Go. Dazed, zombie-like people staring at their screens as they walk into walls. Large groups of people huddled around random spots in the park, silently staring at their phones. Cars slowing down in the middle of the street to make sure they get one last spin at a Poke Stop. I can’t mock the game. […]

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The Most Popular Confessions Parents Make in Therapy

The Most Popular Confessions Parents Make in Therapy

I often find myself sitting opposite a couple on the couch, listening to them confess their parental woes. I silently nod in agreement as they describe their deepest, darkest parenting secrets. Ironically they aren’t that dark and they really don’t need to be secrets. Why? Because I have met that couple on the couch many times before. Yes, they have had different names, but their […]

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25 Quirky Organizing Tips that will Change Your Life!

25 Quirky Organizing Tips that will Change Your Life!

Need organizing Tips to keep you sane? I’ve got you covered.   Life can be hectic. With three kids, a therapy practice, a website and another book in the works – I have noticed that I have developed some neurotic habits mad skills to keep my life organized and maintain my sanity. I am here to share my crazy with you (along with my organizing […]

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6 Ways Your Childhood is Ruling Your Parenting

6 Ways Your Childhood is Ruling Your Parenting

Perhaps you look back at your childhood with fondness. Or maybe you just scoffed at that last sentence. Regardless of whether your childhood memories give you warm fuzzies or heart palpitations – your childhood lives on in your parenting. Gulp. As a child therapist, I have a front row seat to the residual power of childhood. Parents sit on my couch year after year talking […]

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Everyone Should have These 4 Family Traditions!

Everyone Should have These 4 Family Traditions!

I am not sure why we wait for a new calendar year to start new diets, habits and routines. Now is as good a time as any to start some new family traditions! Family traditions help build a strong feeling of connectedness. Here are four of my favorites family traditions:   1. Date Day with the Kids   Whether you have one child or a […]

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12 Questions you Should Ask Every Babysitter – But Don’t!

12 Questions you Should Ask Every Babysitter – But Don’t!

I had a major personality flaw. I was way too considerate. I cared way too much about what other people thought. These seemingly pleasant personality traits put my kids at risk. When interviewing for a babysitter, they caused me to not ask the right questions. I didn’t want to be rude. I didn’t want to be presumptuous.   I will never make that mistake again. […]

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Messy Home? 6 Ways to Organize the Playroom

Messy Home? 6 Ways to Organize the Playroom

I have invited Kara Masterson to share with us her amazing tips on how to organize the playroom!  [This article contains affiliate links that help support this site.] The child’s playroom can quickly become a disaster area if clutter is not controlled. Follow these six tips to turn playroom debacles into playroom dreams. Designate Play Zones Be thoughtful when deciding where to place toys in […]

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8 Creative Questions to Ask Your Child About Their School Day

8 Creative Questions to Ask Your Child About Their School Day

I invited Jessica over at Messes & Memories to share with us the creative ways she gets her daughter to talk about her school day. I love these questions! It can be such a challenge to get some kids to talk about their day. With these questions you are bound to get more than the usual one word answer! **** This year my family and I […]

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23 Ways Parents Undermine Each Other

23 Ways Parents Undermine Each Other

You loved his eyes. He loved your laugh. You talked about growing old together – having kids together. You seemed to agree on everything.   That is until the kids showed up. Now you feel like parenting has become a battle of wills. Disagreeing on parenting isn’t just bad for marriages – it’s bad for kids too.   Guess what happens to your parenting when […]

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