Archives for December, 2009

Parenting

Yoga Thinking Helps Kids With Scary Thoughts



This evening, my daughter came upstairs just minutes after I had put her to bed.  Turns out, she and one of her sisters had been playing imaginary games about vampires during the daytime.  We had also been given a helium balloon that day, and it was bouncing around because of the air vent in her room.  Too many creepy thoughts and visions in her mind.  What would you have said to your child...
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I'm Dreaming of An Imperfect Christmas

Beneath the shiny ornaments, the beautiful bows, the sparkling lights, a dark ugly monster lurks in the shadows at Christmastime.  It waits to steal moments of joy, satisfaction, and contentment from unsuspecting people.  It's rarely talked about but affects millions.  Perfection.

How much did they spend of me?  Did I spend enough on them?  Does it look good enough?  Does this seem enough like Christmas should?  What if the weather gets bad and we have to...
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Life With An Anxious Mother



Don't go outside, you'll catch a cold.  Stay close by me, so I can keep my eye on you.  You'll shoot your eye out!  Everyone has heard these types of phrases from their moms (or movie moms) from time to time.  But life with an anxious mother is different from from life with a mom who worries a little here and there.  Everyone has worries that overcome them once in a while.  But...
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Parents With Mental Illness



The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has an interesting report on parents with mental illness.  It states that no comprehensive set of statistics has been collected on parents with mental illnesses.  However, the authors of the report have been able to paint a picture of the challenges mentally ill parents face.

Who Are Mentally Ill Parents?

Parents with a mental illness may not be who you expect.  One could be a successful...
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Parenting

Disciplining Gifted Children



Disciplining gifted children?  She really thinks she needs a whole blog post about that?  You might think discipline would be no different for a gifted child than it might be for any average child.  Wrong.  Gifted children present a few unique challenges to the average discipline plan.  If you are a frustrated parent of the gifted child, sit tight and read on.

Here is the first and perhaps most important rule when it comes...
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Making A Blended Family – Should You Do It?



Divorce and remarriage is relatively common now.  Most kids know somebody with a stepbrother or stepsister, or at least a step-parent.  This sometimes happens with widows and widowers as well.  But just because it appears normalized, is it always a good idea?

This is a hot question because I am sure many readers have varying opinions on this.  As usual, I will lay out my opinion and thoughts on the topic.  Any opposing or...
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Family Conflict Communication Issues

When it comes to family conflict, the one phrase I think I hear the most is "We just don't communicate".  I hear it at my job, on TV, on the radio, and from people I know.  The funny thing is that we are always communicating.  What are we doing it well enough to keep our family going in a good direction?  That's what we're here to talk about.

When someone says "we aren't communicating",...
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Add Family Responsibility Habits One At A Time



You know when you have a great new idea about how to keep your family more organized?  Then you jump right in with a full head of steam, a big plan, and lots of details.  Pretty soon, you're making flowcharts, collecting tokens and writing utensils, and running to the office supply store.  Then, as you sink under the weight of your mega-plan, it doesn't seem to be nearly as miraculous and wonderful as when you...
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