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I Fudged the Results….And Won the Science Fair

When I was about 13 years old, I entered a city-wide science fair. It was the age of PacMan and Donkey Kong and I chose the topic, “Are boys better than girls at video games?” My fascination with this topic may have had something to do with the research process involved, which included spending a…

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Schooling Choice and Your Child’s Trust in You

When you choose a schooling situation that works for your child, your child will be happier, as well as more trusting in you. Whether it be homeschooling, unschooling, private, charter or public, Montessori, Waldorf, combinations of these, or any of the other great options out there, the important thing is that the schooling situation is meeting your child’s…

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When All Your Buttons Are Being Pushed…

  Parents often tell me that the biggest issue they have with their children is that they (the parents) just get so MAD!!  They find themselves yelling when they want to be sweet and gentle, they find themselves threatening when they want to ask nicely, they find themselves jumping up and down and throwing big-person…

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Playing with Power

Your son makes ninja weapons from the peace symbols lying around your house and gleefully “destroys” his playdate with them.  Your daughter points out the least attractive things about her friends, who threaten to not invite her to their birthday parties.  Your 4 year-old proclaims, “If you don’t get me pizza, right now, I’m going to scream all the way home!” There are times when…

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Showing Love to Your Children

I love the idea that Jean Liedloff describes in her book, “The Continuum Concept”.  She says that in the native culture that she visited that inspired the thoughts in her book, the adults consistently projected an attitude of “worthy and welcome” towards the children. It is possible (though not always easy) to express any emotion that you are having,…

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Loving Your Teens: Start with Understanding

Teenagers are incredible people.  They feel everything, all at once.  Their new view of the world hits them hard and gives them great insight (which they don’t always express in ways that are easy for adults to hear).   In the old, old days, teenagers were sent out into the wilderness to discover their own meaning…

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Helping Your Baby to Sleep Better

There are two ways for your baby to learn to sleep better – you can force him to learn, or you can help him to learn.  The first way, forcing the learning, sometimes appears to “work” in the short-term, but often results in sleep regressions later on, and is associated with a myriad of later issues in adults, including…

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