How to Successfully Launch a Child

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The first time I heard the verb “launch” referring to child rearing, it seemed to me to be a very odd choice of words.  My very fertile imagination saw parents firmly attaching their offspring to a rocket at Cape Canaveral, Florida.  The countdown begins, the great plumes of smoke leave the rocket’s base and obscure the view.  Then, off goes … Read More

A Paradigm Shift in Parenting

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Possibly the happiest and most terrifying moment in a person’s life is when they become a parent for the first time. All story book expectations are blown to bits. That is probably why parenting books have always been popular. People want to do well by their progeny and not fall apart in the process.  First, it was mostly the physical … Read More

What all Children Wish Their Parents Knew

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We humans have a need to feel that we are a part of something bigger than ourselves.  We need to belong, to be with people who want us.  We need to know that we are lovable even when we do not such lovable things, that nobody will ever be so upset with us that they will no longer love us … Read More

Teaching Your Child to just say “Please”, “Thank You” and “Sorry” is a mistake. Here’s why

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As far back as most of us can remember, it was considered a part of good breeding and manners to teach children to say “please”, “thank you” and “sorry”.  The problem is that most of the time, children just learned to recognize when it was time to say these things or were reminded by their parents, and then they just … Read More

The Anxious Brain

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Ten year old Josh is having meltdowns every day now that his sister’s wedding is getting closer.  He’s miserable, and his parents and sister don’t know what to do.  The entire household seems to be falling apart.   Josh has only been to one other wedding two years ago, his cousin’s, and that was enough.  The thought of going through all … Read More

On Feeling Stupid

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About a week ago, I received a post from the photography school where I studied a few years ago. They were offering new and different classes, was I interested?  Many years ago I took photography courses, even learning how to develop pictures in a dark room.  But that was in the dark ages, literally, before digital cameras and computers. So … Read More

ADD and Lying

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  By now, anyone who is in any way involved with someone diagnosed with ADHD (parents, teachers, spouses and the person him/her self) has enough information available to them to understand how to deal with this diagnoses. There still remain, however, a few auxiliary behaviors which create a great deal of strife.  One of them is lying.  Of all the … Read More