STOP YELLING! How to be a Calmer, Less Stressed Parent

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Spanking children has been on the decline for years. But ask any parent if they yell at their kids and most will admit they do. Many parents raise their voices out of sheer frustration even though research shows yelling is as harmful of a discipline tactic as spanking. As much as we love our kids,…

How to Survive an Overbearing Mother

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As an adult, dealing with an overbearing mother can feel impossible. If you are reading this, you are probably all too familiar with what that means. She doesn’t approve of your significant other or your friends. She comments on everything from your makeup and hair, to your weight and clothing style. She constantly adds her…

The Modern Brady Brunch: 6 Tips for How to Win When Blending Families

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If you grew up sometime between the sixties and the two-thousands, you’ve probably heard the very catchy theme song for the television show, The Brady Bunch. It begins with the “story” of a mother with three girls and a father with three boys meeting, falling in love, and knowing “that it was much more than…

Teaching Diversity to Your Children

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Children do not come into this world knowing discrimination. Their innocence of historical treatment of minority populations is precious and incredibly pure, but something that won’t last. Teaching and showing children diversity can help keep them from forming discriminatory views that are often common in school and home settings, whether intentional or unintentional. While a…

The Miracle of Adoption

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Adopting a child into your family is a blessing like almost no other. Whether your first child or your fifth, nothing in the world can compare to adding a very wanted member to your family. It is clear that expanding your family is a beautiful thing, but there are a number of benefits to adopting…

What is Engaged Listening?

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In the modern age of many distractions, active and engaged listening is a skill most people could afford to improve. Paying close attention to what others are saying and truly seeking to understand their point of view is a challenge and requires effort and intention. During conversations, most people are focused on what their next…

What is Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)?

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Do you have a strong-willed child who struggles to listen and follow directions? Do you feel like you have to repeat yourself over and over until you yell to get your child to do what you’ve asked? Does your child exhibit tantrum behavior, yelling and screaming, and the infamous word “NO!” more times than you…

5 Things You Need to Know about Dating a Woman with Kids

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Parenting is extremely hard work. Yes, it is rewarding, but it is incredibly challenging. If you have kids, you understand that strange universe of being so in love with your children while simultaneously feeling like they are sucking every ounce of energy you have. As a parent, you know how it is one of the…