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Family Mood Board

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What’s a Mood Board? A mood board is a visual aid created with pictures or collage to convey a message. It’s used as an effective presentation tool in advertising and design, and now also in therapy. It uses pictures, brief words, …

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Imaginary Audience

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Do you remember when you were a tween and you started being acutely aware of all your public mistakes or perceived failings, as if the whole world was watching— that’s what psychologists call your imaginary audience.  The feeling that we are …

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Apologize and Move On

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The day I learned to apologize to my kids was the day I became a better mother. Parents have limits, good days and bad days. I often apologize to my kids when I am short tempered or if I misjudge a …

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Learning to Say No

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Learning to say no is as important as knowing when to say yes. We all love to help others, feel needed, and valuable. When our commitments to others affect our relationships with our spouse or our children, something needs to …

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Chores-Good for Parents and Children

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Participating in chores contributes greatly to growing into a balanced self-sufficient adult. Many parents don’t let their kids do housework because it’s just easier and quicker if they do the cleaning themselves.This is a short-term solution to their housekeeping problem, but in the long run it …

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Sibling Conflicts-Parents Stay Out

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Sibling conflicts wrinkle the landscape of parenthood. Sometimes the best way to stop family stress from affecting us is to walk away from the problem. In the end, we can only worry about what we agree to worry about. Sibling conflicts happen, …

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Take a Break

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My grandfather used to say: “turn your tongue seven times in your mouth before you speak”. I used to tell the same thing to my kids when I wanted them to be more considerate with their words. They would all proceed to …

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