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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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ASK QUESTIONS

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It’s okay for parents to ask questions. Kids don’t come with a manual. We all wish they did. It’s kind of mind boggling that we go through nine months of pregnancy and after just a few days in the hospital—where …

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EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

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Parenting requires us to expect the unexpected. It exemplifies having to embrace a lack of control. Imagine that you plan the perfect outing, your child gets sick. You have a big deadline at work, the babysitter cancels on you. You want …

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10 WAYS TO DECREASE STRESS

In Balance & Thrive, Parenting by alexabrett7 Comments

I think of stress as a loop, a treadmill of sorts. Some of it is caused by an exhausted nervous system but the cycle often starts with our need for control. We all have triggers. People can get overwhelmed because …

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