Sep
14
Friend Problems
Filed Under (parenting tips, self-esteem, tweens)

“Mom, I NEED to talk to you.  I’m having friend problems.” Oh-oh.  Here we go.  Entering into familiar tween territory.  My youngest daughter entered third grade this year with such a definitive shift in awareness, attitude, and emotion, that I’m considering nominating her for tween poster child.  It’s as if my daughter’s eyes have been [...]

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Aug
17
Chasing Beautiful
Filed Under (feelings, self-esteem, Something To Think About)

“Who does the mirror say I am?  Could I be like someone who matters even for a moment?  Chasing beautiful.” These words stopped me dead in my tracks when I first heard them sung by Heather Vassar.  In her song titled Chasing Beautiful Heather captures the desperation of a girl searching for her own beauty.  [...]

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Mar
17
You are SO lucky!
Filed Under (coping strategies, self-esteem)

If you’ve followed me long enough, you know that I’m no fan of ‘luck.’  (Click here for a previous post on the subject.) Luck, in the traditional sense of the word, is a disempowering concept.  However, this St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve decided to take the word less seriously and adopt a broader definition.  Let’s agree for a [...]

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Oct
26
Tough Love
Filed Under (parenting tips, self-esteem)

It started with a simple matching game.  My four year old daughter and I sat together in a pile of clean laundry on the bed.  “Let’s see who can find the most pair of socks that match.”  A chore turned into play.  Matching socks progressed to folding washcloths then to putting clothes in drawers and [...]

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Aug
20

You may be familiar with the expression, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.”  If this is true, I must be insane. Frequently, my husband and I pack up our family for weekends at a family camp.  We manage, most times, to remember everything and everyone. (The movie ‘Home Alone’ [...]

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