What Not to Say to a Sleep Deprived Mama

“People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one.”-Leo J. Burke If you ever want to experience what face-to-face road rage is like try lecturing a sleep deprived mother. One of my biggest pet peeves when I was sleep deprived (which lasted oh, about 5 years — yes, I was a real …

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Confronting the Bully

I always figured that we’d have to deal with bullying at some point. Since my son doesn’t always tell me what goes on at school, I wondered if I would know if he was getting teased or bullied. My son’s an exceptionally empathetic child. He’s the caring kid, who hugs and kisses his little brother …

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How To Nurture Your Child’s Public Speaking Skills

Public speaking ranks as the top phobia for three out of four adults. You’ve probably heard that many polls show that people are more afraid of public speaking then of dying. Public speaking certainly has never come easy for me, which is probably why I want it to be easier for my kids. Public speaking …

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Your Intuition: A Communication Powerhouse (If You Allow It)

Our intuition is a part of communication that comes from deep within and sends messages that we often ignore. After all, it is sometimes hard to discern an intuitive feeling from fear and anxiety. Judith Orloff, M.D., author of several books that deal with healing and intuition including her latest bestseller Emotional Freedom, writes on …

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A Series on Nurturing Communication Skills in Your Child

Teaching children how to engage in conversation is just as valuable a skill as basic manners. Without learning boundaries in conversation and the rules of engagement, a child can grow into an adult who frequently interrupts and dominates conversation with little concept of non-verbal cues or regard for others, or on the opposite end of …

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A New Year’s Resolution: Intentional Communication

New Year’s Day leads the pack as one of my favorite holidays. I love the idea of a new beginning and a fresh slate. Generally before the start of a new year, I spend a few days reflecting on what went well the previous year and what I’m happy to put behind me. I can …

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Mining Your Treasures

I rarely quote scripture mainly because I’m not as well-versed in it as I ought to be, but I came across this the other day and it took a seat, niggled at my brain and decided to stay: “Wherever your treasure lies, there your heart will be.” (Luke 12:34). It got me thinking about my …

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Loving Your Road Warrior: Time Tracking Rituals

For some families it helps to track the days until a loved one returns home, especially if he will be away for a week or more. Crossing the days off the calendar is one way. If you have young children, another fun, tangible way to track time is with a colorful paper chain. Have your …

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How Not to Get Spooked by Party Conversation

Photo courtesy digitalart. As someone who has done her fair share of moving around, I’ve had to learn how to approach people I don’t know to start making connections. Networking events used to give me heart palpitations and a stomach-twisting gut-ache. And, attending events where I didn’t know a soul was scarier than getting chased …

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Loving Your Road Warrior: Making the Witching Hour a Little Less Witchy

Photo courtesy Nixxphotography. Although I look back with nostalgia on the days when my kids were very small, I also vividly remember days in the trenches with no life raft in sight. Those evenings when my husband was out of town were the roughest. After a wearying day of soothing, cajoling, feeding and cleaning someone …

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