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Make Connection a Habit

I ask for what I want and need

  How comfortable are you when it comes to asking for help? Asking those you love and even strangers for the things you want/need? This week we are talking about putting an end to "be seen not heard" by opening our throats, finding our voices and empowering our children to...

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Behavioral charts: I am totally over it

My friend Katie called me in tears last week. Her three-year-old son Max started having these new, long, weepy temper tantrums every day at preschool drop-off. Katie had the mamma guilt blues. Why was Max getting so upset? He loved school. How could she keep leaving him like this each...

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On Peace Tents, Healing the Generations and Motherhood

My friend Sammy Jo has beautiful brown curly hair, as you will see in the pictures as you scroll through this article. And when she was three, she gave herself a haircut with scissors. Sharp, grown-up scissors. Sammy’s mom was beyond furious. She was steaming hot mad. To teach little...

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Emotional Intelligence is More Than Naming Emotions

“You can’t have that toy,” we tell them, as they scream at the register. “You have enough toys at home.” They scream louder. “Stop-it” we whisper with frustration. Louder. Forcing the toy from their tiny hands, they resist with tears and kicks. And the screams get louder. Your child is...

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Calming spaces for Muggles, Wizards and Eight-Year-Old Girls Alike

Wisdom. Emotional intelligence. Maturity. These words typically conjure up the image of someone older than you. Perhaps it’s someone you know and revere for their persistent nature and kind soul. That person for me is Elizabeth: an 8-year-old I’ve only just met. Older than me? Not by a long shot....

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