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Notes From The Mom of a Bully

In our household, bullying has always been something that happened to other people or families. We have seen it first hand at our kids’ schools and have grimly watched its subtleties in our society. Yet never once, no way, has bullying occurred in our household. We built our tribe on kindness, my friends. Inclusion has always […]

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When Kids Lie

Kids are going to lie/fib/omit the truth/hide something/etc. at some point in their lives.  We were once kids; we all did it.  The hope is that we can correct this impulse and turn them into honest, trustworthy adults.  There are many reasons kids lie: They are scared of getting in trouble. They think we just […]

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You Can’t Make Me!

“YOU CAN’T MAKE ME!” It isn’t just something over-stimulated three-year-olds scream at their beleaguered mothers. If you’ve ever heard those words, or just experienced the dawning realization that your child has adopted this attitude, you know how frustrating it can be. The worst part? He’s right. You can’t make him. Before he could even talk, […]

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Recess Before Lunch

I never thought of myself as a mom who would lead the charge for big change at our boys’ school, but this was exactly what I found myself doing in 2007. My big, new idea didn’t originate out of research or a glaring problem. It merely was born from the daily struggle when I picked […]

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Negative Attention Monster: Ideas for Diffusing the Situation

I have often thought that other kids seemed way easier than mine, but I was never openly embarrassed by my daughter’s behavior.  Increasingly this past year, I have often wondered what is wrong with me or what is wrong with my child.  We are pretty no-nonsense when it comes to child-rearing: the wrong choices mean […]

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The Most Dreaded Word to Come Out of My Kid's Mouth: Whatever

The Most Dreaded Word to Come Out of My Kid’s Mouth

Whatever. When said in a flat monotone or a sarcastic sneer and accompanied by a fierce eye roll, it sends me over the edge. I can handle attitude and whininess and even a bit of profanity sprinkled in, but that “whatever” is like nails on a chalkboard. My 8-year-old girl “whatevered” me for the first time […]

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Life’s Not Always Fair… But Sometimes it Should Be!

  They say that “art imitates life.” I have often thought about a scene from the 2004 classic “Mean Girls.”  The character Regina George was the quintessential “cool girl.” She was also a snob, controlling, narcissistic, and self-centered. And the movie never actually explains why that is, but we get a slight insight into her origin when we visit […]

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