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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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Eight Signs You May Be an Unreasonable Parent

My husband and I are frequently accused of so-called unreasonable parenting. Not by our peers, but by those self-proclaimed experts who bear the brunt of our irrational rules and regulations – our children. Whether you have been formally charged or not, the following are some tell-tale signs that, like us, you may be asking too […]

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10 Things I Mastered as a Teacher that Help Me to Be a Better Parent

There are many things I learned about the world during my tenure as a teacher. But I never realized how much teaching would impact my parenting. Here are 10 things I learned as a teacher that have made me a better parent: 1. Saying “no” to your kids will probably end in tears. Maybe even […]

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Surviving Middle School: Perspectives from a Teacher and Mom

Middle School. These two words often elicit a cringe, a shudder, maybe even an eye roll. Whether this response is caused by remembering our own middle school years or thinking about our own children reaching this dreaded time, it is a common perception. I have spent the majority of my days the past eleven years […]

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