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My inbox is constantly bombarded with invitations from my kids’ school.  Do my children want to join swimming, tennis, robotics, karate, soccer, chess, basketball, or baseball?  Some activities are free,…

Redefining Love

Three moms in the first four years of life would confuse any child. So there is little wonder that my son has a hard time understanding love—trust is an intricate…

A Power Punch for Joy Filled Days

Do you ever feel disappointed with life?  I think most of us might agree that our days often seem either crazy busy or frustratingly slow.  It’s easy to let negative…

A Resolution To Stop Cussing

Have you noticed the words teenagers use on Facebook? They know we’re watching. What do you think they’re saying when we aren’t? Perhaps most upsetting to me is how normalized profanity…

Easy Ways to Get Involved in Your Child’s School

Here we are again. Long days at the pool will soon be memories replaced by new shoes, class schedules, and fall sports. Whether we like it or not, it’s back-to-school…

How to Prevent Chores Gone Crazy

If you sing these words to the Jason Mraz song “I’m Yours,” you will see a glimpse into the Hawkins home — well, actually more like a glimpse into my husband’s…

Ten Tips for Helping Your Children Through Grief Over Losing a Loved One

{Editor’s Note: With this week’s death of dear Wynter, we asked Dr. Jennifer if she would share with you how to help children process and deal with grief. We know…

Courage: the Backbone of Character

If we were to write a classified ad for a parent, one of the parts of the job description would be character building. It is a non-negotiable for any conscientious…

Ideas For Fun-Challenged Moms

Last summer, I had a mom come to me and ask, “How can I teach myself to have fun with my children?” Initially I was taken aback by her question,…

Are Screens Harming Your Child’s Communication Skills?

I remember when my daughter Lucy was two, she would scream “MILK!” from her chair like an irate tyrant.  I quickly realized that was not the right way to communicate. …

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