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    Travel

    The Budget-Friendly Adventure

    I believe it’s extremely important to get my kids out into the world and have experiences. Good or Bad. Each is a teachable moment. We learn so much from our experiences and the value of adventure bringing about a sense of fulfillment. With this philosophy in mind, I try to plan something special for the kids during the year. Sort of like a mini “vacation” but I’m not a big “vacation” person. I’d rather create some small budget-friendly adventures throughout the year. These adventures can range from a Saturday afternoon trip to the library to a full-blown “let’s get in the car and drive to a new landmark we’ve never…

  • Parenting

    How to get your teen to open up and talk to you?

    Wish your teen would open up and talk more? Getting your teen to open up and talk can be challenging. Take a moment and think back to a time when you were a teenager. Can you recall a “fun” memory? Can you remember the details? Was it your first day of high school, your first car, your 16th birthday, or your first kiss? How about a “not-so-good” memory? Can you remember those details? Maybe your first car wreck, failed a finals test, or a blind date that went terribly bad?   Now, how about a time when you felt misunderstood by one of these incidents? Maybe you made a not-so-good…

  • Parenting

    5 Tips for Raising Respectful Confident Kids

    If you could meet your child as an adult what kind of qualities would you like to see in him/her? I love this question. It gets you thinking about your role as a parent and helps you identify what values you want to instill in your child.   1.) Model Respect. This starts with you, the parent. Your kids may not always listen to what you say but they will model what you do. If you want confident kids, model and teach confidence with them. And if you desire respectful kids, model respect with them and with others. If you are hoping for an emphatic child, model empathy with them and others.  …

  • Kids
    Parenting

    The Greatest Tool You Can Give Your Child…

    The year was 1995. Time magazine published the October issue with the following question on the cover, “What’s Your EQ?” So…what is EQ and why are we talking about it decades later? EQ is the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions and hold awareness and understanding for the emotions of others. EQ or emotional intelligence is the seed of all learning. It establishes our ability to interact, how we relate and our willingness to give and receive love. Teaching ourselves and our children EQ has immense benefits and perhaps it is why so many studies have shown Emotional Intelligence to be a more accurate determination of future success than I.Q. Here’s…

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    Parenting

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas

    WISHING YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS Hanukkah is over and Christmas is only 3 days away. As you gather with family and friends this season, I would like to wish you and yours a joyous Christmas filled with love and laughter. It has been an honor to serve and meet so many new families this year. There truly is a shift happening around the world. Parents are stepping up and saying ‘NO’ to the old dominant paradigm of parenting. They are moving away from control and into understanding and love. The holidays are a great time to be reminded that we have a choice of how we want to parent. We can choose…