Encouraging Words To Build Confidence (EXPERT)
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Encouraging Words To Build Confidence (EXPERT)

Words can hurt or heal. Choose the words you say so your voice will be one of encouragement and praise, rather than demeaning and negative. Change the way you talk to others, and change their lives and yours. Empower those you incounter with encouraging words and phrases. I want to share a story with you about why I am so driven to teach, guide and mentor parents, coaches, counselors, police, teachers and other adults who are in a position to work with young people. Tell Me The Words To Say

In Defense of Single Moms Everywhere
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In Defense of Single Moms Everywhere

An opinion article by Katie Roiphe, called "In defense of single motherhood," was published in the New York Times this week (Sunday Review section, 8/12/12).  Several points I appreciated are: 1) the all-too-common "lack of imagination about what family can be..." 2) the fact that women move in and out of singleness, whether via divorce, death of a spouse, romantic attachments' forming and dissolving...

How To Choose Your Family's Nanny [EXPERT]
Any Nanny should truly love your child.
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How To Choose Your Family's Nanny

When choosing a nanny for their children, indeed the nanny has to fit into the family dynamics and lifestyle, but more importantly, the nanny must be qualified to do the job well. When interviewing a nanny for your family, here are my top five things you should rate your nanny on.

Read, Sing & Talk To Your Baby (EXPERT)
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Read, Sing & Talk To Your Baby (EXPERT)

Read, Sing and Talk To Your Baby When babies make cooing sounds, we make cooing sounds in return. When they smile, we smile and then they smile and it goes on and on. Our loving joy or job is to provide prompt response to his needs, consistent care and love. Hopefully, we will share opportunities for activities which will help move and develop muscles including the brain..

21 Reasons Kids and Parents Tell Lies (EXPERT)
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21 Reasons Kids and Parents Tell Lies (EXPERT)

Do parents lie to their kids? Do kids tell lies? Why do we lie, often when the truth would serve us better? We recently had a group of friends and relatives in our home for a dinner party. After some great food and general conversation, I asked them to help me with this project. Everyone was supportive and eager to assist in writing a book. But when I asked them to tell me why they lied, there was a shocked silence.

5 More Tips To Connect and Communicate With Your Kids (EXPERT)
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5 More Tips To Connect and Communicate With Your Kids (EXPERT)

  Are you concerned because trying to communicate and connect with your kids is hard? You are competing with video games, friends, school, sports, hormones, growing pains and lack of interest on their part. Please believe me as a parent educator, mom, gram, auntie, neighbor and friend that being pro-active in getting and staying connected is worth it. A solid foundation of loving adults and caring family is a strong leg up in life.

Dads, Grandpas and Uncles - Kids Need Male Role Models(EXPERT)
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Dads, Grandpas and Uncles - Kids Need Male Role Models(EXPERT)

Dad, Grandpa or Uncle- Kids Need a Good Male Role Model Your father (hopefully) was your first role model as a strong and caring male. No matter how old or smart you get, there is a longing in your heart to call out and be heard by your be-there dad. If you did not have that treasure in your home, you may have had to learn the characteristics of an emotionally healthy male by watching and interacting with others.

Facebook Love: Playing With Global Consciousness
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Facebook Love: Playing With Global Consciousness

A couple months ago I had a birthday and I was overwhelmed by hundreds of greetings on Facebook. It was cool and fun and a bit mind-boggling. I liked it. At the time I wondered about the out-pouring of messages and chalked it up to lots of people that truly enjoy bringing joy into each other’s lives. Nice, right? Today I lost my father and I decided to post the following picture and comment on Facebook. “My Mom left us a few years ago. My Dad followed her today.

Miscommunication: when what they hear isn't what you said
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Miscommunication: when what they hear isn't what you said

“I know you believe you understand what you think I said. I'm not sure you realize what you heard is not what I meant.”- Robert McCloskey It has happened to all of us. We say something, and it is misconstrued or taken out of context and, suddenly, the person hearing it becomes incensed. They respond without thinking about it, and you are left with drama or a big problem. It happens at work, school and home. It happens in our marriages and relationships almost every day.

Keep your Girlfriends
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Keep your Girlfriends

                                             When I was in college, I remember having lots of girlfriends. These friends were close to me; we shared each others’ lives, problems and joys.

Dad, Please Come Home
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Dad, Please Come Home

When you left your wife, did you leave your child too? If so, Go Home. Don't leave your child. Dedicated to my father who was the first man I ever loved. He taught me the importance of having a dad by his existence and interest in my life. A wonderful example of what a father’s love looks and feels like. Everything I have become up to this point was indirectly inspired by his belief in me. -mjo

Is keeping up with the Joneses ruining your marriage?
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Is keeping up with the Joneses ruining your marriage?

Is your relationship/marriage in credit card debt? Trying to keep up with your neighbors & friends? Is keeping up with the Joneses ruining your marriage? I have three very close friends. I have known these friends for over 20 years. They are supportive of me and I of them. One of the reasons I love them most is because there has never been a need for us to compete over “stuff.” They don’t host Botox parties; boast breast enlargements, and diamonds that cost more than a down payment on a car. They are real, and they help “ground” me when I am with them.

The Women Who Stay And Those Who Leave After Marital Cheating
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The Women Who Stay And Those Who Leave After Marital Cheating

What do you do when your very public husband is caught cheating? It’s in the news, the Internet, the radio and every source you hear or see right now. Powerful men acting like “Pigs” as Nancy Gibbs so eloquently wrote in her recent article in Time (no offense to the four- legged ones). When I read or see these reports my mind asks many questions. Who are these women cheating with these men, and what is wrong with them? But more curious to me is how a woman decides whether to leave or stay?