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Swiss Cheese Moms, Part One

Moms and Codependency. “We’re all born Swiss cheese — full of holes — needs that are starving to be met,” If we’re parented well and life is relatively trauma-free, then we grow up with a strong sense of identity. If childhood needs aren’t met, codependency may become the lifelong surv read more

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Things to Stop Saying to your Kids and What to Say Instead

The words we say have more meaning than we know. What if small changes in the phrases we use with our kids could change their meaning entirely? read more

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Shaping Superheroes

We stood at the door of the mall for a lengthy moment. “Very funny, mom,” said my 12-year-old son as I waited for him to open the door for me. I just smiled at him … and waited. ‘”Okay, fine,” he finally relented. read more

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Treasure the Moment

He said it sweetly enough and was holding a dandelion in my direction. It must have been the 269th dandelion he gave me this year and at the moment with sweat threatening to trickle down my back and with the house all locked up, I didn't want a dandelion. read more

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5 Reasons Why Arts in Education is Important for Kids

A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair, or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate. read more