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Dear Family Coach

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  • It’s Not Required. It’s Just Nice. This week I walked into the lobby at work to see a two-story glistening Christmas tree with flowing red ribbon and lights. Presents are wrapped perfectly under the tree. The back office is tastefully decorated with lights and snowy scenes and garland. It’s really a stunning display. And yet, after the initial pleasantness of the ...
  • My Kids Aren’t Grateful, Help! Consumerism in America is big business, and more than ever children are being bombarded with sensational toys and technology. It’s only natural that kids want these shiny new objects. When holiday time comes around many parents spend hours finding just the right gifts, wrapping them oh, so specially and waiting excitedly for the big reveal. ...
  • Kids, Here’s the Truth and I’m Sorry Dear Kids, I’m writing to you because you are old enough to know the truth. Actually, you aren’t. You are innocent children who deserve a childhood without fears and nightmares. But the truth is unavoidable, and at this moment there is nothing else I can say. So here it is. I cannot protect you from a gunman. ...
  • Why is Brett Kavanaugh So Angry? It Might Not Be What You Think If you saw Brett Kavanaugh testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week you undoubtedly noticed his anger. According to Kavanaugh, he is being wrongfully accused of attacking Christine Blasey Ford at a gathering with some friends in 1982. What stands out from his appearance, and there was a lot to take in, is Kavanaugh’s ...
  • Parents Talk But Are The Kids Listening? Parenting is an endless stream of shopping, cooking, laundry, tucking in, checking homework, kissing boo-boos, running baths, making lunches, scheduling and doctor appointments. It’s disciplining and breaking up sibling battles. It’s cajoling picky eaters to just have one bite of steak. It’s helping anxious kids onto the bus for the first day of preschool and ...
  • It’s Just Barbecue Sauce Sometimes as parents we wonder what we would do for our children if given the chance. Of course I’d give an organ, arm or leg for my kids. But would I spend $25 to check an overpriced bottle of barbecue sauce at the airport? After five blissful days celebrating my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary in Maui we ...
  • Taking My Own Advice   As The Family Coach it’s been my mission to help families enjoy parenting more. Sometimes I’m smart enough to take my own advice. Last week we went to the fair as a family. My daughter, being a teenager, went off with a friend. That left my son, Emmett, alone with my husband and me. We wanted ...
  • Saving Sex Ed and an Overloaded Parent for 05/26/2018 Saving Sex Ed and an Overloaded Parent for 05/26/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My school district has a sex education program that I don’t care for. Parents have the option of signing their children out of the class. I opted out for my two older children. However, this year all of my younger child’s friends ...
  • Saving Sex Ed and an Overloaded Parent for 05/26/2018 Saving Sex Ed and an Overloaded Parent for 05/26/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My school district has a sex education program that I don’t care for. Parents have the option of signing their children out of the class. I opted out for my two older children. However, this year all of my younger child’s friends ...
  • Creating Good Readers and Brushing a Toddler's Teeth for 05/19/2018 Creating Good Readers and Brushing a Toddler’s Teeth for 05/19/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: I want my kids to be good readers and read as much as possible. What’s the best way to make this happen? — Literary Dad Dear Dad: Being a good reader and enjoying reading are two totally different things. It is possible ...

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