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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Letting Kids Handle Their Money and a Tattler for 05/18/2018 Letting Kids Handle Their Money and a Tattler for 05/18/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My children often receive holiday cards with money inside in the mail from their grandparents. They usually spend the money on stupid stuff they don’t need. One time my son gave a $50 bill to the American Heart Association, which is ...
  • Fiery BattleBots Fight in a Bulletproof Cage, It’s The Ultimate Family Show BattleBots is one of the best family shows on television. After a year hiatus, thankfully Discovery Networks (Discovery and Science Channel) decided to revive the show. BattleBots like a mashup of mixed martial arts and a monster truck battle. Two remote controlled robots are put into a bulletproof cage and let loose on each other ...
  • An Uncooperative Bar Mitzvah Boy and a Budding Rapper for 05/12/2018 An Uncooperative Bar Mitzvah Boy and a Budding Rapper for 05/12/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My son is scheduled to have his bar mitzvah next year, and it’s a very important event for our family. Unfortunately, he doesn’t see it that way. He never practices; he drags his feet to Hebrew school; and he has ...
  • A Conference, Powerful Words & Silencing Your Inner Critic Going to conferences always brings out my deeply hidden insecurities. On any typical day I am a fairly confident person. I work hard. I try to be nice to people. Life is generally good. But in the weeks leading up to any conference I’m a little shaky. I start obsessing about clothing (which I never ...
  • Promiscuous Neighbors and Occasional Formula Feeding for 05/05/2018 Promiscuous Neighbors and Occasional Formula Feeding for 05/05/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My next-door neighbor is a single mom who works long hours. Her 13- and 15-year-old daughters are often alone. They are good kids. But I see random boys coming and going a lot, and I’m worried the girls are making bad choices. I’d ...

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