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The Problem with Pressure

You want the best for your daughter. You want her in the best school, taking the best classes. You want her involved and developing her abilities and skills. You want her to be challenged and all this is important for her brain development. But there is...

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Girls Just Want to Have Fun

The easiest way to connect with your daughter is by sharing a positive experience, where you both enjoy each other. Sharing a frivolous fun experience, even if it's playing with your dog for 30 minutes, is just plain healthy. Fun is not optional. It benefits you...

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I Feeeeeeeeeel Good

When was the last time you had that "I Feel Good" energy? The kind of energy where you crank the music up in your car and pretend you're James Browns singing, "I feeeeeeeel good." Have you done any happy dances lately? Do you wake...

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“Mom, can I go to the party?”

Your daughter is going to push you. Just when you feel you have worked through one issue another one rolls in. This is where it is super important that you are crystal clear about your decisions, boundaries and guidelines for your daughter. Your clarity is so...

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A World of Pie: Getting Past Disappointment

I love pie. All kind of pies: blueberry, chocolate pecan, peach, apple, blueberry and lemon meringue. I could go on and on. I remember Nana my grandmother making lemon meringue pies. She didn't buy the frozen crust from the grocery store. She would make a homemade...

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This School Year Can Be Different

What would you like to be different this year? This is a very important question to think about. You really can strategize and set a new tone for the year. If you don't have a plan you are going to default into the same old struggles...

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Back to the Routine: Is it Working For You?

The streets were bustling this morning. Mothers and fathers were holding hands with their little ones as they walked to the neighborhood elementary school. The cross guards were busy directing traffic, while parents, children and dogs cross the street. It is the first day of school. My...

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What do you expect?

What do you expect out of life?   "The other shoe to drop" "Not much" "Someone is going to let me down." "I never get a break." Or for your daughter… "She's going to blow it." "It's too late." "Now what is she up to?" "She is going to wreck the car.' "She is...

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Happy Freedom Day!

The fourth of July is a day to celebrate our country's freedom. How about you? Do you need a little freedom? Would you like to be free of your daughter's drama? Your daughter can be happy, angry, sad, stressed, and hyper in a five minute span. If...

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Make This Summer Count

What are you hoping for this summer? Time to rest. A good vacation. Less stress. Believe me - your daughter is hoping for something different. How old is your daughter? Now think of yourself at her age. (I know it's scary.) What did you love about the summer? My daughter is...

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