bartlebyEmotional Health & Safety

  • The Gift of Silence and How it Solved our Shoe Problems
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    In our house a lot of power is given to shoes.  All the transitional stress of leaving the house revolves around them. Sometimes they are too tight, sometimes they are too loose, sometimes the socks have lumps, sometimes they are itchy, and sometimes they just don’t feel right. Other times my son

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  • The Day I got Helicopter Parented (And How it Made Me Feel)
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    It had been about two weeks since I’d been out of the boot cast and I was cleared to exercise again. I was headed to spin class for the first time in I don’t know how long, but I was itching to exercise and do something that would really get me sweating and working.  I knew spinning was probably

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  • I Accept The Mess: What Setting Limits Looks Like
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    Crying, tantrums, whining, hitting, yelling – it’s all hard.  I’ve worked to accept all these feelings from my children, and yet, it’s still messy.   That’s the way it’s supposed to be – unpredictable, uncomfortable, inconvenient, and definitely messy. My 3 ½-year-old daughter is

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  • Why “Choosing Your Battles” May Not Be An Effective Parenting Strategy
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    Doubt can plague parents. Are you too strict?  Too permissive? Do you know which things are important to set limits on? Or do you just choose your battles and let the small stuff slide?  Where is the middle ground on limit setting that will help your child become the confident, respectful, and

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  • Public School: How I Made the Choice
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    A lot of people move to our neighborhood for the schools, so it may seem odd that I’ve spent the last months agonizing over where to send my son for kindergarten. Heck, even we moved here for the schools.  Then my first baby grew up a little, and I started learning more about parenting

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  • Respectful parenting lessons from my anxious dog
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    Parents sneer when people without children talk about dog ownership as if it’s a practice run for having children. Dogs are not babies. Otto, my miniature schnauzer, doesn’t wear Halloween costumes. He’s not my child. I’m not his mommy. And yet, I learned important

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  • Connection and Disconnection: Parenting with Smartphones
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    Parents are commonly scolded for using smartphones with their children. While disconnected time with loved ones is vital, it is problematic to say that there is something harmful about ever using mobile devices in front of children. How should a respectful parent approach the issue?
  • Those Idealized Facebook Updates? Here’s the Real Scoop from Real Moms
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    You know those Facebook updates:

    The real scoop: it was 10am and my 4-year-old son still hadn’t eaten because “I’m not even hungry”, and he has been wearing the same clothes for three days. Cleaning up the playroom consists of getting a bunch of toys off the floor and

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  • A Different Kind of Cry
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    Mother Comforts Crying Baby Girl

    It was nap time and she didn’t want to go to bed, which wasn’t unusual on even a good day.  Sometimes she would fuss, sometimes she would cry a hollow overtired cry, sometimes she would sing

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