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The Uncool Mom

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One of the numerous times I’ve made my son mad this year was the day I told him he had to go to school when a bunch of other parents were not making their kids go. Here’s the story: My … Continue reading

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Conversations before College: WHO you are matters more than WHERE you go

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I just spent spring break with ten high school senior girls and some of their moms. Several of these girls know where they’ll be heading to college in the fall, but others are still anxiously waiting to hear about acceptances. … Continue reading

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The Power of Compliments

I saw this video last week, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the power of compliments: Isn’t it amazing? This teacher spent just 10 minutes a day complimenting his students, and he completely changed the culture of … Continue reading

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Five (MORE) Reasons Great Parents Send Their Kids to Camp

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There are so many reasons great parents choose to send their kids to summer camp. Two years ago, I shared five of them on the most popular post I’ve ever published. But now I have more to share. Consider this … Continue reading

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Be a Better Parent by Doing Less

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If you’ve read my posts the past few weeks, you know that I’ve been on a roll with thoughts about letting our kids fail more and preparing them to be competent adults. Reading Jessica Lahey’s The Gift of Failure and … Continue reading

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Ready for Adulthood Check-List for Kids

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Yesterday, I scheduled hair appointments for me and my dog, checked in with my sister about this weekend’s schedule, made lunches for my husband and me, dropped off a birthday present for a friend, mailed a package, reorganized my weekly … Continue reading

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Picking my Parental Battles

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“Battle” is probably not the ideal metaphor when discussing parenting, but lately I’ve felt like it’s been one scuffle after another between me and my adolescent sons. As I have a chance to reflect each night, what unfurls is a … Continue reading

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5 Ways Camp Grows Grit

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“It turns out that grit predicts performance better than IQ or innate talent. Grit makes our kids productive and successful because it allows them to reach their long-term goals despite life’s inevitable setbacks. This ability to overcome challenges makes them … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Teach Kids to Live Life Well

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As I started writing this, I realized that my title is inaccurate: “5 Ways to Live Life Well” would be more appropriate. As an adult, I still need these reminders to help me live my own life better. And, as … Continue reading

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5 Fun 30-Minute Family Activities

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With more of my kids away at school than still living at home, I have lofty ambitions for our family together time over these coming two weeks – the only time of the year when all our kids’ vacations coincide. … Continue reading