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Gifts and the Five Love Languages

The Holidays and Gift Giving The holidays are almost upon us and as usual there is a lot of discussion about gifts. A big dilemma for me when my children were little was what to get  and how much to get. The lists they gave me seemed endless and constantly changing, depending on the current toy…

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What if being bored is good for kids?

Three Ways to Slay the “I’m Bored” Dragon Summer is a time of relaxation and freedom.  It’s unstructured days and late nights;  movies and picnics, wild roller coaster rides at the theme park and lazy days poolside.  But eventually something will probably rear it’s ugly head.  It’s the dreaded “B” word. My kids would usually…

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Friendship Troubles

Friends Making new friends. Handling  challenging situations. Knowing when to move on… What do you do when a friend wants to do something that is unkind, thoughtless, or involves breaking the rules? What do you do when a friend is bossy, self-centered and treats you unkindly? If a friend  treats you badly, is it okay…

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Parenting the Introvert: 6 Reasons to Celebrate

Next week I’ll be teaching parents at the Lovett School in Atlanta about understanding and celebrating their child’s personality styles. It is one of my favorite workshops and always results in lots of “Aha’s” as parents recognize their own and their child’s strengths and blind spots. One of the most common misconceptions about personality styles…

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Six Strategies for a Stellar School Year

It’s the beginning of the school year here in Georgia.  Teachers, parents and students alike are abuzz with anticipation and excitement.  Educators have been hard at work for days; setting up classrooms, planning lessons and getting everything ready for that big first day that sets the tone for the year. First impressions, first days and first…

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3 ways to teach your kids to be leaders

The follower vs. the leader mindset Is your child a leader or a follower? Do you worry that they will cave in to peer pressure? not be able to handle failure? Are you frustrated by their reliance on others to make decisions and solve problems? As parents and educators we all hope for a successful…

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