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7 Mistakes To Avoid: Moms Of First-Generation College Student

Mothers of first generation college students have much fear, sadness, excitement as their daughters go off to college. While all that is occurring, it can be hard for moms to avoid mistakes if their daughter is a first-generation college student. As a former university Student Services Professional, there are seven common mistakes that mothers if […]
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Making College Move-In Day “Good-Byes” Good.

  College move-in day “good-byes” are never easy. Why? Because, move-in day good-byes are loaded with all sorts of emotions. Those emotions can contribute to a variety of reactions and responses. For some, reactions—emotions that “act up” again—can range from sadness to snot-crying. For others, responses can range from silence to a simply saying, “Bye.” […]
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Top 3 Lessons Learned: Why “LadyBird” Couldn’t Sing.

  Last night, I saw the movie LadyBird. It’s a poignant film about the relationship between a critical mother and a vocal daughter (“LadyBird”) during the daughter’s senior year of high school. Their outwardly volatile and contentious mother-daughter relationship is only depicted on-screen three times in the: car daughter’s bedroom kitchen. The rest of the […]

Quit It: 5 Keys To Quit The Critiques

  Many moms experience guilt and shame from other people’s critiques regarding their parenting. This mom-shaming behavior often comes from loved ones, especially a mom’s own mom. I grew up with a mom who never lacked for expressing those “little comments.” It seemed that she had an opinion about everything I did, said, or thought. […]
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How To Calm Down: 5 Tips For Busy Moms

Today, it can be very hard for busy moms to calm down. In fact, research shows that nearly 25% of all new moms experience some form of anxiety about motherhood.  And the number is steadily increasing. The health and wellness industry is replete with a myriad of options for helping women calm down. From exercise […]
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How To Raise Independent Daughters: 7 Mistakes To Avoid

  On some level, every well-meaning mom wants to raise  independent daughters. However, sometimes that goal can feel unattainable when she is tugging at your leg or clamoring for your attention. Those “tugging” and “clamoring” moments get expressed in different ways at different stages of her development. Regardless of the stage, it’s in those moments […]
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4 Reasons Disciplining Your Toddler Is HARD

It is important for you to keep some things in mind when disciplining your toddler. The first thing to keep in mind is the definition of discipline. When you hear the word discipline, it’s easy to initially think it means some form of corporal punishment. Images may even cross your mind of some irate adult […]
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How To Prepare Your Child For Kindergarten

She Shared A Kindergarten Knock-Knock Video A mom (“Susan”) recently showed me a short video of her child telling a “knock knock” joke at a pre-K graduation ceremony. From what I could see, this mom’s child was prepared for kindergarten. I watched the video of her little one standing up in front of an audience […]
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The Father Daughter Bond

The father-daughter bond is often overshadowed by the mother-daughter relationship. Why? Because, after a mom gives birth, the child is immediately given to the mother for the initial bonding to take place. All the skin-to-skin contact, the placing of a daughter on the chest/heart of her mom, and the mutual cooing facilitate the bond. This […]
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3 New Tires Every Mother Needs

  During our SUV’s routine oil change a week ago, my mechanic informed me that I would need a new set of tires. I suspected that he might tell me that, given the low-level “thudding” I’d been hearing during the many driving jaunts I have to do as a mother. I scheduled the appointment and […]