Back to School Success: It Starts With Me

Well, the first week of school is down and the 2012-13 school year is off and running.   I must confess, I am not a fan of the first day of school mostly because it signals the end of my summer vacation.  Oh how I will miss the flexibility of summer: the lack of schedule, eating dinner fresh from the garden, cannon balls in the pool and homemade ice cream.   No, summer bliss is now replaced with hurried mornings, back to normal bedtimes, lunches, homework assignments and the favorite morning pastime of searching for the preschooler’s missing socks.  Right…

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Motherhood and Dogs

Have you ever just been so busy and lost in the details and pressures of motherhood that left your brain feeling like mush and your body like a scrambled egg?  For hours on end swarms of thoughts consume your mind at one time that you forget the simplest things like taking dinner out of the oven, or missing an appointment because you forgot to write it down or even just the luxury of eating or going to the bathroom. What mother hasn’t forgotten to set the alarm clock because she was so tired from staying up at night with her…

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A Graduation Wish For Graduates of All Ages

It’s Graduation season.  So here is a wish for graduates of any age: preschool, elementary, jr high, high school or college. Congratulations kids and Moms!  

Bullying: What Moms Need To Know

Bullying is something that touches the heart of almost every mother.  Recently, I asked my friend, colleague and bullying expert Kary Valdes, LCSW her thoughts on bullying. 1. Bullying has become a constant topic in the news over the past few years. As a child and adolescent therapist, what do you think moms need to know about bullying? I think that everyone needs to realize that Bullying is not going away. It has been around since the beginning of time and is part of human behavior. Bullying happens in all aspects of life, not just in schools. It happens in church, at the…

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Testing From The School of Motherhood

This week our school will be conducting the cumulative testing that takes place every year.  We’ve received notes of the importance of getting a good night’s sleep, a proper breakfast…and the biggie in our house…Don’t be late!   As a parent, I recognize the significance of an education.   And I am so indebted and humbled by the countless ways teachers every day utilize their unique gifts to help educate young minds.    It’s surely not my calling. Yet, as a mom, we encounter a different curriculum.  What if there were a yearly test for how my children demonstrate their…

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