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  • Smiling teenage girl on a beach

    When Choice Isn’t A Choice

    Long before I knew the term “disordered eating,” I knew its environment. My stunningly beautiful mother maintained her perfectly-proportioned, svelte figure with Carnation Instant Breakfast, cigarettes for hunger control during the day and an enormous, home-cooked, delicious meat, potatoes, salad and vegetable dinner every night. Sweets and sugar were forbidden, but sour cream was encouraged—low-fat, […]

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  • Self-Confidence Matters

    Self-Confidence Matters

    Shy, a little bit anxious, and afraid to make waves, I was never self-confident as a child. I second-guessed almost every thought that crossed my mind and was paralyzed in the face of decisions, both big and small. I was afraid to be wrong. I was petrified to make mistakes. I only wanted to please. […]

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  • Laugh and the Whole World Laughs with You!

    Laugh and the Whole World Laughs with You!

    It seems that laughing can be contagious.  Have you ever found yourself laughing after you see someone else laughing?  You don’t know why you are laughing but just seeing someone laugh can cause you to do the same.  Wouldn’t you rather catch a laugh then a cold or the flu?

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  • The Ageless Possibilities of Imagination

    The Ageless Possibilities of Imagination

    Walt Disney called it “Imagineering” and made imagining fun for all ages! Young children make sense of the world through play and by using their imaginations.  They learn social and emotional skills through play and interaction with their peers and with adults.

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  • How Do You Limit Your Child's Screen Time? There's an App for That!

    How Do You Limit Your Child’s Screen Time? There’s an App for That!

    In the coming years, technology will continue to play a large role in our children’s lives.  I’m sure you have seen YouTube videos of babies and toddlers swiping through their parents’ iPads, knowing exactly what they are looking for!

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  • A Few of My Favorite Apps

    A Few of My Favorite Apps

    I will admit to being addicted to certain endless runner type games on my iPhone.  All in the name of research as The iPhone Mom! But when it comes to my children, I try to limit their time with this style of app and direct them to more productive apps instead.  One area that iPads […]

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  • Children's Interactive Books

    Children’s Interactive Books

    I love to read.  I have about 10 books on my nightstand waiting for attention and I am in the middle of about three different books.  Before I had four children I read every chance I could get and would often stay up until 2am to read just one more chapter.  Once the kids came […]

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  • Tool #3 for Resilience

    Tool #3 for Resilience

    As we all know, life can be very generous in delivering challenges. A key component to true and lasting happiness is learning the skill of resilience, the ability to bounce back from challenging times. Unfortunately, the only way for your child to really learn resilience is to actually work through times of challenge, adversity, or […]

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  • Tool #2 for Confidence

    Tool #2 for Confidence

    In today’s world of point cards, smiley-face stickers, and candy rewards, children are learning to feel confident only when someone else rewards them for their accomplishments. If a child feels confident only when she is rewarded or when she wins or when she does better than someone else, she is basing her entire self-worth on […]

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  • Tool #1 for Focus

    Tool #1 for Focus

    Being present, focused and aware is the starting point to happiness and greatness. However, we often spend too much time thinking about either the past or the future. When we think too much about the past, it can lead to depression. When we think too much about the future, it can lead to anxiety. Both […]

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