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Speaking “Girl”

Speaking “Girl”

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Far be it from me to be the expert on this topic even though I live with two women and have years of experience tormenting a little sister.

On this occasion, I was innocently eavesdropping on a LisaBelle-Dominique conversation, the content of which left me longing for a protocol droid… you know, C3PO? Fluent in over 6 million languages? I’ll bet he doesn’t speak “Girl.”

“So, she told HER but she didn’t tell ME.” That was Dom lamenting to my wife.

“That was mean. I wonder why she did that.”

School Mornings Stress Busters

School Mornings Stress Busters

Well, they are back to school. Added deadlines, obligations, responsibilities, and more. It happens every Fall and yet, we are always overwhelmed with of getting the morning going with less stressors. After all we have just left our “more relaxed” summer for them & you. Here are a few tips to get you on the…

Art: Process Vs Product

Art: Process Vs Product

Our kiddos make such treasures during preschool and elementary school. I have portfolios filled with finger paintings, drawings, collages, stories and more. It is so free, so expressive and so honest. I’ve recently stumbled upon my boys’ artwork and realized the works of art that really stand out to me are the ones that they…

Picture Schedules to the Rescue!!

Picture Schedules to the Rescue!!

Morning routines are one of the most challenging times of day for families with children. Getting people up and out the door in time is a daunting task to begin with, and children are still getting the hang of things like time and focus and following verbal instructions, a skill deficit that could make the…

The Invitation

The Invitation

Throughout the “On Dad’s Watch” years, I’ve written about our son’s Tourette’s. In the early days, his “special” behavior was disguised behind humor, complaints and somewhat exaggerated tales. In latter days, following the “coming clean,” not much changed.

The Art of Summer

The Art of Summer

Happy Summer! It’s my favorite time of the year and I again ask how can the school year go by so quickly!? As my boys continue to grow up, each summer I ask myself how can I provide the best experiences and memories for them. Each year it really varies. I know I need some…

Coloring In The Lines

Coloring In The Lines

How many times have we all heard parents say to their child, “color in the lines.” The demand to “stay within the lines” usually starts with preschool and is often reiterated through early elementary school as children learn how to work spatially, visually and learn to express themselves.

5 Steps to Handling Tantrums

5 Steps to Handling Tantrums

If your child falls and hurts themselves, do you go to them?   Tantrums are no different.  They need you just as much.  Tantrums can come from a multitude of reasons;  they didn’t get their way or maybe their feelings were hurt.  Whatever the reason they need you and will get through it quicker if you…

The Power of a Parent’s Brain

The Power of a Parent’s Brain

Here we are in September! Another school year has begun. I was just preparing for an upcoming workshop and it got me thinking about how difficult change is. I always start a new school year thinking about how incredibly organized I will be. I’ll have lunches ready the night before, clothes prepped and then of…

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