Family Concerns

Is Sacrifice a Dirty Word?

Hi, Is sacrifice a dirty word? What is the line between meeting our kids needs and looking after ourselves? It can be a challenging decision. We’re going to take a look at this thorny concept today. The Prime Directive of … Continue reading






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Play is the Essence of Childhood

Hi, One of the joys of my life is watching my grandchildren play. They create fantasy situations, with stories and activities associated with the story they are creating including taking on different personas to fit the game. They involve their … Continue reading






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You Can Help Your Child Remember

Hi, Well it seems that no matter where you live winter is hitting with a vengeance. Now, I am on the west coast of Canada and compared to the rest of the country we get off easy. But, we aren’t … Continue reading






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Time Out NOT The Universal Answer

Hello, When I talk to people about child discipline they want a clear formula for how to change their child’s behaviour. So they look to time out and set rules in place for this choice. But that totally misses the … Continue reading






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M-o-m-m. I want a cookie. Why do kids whine?

Happy New Year, I hope you had a lovely holiday. I must say I did. My grandchildren are 4 ½ and this is the first year that they really understand what the holiday is all about. It was great to … Continue reading






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The Galloping Gimmes

Hi, Christmas is coming, excitement rules.  But are the kids also creating wish lists that would put you in the poor house if you were to buy them everything they want? Let’s take a look at how to help our … Continue reading






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He Dressed Himself!

Hello, It’s been a great couple of weeks for me. I celebrated a major birthday and my gift is humungous (to quote one of my grandson’s favourite words). With my hubby, John, I will be spending a few days in … Continue reading






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When Your Child is Sick: One Family’s Story

Hello, This week, on facebook, I noticed the posts about Childhood Cancer Awareness and decided to talk about it and what you can do to help a family dealing with a sick child. This article is taken from my book, … Continue reading






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Water Safety and Our Kids

Hi, Summer is arriving slowly out here on the west coast, but we have faith it will arrive. And with it will be water play of all sorts.It’s refreshing and fun to play in the water, but we also need … Continue reading






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Baby Talk Leads to Baby Talkers

Hi, From the first word out of our children’s mouths to the long descriptive stories they love to tell as they get older, language is an important piece of child development.So today we’re going to take a quick look at … Continue reading






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