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The Cost of Spanking Our Children

(5) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 5:20 PM


"I got spanked as a kid and I turned out okay."

I often hear this when talking about discipline methods for children. The key word in this sentence is "okay." What is our definition of this term, and is "okay" really what we want...

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Should I Raise My Child With Religion, Or Let Him Choose?

(50) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 11:14 AM


Though we were both raised Catholic, my husband and I made a conscious decision to eschew religion when raising our son. At the risk of facing the ire of in-laws, we decided not to christen him or to subject him to regular mass or...

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How Pageant Parents Teach Us What Not to Do

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 12:07 PM


To most parents Toddlers & Tiaras is so offensive that we can hardly watch it, let alone relate to it. Crazed, crown-obsessed parents dressing up their children like "living dolls" complete with hairpieces, false eyelashes, heavy makeup, spray tanner and hyper-sexualized outfits...

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How Work Saved Me From Postpartum Depression

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 8:29 AM


To many, it may feel like the awareness and understanding of postpartum depression (PPD) -- once a taboo subject -- has increased in recent years. Yet, too much about it is still not discussed, and certainly not candidly.

Maybe I'm generalizing, but the...

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Tips For Bringing Sex Back into Your Relationship

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 8:18 AM

Couples with young children frequently walk into my office a few years into parenting admitting that they don't have sex often enough. They reluctantly agree that they would like to have sex back in their relationship "if only they had more time." So often, parents of young children cannot seem...

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How My Bucket List Has Changed With Age

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 9:48 AM


It's a funny thing. As I get older my bucket list of things I still want to try seems to be shifting to the eccentric. I guess that's par for the course once you've lived seven decades and had the wonderful opportunity to try...

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How Are We Marketing Marriage to Kids?

(4) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 12:59 PM


I'm not an expert. I'm just a separated woman trying to shop for her toddler...and I've got to ask this question. What the hell are we teaching our kids?


This is not a post about gender roles. This is not a...

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The Secret Of A Good Marriage

(4) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 11:37 AM

Today I have a special treat -- I am going to share the secret of a good marriage. "HAHAHA," you say? Well, okay, I can understand that. Considering I am on my second marriage, and that marriage can be rather tumultuous (to say the least), I get why you might...

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How I Discovered My Husband's Affair

(33) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 11:14 AM


So, it's less than three weeks before Christmas. Friday night. Friends are winding down from their work week, decorating the tree with the kids, and maybe getting ready for a Christmas party.

I just learned of my husband's affair.

His birthday was just yesterday....

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Do I Have a Right to Tell My Kids' Stories?

(2) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 11:31 AM


Lately I've been struggling with writing about my boys. When I first started blogging they were young, a toddler and baby. The stories I told may have been about them but they also were mine. When they didn't sleep through the night,...

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Why We Chose to Stop at One Child

(12) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 6:06 AM


About three months after the birth of our first baby, Madeline, the reality of life as a mom really hit me. I was part frantic and part overwhelmed. I had a very rewarding career, and was anxious to return to it while...

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Sex And Other Things That Help Control Mommy Rage

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 11:12 AM

Yesterday I cut the "wrong end of the freezie," which started the 20-minute explosion of my three-year-old. The screen door was open, and I'm sure our neighbours had one hand on the phone to call the police to report a child stabbing. One thing my little three-year-old can do amazingly...

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Six Ways to Deal With Your Picky Eater

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 4:38 PM


Most parents worry about their child's nutritional intake at one point or another, especially when they are dealing with a picky eater. I see this almost daily in my practice -- the conundrum of picky eating. Know that you are not alone...

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25 Ways To Be Green In 2013

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 8:01 AM

The New Year is here and this is the time that many of us decide to make positive changes in our lives. No matter what shade of green you may be, the following list will hopefully give you some inspiration on how to make some eco-friendly changes for...

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Should You Change For Your Marriage?

(28) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 9:21 AM

Once upon a time, I met someone.

He was very impressive, very handsome, and very grown up. He had a collection of letters after his last name that I couldn't keep up with. I immediately felt an urge to stir up his life.

I fell deeply in love, but I...

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Should a Kindergartener Have an iPad?

(2) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 4:50 PM


As parents, it's the conundrum of our generation. Technology: the double-edged sword. It's the future, and our kids need to be fluent in its dialect as early as possible. Yet, on the flip side, how much exposure to gadgetry is acceptable?


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Are We Childhood-Proofing Our Kids?

(4) Comments | Posted December 24, 2012 | 11:06 AM


In the fresh bloom of the pre-school years, I agreed to become a member of the Board. The school was everything early education should be: they played music, hatched butterflies, went on small expeditions, little hands in little hands, a long caterpillar of...

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Elf-On-the-Shelf and Other Lies We Tell Our Kids

(5) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 11:08 AM


Look, I am all about lying to my kid.

From the small lies ("five more minutes, I'm counting.") to the bigger ones (ask my kid what a giraffe says and she earnestly replies, "Hello, I'm a giraffe!"), one of the overlooked joys...

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When Can Children Walk to School Alone?

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 7:45 AM

"Shelby wants to walk to school on her own," a client said to me recently, twisting the scarf she wore until I feared she might choke herself. "I don't know what to do -- tell me what I should do."

Often, the choice of whether or not to allow a...

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Some Parenting Lessons From James Bond

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 11:09 AM


Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel was published in 1953, on the heels of the conclusion of the Korean War and the death of Stalin. It was in these stumbling, toddler steps of the cold war that Casino Royale and its titular...

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