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There's nothing worse than hearing the dread phrase, "I'm so bored!" If you let it, it nibbles at your peace like a piranha. Intellectual self-care for you means teaching your kids how to handle boredom. #boredom #summer #parenting #kids #vacation

“I’m so bored!” What to do when Your Kids Complain

There’s nothing worse than hearing the dread phrase, “I’m so bored!” If you let it, it nibbles at your peace like a piranha. Intellectual self-care for you means teaching your kids how to handle boredom.

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Seven signs your child needs a therapist that every parent should know. If we want to practice balanced self-care, we need to stay aware of the needs of our children. The greatest gift you can give your kids is the tools to ensure that they have good mental health. #mothersday #mentalhealth #4Mind4Body #therapist

How to Know if Your Child Needs a Therapist

Seven signs your child needs a therapist that every parent should know. If we want to practice balanced self-care, we need to stay aware of the needs of our children. The greatest gift you can give your kids is the tools to ensure that they have good mental health. #mothersday #mentalhealth #4Mind4Body #therapist

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Lies My Teacher Told Me: Young Readers' Edition is a must-have for every history teacher and homeschooling parent in the United States. #history #UShistory #homeschool

Why Homeschooling Parents Need Lies My Teacher Told Me

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Young Readers’ Edition is a must-have for every history teacher and homeschooling parent in the United States. #history #UShistory #homeschool

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How to be a Better Grandparent

I’ll admit, having a grandson for 2.5 years probably doesn’t make me an expert in grandparenting. But I have learned a thing or two along the way. Being a better grandparent begins with being a better parent. When your children grow up enough to get married or get pregnant (no matter what the order), it’s time for you to release them. They turn into friends and you get to forget that you ever changed their dirty diapers and used to…

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How to Avoid Toddler Meltdowns When Flying

Pre-Flight Instructions for Traveling with Littles (aka Granny Geek’s Guide to Traveling with Toddlers) If you have children going along when you fly, your preparation should include more than packing your suitcases. This applies to long car trips as well. Little people often struggle with change—and I don’t blame them. Routines make them feel secure, and when they don’t feel secure, they will likely experience meltdowns. First of all, make sure they understand (at an age-appropriate level, of course), that…

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The Power of Encouragement to Change Relationships

The week’s edition of Self-Care Sunday focuses on spirituality (don’t confuse it with religion). Part of my spiritual walk involves growing in areas where I demonstrate weakness. I confess to not having a natural talent for encouraging others. I’ll share a lesson I learned about troubled relationships and encouragement. Trouble “Can I borrow your cell phone?” she asked me the first week of school when I stood outside on playground duty. “What grade are you in?” I asked. “Fourth. I…

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Book Talk Tuesdays: What to Do if You Have a Reluctant Reader

Raving Readers Chase Delivery Trucks If you want to read the whole story, check out a post I wrote last year about turning reluctant readers into voracious readers. You might wonder, “Why is my child a reluctant reader?” Good question! I confess that I started life as a reluctant reader. My dad read to us every night, and I loved listening, but I didn’t want to read. When I started school, I disdained the reading textbooks. Dick and Jane lived…

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The Importance of Speaking Well of Your Children

Self-Care Sundays For the next eight months, I’ll continue the MAPS theme from my Write 31 Days Challenge. I strongly feel that in our self-indulgent culture, we often lose sight of the difference between nurturing ourselves and indulging ourselves. Occasional indulgence won’t hurt anyone, but a steady diet of indulgence that overlooks actual self-care can leave us feeling empty and confused. The acronym MAPS stands for Mental, Academic/Artistic, Physical and Spiritual—the four areas of our lives that we need to…

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When it’s OK to Call Your Kids a Friend

Why DID We Have Kids? “Mom, why did you and Dad have kids?” Sarah asked a few years ago. “Because we knew that when you guys became adults we’d have two awesome friends.” I quipped. “But didn’t you tell us that we couldn’t be friends?” Sarah reminded me. “No. We said we couldn’t be friends until you’re 18 and out of high school.” “Oh, yeah,” she said. “Kids need boundaries and mentoring. They don’t need the burden of having an…

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