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The Pom Pom Jar: A Simple Idea with BIG Results
The pom pom jar has easily been one of the most powerful parenting tools that I have ever been given. It has helped motivate my kids to have good behavior, and I even think it has helped me to be a better parent.
I’m Ready for Fixer Upper to be Over.
What has happened to the heart and soul of the show that I used to love? In the future, I may still indulge in the occasional Saturday morning re-run (I’m looking at you, pilot episode!), but for now, I’m kissing Fixer Upper goodbye.
Whatever You Do, Stay Off the Roller Coaster!
How many times in my life have I jumped right on that roller coaster with my teen, my elementary aged kid, or even a toddler when things got emotional? How many times have things escalated quickly and badly because I sat down right next to them on that ride instead of taking a step back with my feet firmly planted?
Uncoupling: The Beginning of the End
We had become glorified roommates and that reality was a bitter, jagged pill to swallow. He had pointed it out to me so many times, but I resisted. I didn’t want to allow myself to believe it was true. But he was right. We weren’t a couple anymore. We were two individuals living under the same roof.
My Kids Call Their Step-Mom “Mom” – And That’s OK
Co-Parenting brings forth so many challenges. When the kids go back and forth between two houses, the rules might be more relaxed at one place, meals might be handled differently, bedtimes might be later. There might be disagreements about punishments, privileges, holidays, and many other things. But our kids see how we handle these things – and in our case, it helps so much that everyone gets along and truly cares about one another.