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From Default to Intentional Parenting: How to Get the Results You Want

Throughout the years I've attended countless self-development seminars and one thing they all had in common was the intention setting we learned and practiced. An intention is an immeasurable goal. A direction to go. A way you want things to be and feel at the end of a specific journey. When…


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Smart Worker vs. Hard Worker: Are You Teaching What You Believe or What Your Parents Taught You to Believe?

I've been guilty of the statement, “Well, if you gave it all you had and worked hard, that's all that matters.” Came to find out later in life that there's a little more to this sentiment. Most of us grew up with the idea that working hard would get you everywhere, so we teach our kids to work in…


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The “Can Do” Family: Encouraging Bravery and Trials While Feeling the Fear

Just recently, while packing all my stuff, I found a plaque I painted with my kids for Mother’s Day one year. I'd requested to paint it together with them as their present for me. The plaque says “Welcome to the Can Do family” and it was hanging by the entrance to the garage. Initially, I hung it…


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Gratitude Is a Happiness Magnet

How do you teach your child gratitude? And why do you think it's important? Of course, we've all had moments of wanting our children to be a little more grateful for what they have, especially when they're grumpy and unappreciative. It sets off a chain reaction of feelings if my kids are…


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Think What Makes Your Stomach Feel Good: Changing Thoughts Changes Lives

WARNING: I'm going to get into some spiritual terms here. If that's not for you . . . skip to my next article. Most people by now have heard of the more New Age term “Law of Attraction." Spelled out in simple terms: what you focus on, you'll attract more of. This is a reason for why practicing…


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Escalators Are Really Exercise Machines: Flying With Small Kids

In my many years of being a mom, I've traveled with my kids across continents various times. My kids were of different ages and the trips were of different lengths. What I found was that if a put aside my need to be comfortable and actually expected everything to be about the kids, then I was less…