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Tangled- Parents as Mediators

Mediation is the invaluable skill of positive manipulation.

shutterstock_113919517 Parent InvolvementWelcome back to my 5 part series on Parent Involvement called Tangled! (Part I here). A tricky and often messy subject worthy of controversy. In this series, I’ll try and untangle the common parenting dilemmas related to our roles as disciplinarians, mediators, teachers, coaches and therapists.

Kids in conflict. It starts on the playground and doesn’t end until senior prom. Or does it end? In the grips of social media today, sometimes I wake up in a time warp back in middle school. Middle age drama isn’t so different. (Didn’t we mature?!)

Now more than ever, parents need to be great mediators! Sure, there are times to be dictator (stay tuned for Parents as Disciplinarians) but mediating can be the most effective way to prepare your children for the real world. Let’s take a close-up look.

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How To Make a Healthy Pizza

Pizza can be diet friendly and filled to the rim with supreme body fuel.
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Tip the cook instead of the delivery driver

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Exercise Apathy

Even after years of working out, no one is immune to a break-in.

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Lately working out every morning has been a struggle. A mental battle with myself. I just don’t feel like heading to the gym, sweating, breathing hard, exerting myself. I just want to NOT DO IT! I yearn and plead with myself to do something other than work out. Read more

Hoo Rag

Skitz Pick

Simplicity works for the Hoo-Rag™!

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Stuffed Poblanos with Lacinato Kale Jamboree

Can you handle gourmet on a weeknight? I bet you can!
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All stuffed and ready to go (in your mouth!)

The kale of champions!

The kale of champions!

Maybe my definition of “gourmet” is loose as a goose BUT when I prepare a healthy meal that’s better tasting than most of the restaurants we frequent, I can’t help but reinforce my own effort. An effort that took me about…….15 loooooong minutes:)! As usual, no fancy recipes. Check this one out! Read more

Practice Mudita

A buddhist mind-state that is the spiritual medicine for the poisons of jealousy, envy and resentment.

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If we could hear your thoughts when your friend tells you she just got a promotion at her new job when you’ve been working a dead end job for years, what would we hear?

What if you’ve been trying to have a baby and you see a pregnant woman at the store? If your roommate gets an A on her exam that she didn’t study for, and you get a C and studied your butt off?

How do you react to the success and joy of others? How does that joy impact your own life? Ponder these questions and you’ll begin to understand the meaning of mudita. Read more

Breadless BLT+ (Bonus: Snap Pea Salad)

Lettuce is an awesome substitute for bread in many dishes.
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Fork? Hand? Use whatever it takes!

Don't let the leftover lettuce go to waste!

Don’t let the leftover lettuce go to waste!

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Tangled- Parents as Teachers

Teach your kids how to fly before you set them free.

shutterstock_113919517 Parent InvolvementWelcome to my 5 part series on Parent Involvement called Tangled! A tricky and often messy subject worthy of controversy. In this series, I’ll try and untangle the common parenting dilemmas related to our roles as disciplinarians, mediators, teachers, coaches and therapists.

How much you should help your 1st grader on their homework? How should you intervene if you daughter is picked on by other girls? Or should you?

What if your child constantly complains about their teacher? What if your child athlete isn’t maximizing his potential on the playing field?

Should your home be a dictatorship or a democracy?  Do you want your child’s friends to hang out at your house?

You may want to shake or hug me, and that may shift depending on which post in the series you’re reading. With no parenting manual exiting the womb with a crying newborn, we might as well learn from parents whose children are blowing their own bubbles out in the real world.

These parents, like me, now sit back with excitement and trepidation. We watch their bubbles soar up into the blue, praying and hoping not too many pop in their face. We privately yearn for repeated validation that we did our number one job well. Read more

Grocery List Apps I Love

These apps have got your back at the grocery store.

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I have a personal policy when it comes to adding more technology to my life. I ask myself one honest question.

Will this technology save or cost me time? It’s so easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest of apps and gadgets that are designed to add value to your life. And they do. Sometimes. Read more

The 10 Greatest Profits from Living Half a Century

When I do go over the hill I'll be packin' some new knows.

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I’m in my last months as a “40 something”. As I approach that half century mark, I cringe just a little. I don’t feel almost 50! Well, ok, except when I go vertical in the a.m. and hobble until my body’s natural wd-40 slowly finds it way back down to my ankles and feet. But other than that, not so bad. In fact, pretty darn good!

The older you get the more you realize you don’t know. You’ve heard that before. The older you get the more you realize how stupid you used to be. Oh yeah.

I took a look back, then looked ahead, then looked back again, shook my hand in the air, and declared my next birthday a time to celebrate!  Not because I’m over the hill but because I climbed it!

Even if you’re not yet my age, I’m willing to share some of my profits with you. After all, you’ve got your own bag to carry. Maybe knowing these things now will make your load up the hill a little lighter. Read more