Parenting Consultant: I’m Just A Girl Who Can’t Say No

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By Ann Brown, parenting consultant I’m sitting on the living room couch as I write this column. My twenty-month old puppy, Phila, is snuggled next to me, her head on my lap. She is snoring happily. I am petting her, completely content. I’m also watching out for Robin because as soon as I see him […]

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How Involved Should I Get In My Child’s School

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By Joe Newman What do you say to a parent who asks, “How involved should I get in school?” Before talking about this question I first want to talk about a more important underlying issue.  Relations between parents and teachers are at an all-time low.  Parents blame teachers for their child’s poor academic performance and teachers […]

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Parents: You Gotta Venture Outside Your Comfort Zone

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By Ann Brown   It’s another rainy afternoon. Perfect for making soup, reading, avoiding work, and napping. You’d think I’d be perfectly happy. But no. I am not snugly in my comfort zone. One of my toes is hanging out. Kids start off with a very small comfort zone. It’s pretty much Baby + Parents. […]

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Kids and All Their Stuff: Enough is Enough

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By Ann Brown, Parenting Coach   Those of you in my classes and parenting groups have heard me start many sentences with, “after the revolution, when I am in charge of the world and we all live on communes in peace and harmony….” But today, I am going to write about what we can do […]

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I Can’t Help Myself: Kids and Impulse Control

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By Ann Brown I’ve been listening to The Four Tops. If you don’t know what I am talking about, if you do not know who The Four Tops are, if you are not familiar with their music, well, then, I really don’t know what to do with you. Maybe a time-out. Oh wait, I don’t […]

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The Problem With Boys

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By: Joe Newman Our boys are in trouble. They are falling behind girls academically, socially, and psychologically. Consider the following: • Boys are 30% more likely to drop out of school before graduation. • Girls outperform boys at all levels of schooling, from elementary to graduate programs. • Boys are 11% less likely to get […]

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