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Awesome Advice for Moms of Students Transitioning to a New School

New schools are scary. Gone are the days of the one room schoolhouse, so most kids have to transition to a new school at least a couple of times during their educational journey. Growing up, my rural town used every available space to house their students. To start, I attended ...
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Awesome Advice for Moms of Students Who Need to Study Effectively

Do you still have that How To Manual that came with your student? No? Maybe I can help. This is one of the more typical issues moms have when questioning their parenting effectiveness. An Awesome Mom’s Question Dear Deborah, What is your best tip for students that need to learn ...
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Awesome Advice For Moms of Girls Who Want Crop Tops

Do you still have that How To Manual that came with your kid? No? Maybe I can help. This is one of the more popular inquiries I get when moms are questioning their parenting style. An Awesome Mom’s Question About Crop Tops Dear Deborah, What should I let my daughter ...
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Advice for Awesome Moms: How to Reclaim Your Life During the Holidays

How To Be a Better Mom During the Holidays With the holiday season staring you in the face, how are your plans coming along? I mean, the ones for how you’re going to stay sane throughout? You know, those plans that entail supporting yourself during these trying times with Me ...
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Awesome Advice for Moms on How to Re-connect with Your Post Pandemic-Panic Teenagers (Part 2)

In my last post, I mentioned that a couple of years ago, the entire planet was panicking because Covid-19 was sweeping through our population. Today’s teenagers were pulled out of middle school while you scrambled to continue their education. Eventually, most of our kids returned to high school, along with ...
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Awesome Advice for Moms on Re-connecting with Your Post Pandemic-Panic Teenagers (Part 1)

A couple of years ago, the entire planet was panicking over the realization that Covid-19 was sweeping through our population. Today’s teenagers were pulled out of middle school. Parents and teachers alike scrambled to continue their education while wondering about their own safety. Eventually, most of our kids returned to ...
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Teenage Tantrums? Venn Diagrams to the Rescue

Not all teenage girls fly off the handle, or blow things out of proportion. But Mom, if you happen to be living with your very own human rollercoaster, it can be very difficult to find resolution for many topics, and especially the more volatile subjects. Deborah’s Sage Parent Coaching Advice… ...
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Ways to Parent with the Venn Diagram

An Awesome Mom's Solution to Teenage Crop Tops and Revealing Clothing It might not seem like the minor skirmishes between mothers and daughters carry much weight, especially when you're looking at the major problems (like sex and drugs). Nevertheless, don't underestimate those small irritating moments, because if you accumulate enough ...
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How Did I Get Here?*

The Unexpected Journey From Teacher to Author My mom says I’m the only person she knows who likes to pull up her roots and move. Born in Kentucky, raised in Connecticut, educated in Massachusetts and Georgia, life was good. And then, just to put icing on a gluten-free cake, out ...
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