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How to Help Struggling Students: Parenting Advice for Awesome Moms

If you have high schoolers or middle schoolers, this would be a good time to take a look at the first two marking periods, evaluate and assess their progress, and make some Fresh Start Resolutions. HOWEVER, this is not the time or place to be judgmental (“You did good." "You ...

How To Track Progress (part 3): Parenting Advice for Awesome Moms 

There are so many ways to approach building a new positive habit, however the key component of success is SELF-FORGIVENESS. It's a rare situation where one decides to make a change, and SHAZAAM! the change is permanently made. Most of us tend to revert to our old comfortable habits - ...

The Next Year Of Your Mother-Daughter Relationship: Parenting Advice for Awesome Moms  

Has This Past Year Been a Struggle for Your Mother-Daughter Relationship? It's reflection time, people... clear-headed, objective reflection, void of self-blame or criticism. Objectively speaking, did the number of times you and your daughter clashed increase last year? I hope you're not trying to figure out who's at fault. If ...
lifestyle and habits

How To Track Progress (part 2): Parenting Advice for Awesome Moms 

New Habit = Lifestyle Change Is there some aspect of your lifestyle that you'd like to tweak? Typically, as you grow and mature, your view of life, and how you fit into it, changes as your circumstances change. THAT'S NORMAL! If you'd like to see some improvements to your life, ...

“Fairly Certain” Meets “When Harry Met Sally”

My friend Bill and his wife were both showing horses in a Texas competition, one of their many friendly rivalries. Although Bill had one of the best performances of his career, to his surprise he failed to place even in the top ten. His wife, on the other hand, was ...
Disconnected Girl

Close the Gap Between You and Your Daughter: Parenting Advice for Awesome Moms 

That Was Then... This Is Now Remember when your relationship with your daughter was all hugs and giggles? Is it still that way, or has a vast gap been growing between you and your precious girl? Are you unsure how to handle the eye-rolling and door-slamming behaviors that seem to ...
Parenting During the Holidays

A Smoother Holiday Season with Parent Coaching 

Merry Meddling, and Happy Holidays to ALL You Awesome Moms Out There As Deborah Ann Davis - Meddling Mom, I’d like to wish Merry Meddling and a Happy Holiday Season to all of you! I'd also like to invite you to take a deep breath, step back, and let it ...
100 Mile Challenge

How To Track Progress (part 1): Parenting Advice for Awesome Moms 

Visuals To Help You Track Your Progress A new beginning can mean a Rebooted You. We all think about it as one year comes to a close, and another unfolds before us. What would you like to change? You do realize, of course, that actually forming a new habit is ...

Sneak Peek at The Ultimate Parenting Toolkit: Connecting With Kids in a Disconnected World: Part 3

Are you a mom riding the emotional parent-child rollercoaster with a moody, irritable teenager? This is the third of three sneak peeks at my next course, The Ultimate Parenting Toolkit: Connecting With Kids in a Disconnected World. I chose this segment from Busting Those Parenting Myths, since this month’s theme ...
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