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Are You Creating Panic With Pandemic Entertainment?

“A lot of TV shows and films shut down production in light of the coronavirus. Now that they're following protocols and back on set, some narrative storylines in series like "This Is Us" and the upcoming season of "Grey's Anatomy" are focused on what we're all experiencing in 2020: mask-wearing, ...
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Taming the Holiday Tantrum – Part 2

Our daughter's tantrums push our buttons, no doubt about it. However, if you reframe your perspective on what’s actually happening, you can keep your own emotions from joining the door-slamming party. Last post I responded to some questions on navigating tantrums (including handling yourself). These questions were generated from another ...
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Taming the Holiday Tantrum – Part 1

A while back I wrote an article about navigating tantrums, which generated quite a few questions.  Question #1: Why would a meltdown by an 18-year-old be a tantrum? Does that mean that people of all ages can have one? Question #2: Is a tantrum in teenagers just a meltdown by ...
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Deborah Ann Davis

How Can I Help You?

When I first saw that urine soaked stick change, dread filled me. What if I screwed up my baby's life? What did I know about being a mommy? I was a teacher of tweens and teens, not the mommy of babies! I sure wish there had been someone around to ...
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The Curse of the Cherub

I saw this informative post on https://www.facebook.com/MommiesReviews : "A winter coat can impact the fit of the child’s harness on a safety seat. Nissan safety engineers recommend parents remove their child’s winter coat before securing the child in the seat. #NissanDiversity #NissanSafetySeries #ChildPassengerSafetyWeek Check your child’s fit to his or ...
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National Child Health Day

3 Tips to Honor National Child Health Day Hmmm… a day set aside to observe child health? If the Powers That Be were serious about child health, they’d ban the sales of junk food for the day, or at least ban their advertisements so parents would be less inclined to ...
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The Great What-If…

Do you feel intimidated by the idea of teaching science to your student? Is your student turned off by science? If so, a little re-framing is in order. Science is hands down the most exciting and fun part of learning, plus it encompasses all the other disciplines (reading, writing, math, ...
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Back In the Beginning…

Lately, I’ve been sharing my view that the “new normal” is simply Change, and lots of it. If we wait around for the dust to settle, we’ll get no traction, and we’ll waste valuable living-life time. Instead, I recommend we: let go of trying to establish permanent solutionsaccept the temporary ...
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Get Your Happy On, And Keep It On!

It’s Going To Be Alright

So, how was your very odd summer? Did you adopt a wait-and-see attitude and hold it together? Or, did you stay glued to the news, and maintain a continuous thread of panic? Regardless of how you approached it, here we are. Inevitably, it’s August again, and with it, the end ...
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