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Be Mindful when you say “Be Nice”

This article is a way for me to express my comments regarding, what I believe, to be one of the most misused words in...


Often I hear parents say, “She is not listening.” I say, “Of course she is hearing you. Perhaps though she is focused on an...
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The True Resilience in My Maui Child

Being a parent of a toddler can be a rewarding and challenging stage in any parent’s life. To be a parent of a temporarily...
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Get out your dictionary and thesaurus. Look up emotions, feelings, and sensations and... surprise, each one is defined by the other! What is a parent...
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4 Great Tips for Parenting in the World of Go-Go-Go

The alarm sounds and your day begins. It’s another busy one with work, errands, dentist appointments, play dates, grocery store visits and chores at...
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Choosing a Maui Pediatrician or Family Practice

As I write this, I am in route to the American Academy of Pediatrics National conference in San Francisco. I will spend four days...
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Organize! Make Family Life Easier!

There is a trend sweeping the nation, which goes against everything our culture has glamorized and strived to maintain for at least the last...
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You Are Enough!

Dear Single Mom, You are enough.  You’ve tried dating. You’ve even had a new significant relationship, even if it ended in more disappointment. You worry that...
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Sibling Dynamics Shape us Too!

We often hear how much our parents shape us, but the ways our siblings relate to and influence us can be just as profound.  For...
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Parenting ~ It is Okay to Feel Sad and Angry Emotions

For many past months, I have been mulling over what I believe is the prime error in our culture, an error that creates an...
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