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Taking Off My Referee Hat

Whether you stay-at-home, work-from-home, work part-time, full-time to list out the number of hats a mother wears on any given day could make “War and Peace” look like a short story.  Executive chef, personal driver, stylist, dentist, hair dresser, therapist, teacher, laundress, nurturer, cleaning lady, budget committee – this just covers the hats I wear […]

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New Orleans Childcare :: Is the Hoffman Early Learning Center Right For You?

Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by New Orleans College Prep.  New Orleans Childcare :: Is the Hoffman Early Learning Center Right For You? We all know that sending our kids off to school for the first time can be a whirl-wind of emotions. Especially here in New Orleans where schooling isn’t necessarily based on […]

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Why We Don’t Use Behavior Charts

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. – Albert Einstein Apparently Einstein and I have something in common as am not a fan of reward charts for behavior. I’ve tried them. Sure, at first, they work great. But then, after a little […]

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Bullying: The Word Hasn’t Changed, But the Definition Has

Interesting fact: We never used the word BULLYING in high school. Bullies were jerks who used fists, stole lunch money, and picked on nerds – they weren’t people who were using words. Pranks, no matter how nasty or unkind, weren’t considered bullying. Gossiping and slandering were just people being callous. Bullying was an aggressive, physical […]

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Parenting Approaches to Growing Self-Control

Disclosure :: this post is sponsored by The Parenting Center. Growing Self-Control Self-control can seem elusive to parents who have spent time chasing young children in the park who aren’t ready to leave, scrubbed crayon marks off walls, and watched a toy launched across the room by a frustrated toddler. Many moms and dads can […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Preschool Intelligence Testing

Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Atlas Psychiatry.  Everything You Need to Know About Preschool Intelligence Testing As a psychologist in New Orleans, one of the most rewarding aspects of my job is helping parents navigate the sometimes choppy waters of school entry. From choosing the right school where your child will thrive, to […]

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Call Your Kids, NOT Their Professors

Call Your Kids, NOT Their Professors There’s nothing quite like the frustration of watching your child underperform. When you know they can do so much better, it’s hard not to get involved. When you’re paying for it, you have an invested right to be vocal. College students are adults, but that doesn’t mean they don’t […]

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My New (School) Year Resolutions

My New (School) Year Resolutions Now that I have finally admitted that I am in fact, in my mid-thirties and a pretty darned responsible mother, the beginning of the school year is infinitely more significant than the start of an actual calendar year. Gone are the days of lighting bottle rockets out of my teeth […]

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