All Blog Posts Tagged 'communication' (48)

The year of no weddings

When I was in my mid-20s, there was a three-year period where every other weekend I had a wedding (or wedding-related party) to go to. I bought items off registries, made appropriate wishes for the bride and groom and tried to not make any wardrobe blunders caught forever in someone else's wedding album.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 11, 2014 at 6:17am — No Comments

Mommy is failing at school

Within the span of his short life, my son has been to two schools. He attended the first school from the extremely tender age of six weeks old and only left it after we moved, right before his fourth birthday. In that first school, he made his first friends, and there was a core group of them that moved from room to room. It became natural for me to know them and for them to know me. I've painted their faces, talked to them upon pickup,…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 24, 2014 at 6:32am — No Comments

Won't you be my neighbor?

When I was little, we spent a lot of time with our neighbors. The teenage daughter was our babysitter, the older son cast us in the adventure movies he liked to direct and we would go over to their house for parties often.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 2, 2014 at 6:54am — No Comments

Hey, Dads: Is this really worth arguing over?

My husband and I were friends for years before we became a couple. All those years of friendship added up to lots of funny stories about mutual friends and was a great way to determine how compatible we are. Since the time of our transition from buddies to spouses, we've had relatively few arguments. Sure there are areas where we don't always see eye-to-eye, but overall, we are on the same page.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 19, 2014 at 6:34am — 2 Comments

How does a pterodactyl say I love you?

There is a video of my son at seven months old. He is in his high chair with a sippy cup in front of him. In the video I ask him, "What does a baby pterodactyl say?" And he proceeds to screech and giggle in a manner that I find faintly Jurassic and very funny.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 5, 2014 at 6:28am — No Comments

Inspiring Resilience, Creating Hope

May is National Mental Health Awareness month. We have come a long way as a nation over the last couple of decades in how we view mental health issues, however, we still need to continue to improve the way people with a mental illness are viewed and treated.

Mental health is simply our emotional, mental, and spiritual health. It is just as important as our physical health. In fact, the two go hand-in-hand. It is important for us to realize that people of all ages, race, ethnicity,…

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Added by Stacy Hladek on May 13, 2014 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Autism and Creative Activities

Any form of creativity helps kids with autism express themselves and discover new forms of communication. Creating art helps bridge the complicated gaps between “normal” and “different.”

A close friend and mom to an autistic son has recently started series of creative workshops for autistic children to…

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Added by Katka Konecna-Rivera on July 28, 2013 at 8:46am — No Comments

Midnight Milkshakes, Blanket Forts, and Other Family Fun

One of the best ways to develop relationships and build confidence is to have fun together as a family.  I just discovered there is a month long celebration aimed at that very thing, strengthening families and building healthy, confident kids.  National Family Month is exactly what it sounds like, a celebration of family.   It runs annually from Mother's Day to Father's Day. 

An easy way to have fun with your kids is to remember what you enjoyed when you were their age and then do it…

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Added by Stacy Hladek on June 14, 2013 at 3:50pm — No Comments

The Dreaded Sex Talk

Birds do it.  Bees do it.  And God knows WE sure do it.  But unfortunately for me, it looks like I'm gonna have to talk…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on April 10, 2013 at 10:48am — No Comments

One Big Happy Family. (By Sarah Senst)

How do we achieve happiness as a family, especially when you consider varying personalities, interests and communication styles? Not to mention different genders and ages, two-adult homes and one-adult homes? I recently read an article based on a book by Bruce Feiler on this very topic. He introduces some interesting facts and concepts I think worthy of sharing. In our incredibly fast paced lives, full of stress and worry how do we find peace at home?

I think most people have heard…

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Added by Stacy Hladek on March 4, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Parents? 5 Tips For Raising Your Kids Together

Five tips to be better parents as a married couple. 

When our daughter was two hours old, I looked at my husband and stated matter-of-factly, "You better have a good relationship with her for her entire life because there will come a time that you may be all we have." He just stared at me like I had horns coming out of my head and said, "She's two hours old, how could you possibly be thinking about her future?"

My reply, "Girls are tough to raise. They need strong men…

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Added by Stacy York on September 27, 2012 at 3:20pm — No Comments

8 Valuable Parenting Lessons I Learned From My Dog

How your pooch can teach you to be a better parent.

Our dog Duke has been so depressed this week. He's a lovable yellow lab who is always willing to run with the kids, chase a ball or go for a long walk by the river. Not this week. He lays on the couch, mopes to his bowl for his breakfast and then returns to the couch.

So, why is this week different? School has started and he is missing our daughter. He misses her so much that he sleeps in her room every night and jumps…

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Added by Stacy York on September 27, 2012 at 3:18pm — No Comments

Do You Have Difficulty Communicating With Your Child?

Why you should learn to speak your child's language, and not the other way around.

I find myself constantly talking about communication in my office. I always ask, "what is your tone of voice?" "What is your body language saying?" "How are you delivering your message?" "What is your child trying to say through his behavior?" "What are you trying to say through your behavior?" There is a constant discussion about communication.

Yet in my own life, I continue to make some…

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Added by Stacy York on September 27, 2012 at 3:15pm — No Comments

They Gassed Me

Last week I learned a valuable lesson about communication.  It was during an emergency oral surgery that experienced this epiphany.  There is nothing like being laid far back in a dental chair filled with laughing gas and feeling not quite yourself. 

I had things I had wished I could share with my kids, learned about about how important it is to understanding communication and not just language itself.  And I learned some things about my own self talk. 

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Added by Gen Horrall on September 25, 2012 at 7:09pm — No Comments

School readiness; are you, the parent ready? (By Sarah Senst)

At this point in September most of our children are settled back in school. How about the parents? It is common for kids to experience varying anxieties as school nears. It may be the first day jitters, middle-school transition or new peer pressures in high school. It is also common for parents to experience worries of their own. Today’s parents are faced with a number of school issues regarding their children. Parents may be concerned about the child’s readiness to start school, their…

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Added by Stacy Hladek on September 12, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Tell me with your eyes!

Check out my post on a cool medical technology.  Tell me with your eyes

Added by Abby Billings on August 1, 2012 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Dealing with tragedy. (By Sarah Senst)

We are in East Denver not 5 miles from the events of last night’s tragedy. Many, many people have and will be affected from this horrific night. All people experience trauma and hearing about trauma differently. Below are some suggestions for talking to your kids about what they hear on the news and from friends and how to address common fears and concerns:…

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Added by Stacy Hladek on July 20, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Steps to Deal with Bullying

 

By Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. and Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D.

 

Remember what it was like to be in school, afraid of the big bully in the neighborhood? The documentary Bully reignited the national dialogue about this challenge for kids, following several students and their families over the course of one school year.

 

Bullying is pervasive in our society today – research indicates that one in three children have been…

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Added by Sandwiched Boomers on May 18, 2012 at 2:41am — No Comments

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