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‘Quality time’ in just a few minutes

March 7, 2019 Almost every magazine article, television or radio program you see talks about how busy the American family is these days, yet how important “quality time” is to the family. more »»

 
 
 
Fight fair with your Valentine

February 6, 2019 Valentine’s Day is a nice reminder to show your love and affection. After the chocolates are all gone, though, you still have to work out your problems. more »»

Kids and social media

January 22, 2019 Growing up in the digital age is something most parents today know nothing about. We have no direct experience of what going through middle school in the era of social media is really like. more »»

Why did Grinch steal Christmas?

December 13, 2018 This holiday season as I watched “The Grinch who Stole Christmas,” I began to think about what made the Grinch so “grinchy”? Several questions came to mind. more »»

Why be thankful?

November 13, 2018 Once November starts, the remainder of the year just flies by with all the plans, festivities and the extra work that goes along with them. more »»

What’s more important than a red balloon?

September 13, 2018 I just watched the movie “Christopher Robin” in which we see Winnie the Pooh and friends rescue an older Christopher Robin from himself. more »»

School: Ground rules to start year

August 23, 2018 Plato is quoted to have said that the beginning is the most important part of the work. more »»

Conversation starters with family

May 4, 2018 On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., I noticed something that I think is becoming a new trend. more »»

Protecting children from sexual abuse

April 4, 2018 This article is a reprint of a column I wrote in 2011. more »»

Social media and bullying

March 8, 2018 Given the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the importance of addressing bullying is at its pea. more »»

More traits of a healthy family

January 26, 2018 Lately I’ve been expanding on Dolores Curran’s book, “Traits of a Healthy Family,” which identifies 15 traits that healthy families exhibit. more »»

Habits of a healthy family

November 16, 2017 Last month’s column introduced the traits of good communication and valuing family time and conversation. more »»

Habits of a healthy family

October 10, 2017 What do healthy families look like? There’s a saying; “Crazy comes in many forms but sanity just has on. more »»

Help your middle-schooler socially thrive

September 21, 2017 So many books and movies illustrate the struggle that adolescents go through in social relationship. more »»

If he really loved me…

May 9, 2017 Let’s talk about assumptions and the havoc they can cause in relationships! An assumption is something that is believed to be true without any proo. more »»

Parents can be ‘kid whisperers’

April 11, 2017 I was in Walmart the other day and this kid, probably about 12, was making farting noises by putting the palm of his hand up to his mout. more »»

Encouraging your child’s identity

March 9, 2017 Who our children become is important to parents, and the level of this importance is seen in how much time, money and effort parents devote to their kid. more »»

Resolve to be a happier person

January 19, 2017 Happy New Year! Have you made any resolutions for the New Year? Making New Year’s resolutions is a very good idea. They really do work! Research by John C. more »»

Couples aquire relational principles

January 19, 2017 In families, the most important relationship is the mother-father relationship. You’ve heard it said that “happy parents make happy kids?” It’s true. more »»

Thank you for your phoneless time

November 1, 2016 In the last ten years, its become commonplace to try and have a real-life conversation while also looking at our phones. more »»

Get a Strategy!

September 1, 2016 By the time you are reading this, school will have been in session for about a month. more »»

 
 

Parkersburg Library Storytime March 20, 2019

3 & 5 year-olds Story Hour 10:30-11:30 a.m. Registration required, call 304-420-4587. more »

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Read Aloud WV

February 6, 2019 Back this fall, my co-worker wrote about a program in need of volunteers locally, Read Aloud WV. After writing about it, he wanted to volunteer and was asking if any of us also wanted to join. more »

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