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Going to the deep end

September 16, 2019 The deep end can be scary. What’s down there? What if I sink, or get lost? I’m not talking about water, but emotions and relationships. more »»

Homework Help

August 26, 2019 Well, summer is over. It’s back to school, and all the demands and challenges associated with that. The challenge I want to focus on is homework. more »»

Instilling positive values: Walk the walk, talk the talk

May 23, 2019 Every parent has a picture in their mind of how they want their child to turn out. Most parents want their child to be honest, responsible, polite, loving, hard working, and happ. more »»

Notes on blending families

April 15, 2019 The U.S. Census indicates that approximately one third of children today are living in blended families. Studies of family structures children in the U.S. more »»

‘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 »»


Parkersburg Library Toddler Time September 24, 2019

Toddler Time for 2-year-olds and younger is from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Must register. Call (304) 420-4387 ext. 20. more »

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