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Guiding our children to become the best versions of themselves and our future leaders is a big job. It is also one of the most joyful and rewarding experiences of my life.

Susan Arthur
President, The ABCs of Everything, LLC
MA, Counseling Psychology

Love Who You Are (And Who You Are Not)

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We are often told that self-love is the foundation for our ability to extend love to others but sometimes that can be a challenge. Instead of seeing the best of who we are, we tend to focus on what we are lacking or our imperfections. I am never going to be good at math or figuring out social media (still don't know how I share ...
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Happy Mother’s Day Worldwide

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​The celebration dates may not be the same in every country but Mothers everywhere are celebrated. We moms are truly unified in our devotion and love for our children and families no matter where we live or what we do. Worldwide Mothers are honored for how much they mean to us. Mothers Day in Mexico Dia de las Madres, is May 10 in Mexico. It's a hu...
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Really Going Green

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"Let's pause to fully grasp within, This sense of living green, We hear this word so often said, But what does this word mean?"   This is an excerpt from my latest book, "The ABCs of Living Green" and one that I'd like to elaborate on. We've all been talking about going green, which for most people means recycling, composting and reducing our ...
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Encouraging Imagination

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"Imagination is more important than knowledge" Albert Einstein ​ It seems these days there is a lot of emphasis on structured learning and at younger and younger ages. Are our children getting enough unstructured time to engage their imagination? Much research has been done around the value of imagination for successful learning and found that chil...
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Does It Matter If Your Child Reads A Physical Book Or Reads On A Screen?

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With kids facing so many distractions these days, reading is a great opportunity for redirection. It's a well-known saying, "first you learn to read, then you read to learn".As your kids grow older, they learn more enthusiastically if they love the act of reading itself when they are young enough to form a relationship with the written word. This s...
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Getting Kids To Go To Sleep

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As a parent, getting your kids to go sleep at night can be quite a challenge. Having a child that goes right to sleep at bedtime is like winning the lottery and probably about the same odds. As difficult as it can be it's still one of the most important things you can do for your child's well being and your own sanity. Every child is different in t...
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Eating Dinner Together Is More Than A Meal

Eating Dinner Together Is More Than A Meal
I've always believed that food is love and sharing a meal together is a wonderful bonding experience. In the less hectic past, family dinners were the norm. However, with the demands of current work schedules, commutes and outside activities, getting everyone together at one time for a family meal is more challenging. It's challenging but not impos...
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Helping Kids Through School Transitions

Helping Kids Through School Transitions
A new school year is right around the corner and I remember how much time and effort was spent getting ready for that first day of school. Long lists of what needed do be done, getting new clothes, lunch boxes, backpacks, and school supplies. Then moving on to logistics – car pool schedules, bus passes and after school arrangements. This is the pra...
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It's Just A Toy

It's Just A Toy
I recently attended an event, which was giving out little gift items to the participants. One of the items looked like a cute little doll action figure. I thought – great I'll give this to my granddaughter. When I opened the packaging and looked closer at the doll (this time with my glasses on) I was unpleasantly surprised. It was a little girl dol...
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My Child Was So Disappointed - How Can I Help?

My Child Was So Disappointed - How Can I Help?
As parents, more than anything else, we want our kids to be happy. When something happens that causes them to be sad or disappointed, I think we suffer even more than they do. Our first impulse is to try to find a way to fix the situation and make them feel better. This is not always the best response. Disappointment is a part of life that we ...
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When Is It Time To "Unplug" - Setting Limits On Screen Time

When Is It Time To "Unplug" - Setting Limits On Screen Time
There is an enormous amount of digital interaction available to kids of all ages. A lot of what is being offered is really great; it's educational, has positive messages and gives parents a little break. The challenge is in figuring out when too much of a good thing becomes detrimental. The US Department of Health and Human Services estimates ...
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The Endless Summer - Part 3 - Go Outside And Play!

The Endless Summer - Part 3 - Go Outside And Play!
​ As children growing up we were always being told to "go outside and play" especially on weekends. This was also the standard response when we voiced our frustration about "having nothing to do". Of course times have changed.  Now kids have access to so many different types of electronic entertainment that they never need to be bored. This is...
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A Thoughtful Gift For Dad

A Thoughtful Gift For Dad
I want to share this simple, but very sweet Father's Day craft project I found on the Fun Handprint Art website. All you need is some finger paint, poster board, fun stickers and a black marker. You can add additional bling, photos, or anything else you think dad would like. For a more finished look, you can put this art in one of those inexpensive...
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