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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 »»

Teenagers: Some parenting tips

May 9, 2016 Teens have a developmental stage all their own. Its called “Identity vs. Role Confusio. more »»

Helping child understand psychiatric diagnoses

March 7, 2016 Anyone out there have a child diagnosed with ADHD, depression, anxiety or other mental disorders? This article addresses the challenges associated with your child being given a psychiatric diagnosi. more »»

Social media guidelines

February 9, 2016 Parents today are truly pioneers in parenting during the internet age. Now, we face a new challenge with how to wisely use social media. more »»

Transition to parenthood

January 14, 2016 Parenthood is great in many ways. Becoming a parent, however, is a growth process and it takes a lot of learning through trial and error. more »»

Holiday time: A focus exercise

December 7, 2015 Do you remember that Folgers commercial from the 1980s; “Peter comes home for Christmas?” Peter is the oldest son who just arrives home (because of a delayed flight or something) on Christmas mornin... more »»

 
 

Parkersburg Library Toddler Time October 16, 2018

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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