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photo of how to be a happier parent ME guest, KJ Dell’Antonia

Before contemplating how to be a happier parent, we should think back to when we decided to become parents. We probably envisioned the fun of playing with our children, laughter and conversations around the dinner table and pride and joy in watching our children grow and learn. But, for many of us, we find those…

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photo of when kids call the shots ME guest, Sean Grover

Have you shaken your head in disbelief when kids call the shots and parents allow their children to defy them, berate them or even bully them? Or have you been that parent yourself, allowing your child (tot or teen) to have that authority?   Therapist Sean Grover has seen the consequences of this unfortunate parenting…

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 Advertisers are working hard right now to sell our children on the “must haves” for back-to-school shopping. And even very young children can be seduced by the enticing ads. It’s up to parents to put these demands in perspective and help children make reasonable decisions. As with so many parenting situations, this presents not…

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photo of ME's materialistic children teens guest, Nathan Dungan

Did you know that being less materialistic is associated with greater happiness? Nathan Dungan, founder of Share Save Spend and Mom Enough’s go-to source on kids and money, builds on previous research in a new study that shows how a 3-part learning intervention reduced materialism and increased self-esteem for adolescents who participated.   Nathan joins…

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Thanksgiving everyday

As we gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, we would do well to think about how to make each day one of thanksgiving. In the midst of our busy lives – and especially in a culture that often leads our kids to say, “Give me, give me!” – how can we instill in…

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