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5 Ways to Protect Your Boundaries

5 Ways to Protect Your Boundaries This Holiday Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Or, for you is it a runaway celebration train of obligations and a mile-long to-do list? You can change that by protecting your personal boundaries.… Read More

How One Mom Stopped People-Pleasing and Got Her Life Back

My favorite day of the year is the day we switch from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time. The clock goes back, giving me a precious extra hour. I always seem to need more time. I don’t recall being in such demand in my 20s. One of the traps is, like most of us, I… Read More


Making Their Lists, But Not Checking Them Twice

Making Their Lists, But Not Checking Them Twice: Why parents can’t – but should – say no. Whether you have toddlers or teens, a parent’s natural tendency is to strive for content and happy children. But, saying yes to what can feel like an endless stream of wants morphs into a damaging cycle that I call “yes-parenting.” Learn… Read More

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Quoted in the News

To Raise Independent Kids, You Have to Set Some Limits (US News and World Report)

Not Going Home for the Holidays? How to let your family down easy (Chicago Tribune)

How to Avoid Family Drama Over the Holidays (

No, a two-letter word we don’t say enough (Work and Family Life)

The Ex Factor: Should you cut ties with your child’s former flame (AARP)

Why 40 is the New 30 for First-time Moms (CBS Sunday Morning (Video))

The Whole Family Under One Roof? (The New York Times)

The Only Child: Perceptions Don’t Have Much to Do with Reality (Seattle Times)

How to Talk to Your Kids About Drug Use (NY Metro Parents)

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