Author Archives: Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

About Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

Jackie has volunteered for more than twenty years for children and family issues. Currently she writes for parents in the "Reminder" and "Parent Rap" Facebook page. If you are interested in receiving the "Reminder," send her a message.

Pets Enhance Our Lives


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | March 4, 2015 Nature is filled with wondrous things that are sure to delight children of all ages. Children are born with inquisitiveness about the world around them. As a child I often marveled at … Continue reading

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Connecting School to Material Wants


Kids today handle more money than their parents did as children and some do not yet know the value of a dollar. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | February 25, 2015 When I first left home as a teenager, I was … Continue reading

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Parenting Pretend: Fake It Till You Make It


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | February 18, 2015 Twenty-six years ago an army assembled behind me for moral support… and they never left. It seems so long ago that I attended my first Parents Anonymous meeting; the issue driving me … Continue reading

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Anger: What You Can Do


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | February 11, 2015 Anger can steal your peace of mind and add untold stress to our lives. There are many things I would not do when I am angry: Drive a car, answer the phone, … Continue reading

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Beat the Winter Blahs


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | February 4, 2015 Am I the only one with the winter blahs? Punxsutawney Phil, that groundhog predictor of spring weather, says winter is here to stay well into March and that means many of us … Continue reading

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Snow Days Remembered


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | January 28, 2015 Tell me, do you prefer your hot chocolate with marshmallows whole, dissolved or none at all? My children are grown and off growing their careers but they left me something very important … Continue reading

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When Kids Don’t Seem To Eat Enough


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | January 21, 2015 Many parents have worried about their child not eating enough, me included. A member was recently concerned about whether or not their child was eating enough to be healthy and it reminded … Continue reading

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Teach Kids School Bus and Pedestrian Safety Again and Again


“Okay, kids, what is the giant-step rule?” By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | January 14, 2015 Parents tell children about pedestrian and school bus safety but there is still a good chance they have forgotten what was said. • My older … Continue reading

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We Do Not Celebrate Christmas Like Most Folks


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | December 17, 2014 My husband grew up with his aunt and uncle who were Jehovah’s Witnesses so Christmases for us were strained at best. Finally, when my girls were two and five we decided to … Continue reading

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The Conference Exercise That Made Me Think


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | December 3, 2014 After reading the post, Great (and Not So Great) Expectations  from two weeks ago, I received a comment from a reader that had a childhood not unlike many of us. I was … Continue reading

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Gratitude Paradox: Teaching What Works


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | November 26, 2014 Halloween is when the first inklings of holiday music appear but Thanksgiving is the true ready-set-go that unleashes the December frenzy. Many parents feel powerless to do anything but go with the … Continue reading

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Great (and Not So Great) Expectations


Expectations can either elevate or deflate us, depending on how it comes into play. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | November 19, 2014 In my Parents Anonymous Group, the topic of expectations came up for discussion after a parent called their … Continue reading

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Parents Anonymous and STEP Changed Our Outcomes


Stopping my anger was like trying to stop a runaway train and I could almost predict what would happen if child protective services got involved. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | November 12, 2014 Thankfully, Dinkmeyer, McKay and Dinkmeyer were there … Continue reading

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Parents Anonymous’ Bonus Effect


“Parents Anonymous is the greatest thing since sliced bread,” I’d say, and the next question is, “If it works so well, then why did you attend for so long?” By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | October 5, 2014 The answer to … Continue reading

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Stroking: What It Is and How It Works


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | October 29, 2014 “Stroking” is something that one of our Parents Anonymous facilitator mentioned often to members. It is such a simple thing, really, but something we may not think of too often. Stroking is … Continue reading

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Veterans Day Resources


Veterans Day is an official United States holiday that honors all people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and are known as veterans. Veterans Day coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day in other parts of the world … Continue reading

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Halloween: Toes, Worms and Eyeballs


Great memories sometimes only need a little planning and an active imagination. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | October 22, 2014 As a teenager Katie provided childcare for our Parents Anonymous Group caring for young kids while parents met. She planned … Continue reading

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Halloween and Mischief Night Safety for Children


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | Revised October 8, 2014 It is a child’s job to have fun on Halloween and it is a parent’s job to keep them safe while they do that. Mischief Night “Mischief Night” or “Devil’s Night,” … Continue reading

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Easy Parenting Part III – The Don’ts List


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | October 1, 2014 Here are a few don’ts that found their way onto my easy parenting list; some came from the Freehold Parents Anonymous Group members and one came from Chelsey – who felt we … Continue reading

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Easy Parenting Part II


From the outside looking inward, couples never imagine how time-intensive parenting will be until they are swamped in diapers, homework and play dates. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | September 24, 2014 Children consume a great deal of effort, energy and … Continue reading

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Easy Parenting Part I


Honestly, some of those parenting methods need a PhD to explain how it is supposed to work! By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | September 17, 2014 A new member to the Parents Anonymous Online Groups once asked me to give her … Continue reading

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Halloween Resources


Halloween may be one of children’s favorite holidays of the year with parents and grandparents are not be far behind! Kids certainly enjoy carved Jack-O’-Lanterns with their eerie glow. In the links below you will find: History, crafts, decorating, educational, … Continue reading

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Weather Changes Affect Children’s Behavior


Fall weather can be unpredictable and changes in weather can alter children’s behavior. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | Updated September 10, 2014 When my girls were school-aged, the topic of weather and our children’s behavior came up in my Parents … Continue reading

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Social Media Poster: “Respect for Others”


Ranting is not something I regularly engage in but… By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | September 3, 2014 As many of you know, I volunteer for Parents Anonymous of New Jersey, a leader in the prevention of child abuse. If you … Continue reading

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Getting To School On Time


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | August 27, 2014 Seeing a big yellow school bus instantly reminds me of Chelsey and Katie’s experiences catching a ride; frantic searches for things to cram in their backpack and teeth half brushed after a … Continue reading

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Support Group Wisdom


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | August 20, 2014 The Parents Anonymous Group was a wealth of information; I wonder how I could ever have managed without it and the members. Here are a few quick tips that I learned in … Continue reading

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Anger Uses Time, Energy and Thought


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | August 13, 2014 Shopping for a vehicle when you are in a hurry is risky business. Driving 65 mph in a school zone is tempting fate. Pushing firefighters aside to run into a burning building … Continue reading

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Communication Tips For Parents


How do you talk with your children; have you ever just sat down and thought about it? By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | August 6, 2014 If you take a walk through the neighborhood – a store, school, school and so … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashanah – Jewish New Year


Rosh Hashanah or “Head of the Year” is a two-day long holiday beginning on 1 Tishrei, the first day of the Jewish year. Resources for Rosh Hashanah are in alphabetical order according to the resource titles and then source. To … Continue reading

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