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Could Parents Anonymous Have Helped My Mother?


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | October 21, 2015 I have asked myself this question a thousand times: “Could Parents Anonymous have helped my mother?” My mother used to tell her friends about how bad I was. I didn’t do things … Continue reading

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Tips On Change


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | September 23, 2015 By the time people get to a self-help group, they may be at their lowest point and are desperate to change things quickly. That is true with any self-help venue whether it … Continue reading

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Anger Builds Unless Safely Vented


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | July 30, 2014 A wise and funny man, Dr. Laurence J. Peter once said, “Speak when you are angry—and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.” Not only was he wise, he was right. … Continue reading

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Jolly K.’s Courageous Contribution


Who is Jolly K. and why does she matter? By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | February 26, 2014 Born in the late 1940s, Jolly K. was placed in the first foster care home as a young child. From there she would … Continue reading

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Parent Leadership and What That Means to Me


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | December 4, 2013 This week I was cleaning out some old documents and came across a letter I had written many years ago when asked what being a Parents Anonymous Group Parent Leader meant to … Continue reading

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Positive and Negative Moods


“There is not one good thing I can say about my child!” By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | November 20, 2013 Parents in my Parents Anonymous group heard this more than once from exasperated parents, (blush) me included. We all may … Continue reading

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Peer Pressure and Allowance


Fifteen-year-olds do not turn into crazed consumers overnight but there is hope. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | September 25, 2013 Recently a mother was shocked and bewildered when her son demanded she buy him the latest gadget while cursing and … Continue reading

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PMS and Changing Consequences


Are you a pushover parent? Are you putty in your child’s manipulating hands? By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | September 19, 2013 Changing your mind is quite different from caving in to wailing pleas from a child. In the beginning of … Continue reading

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What Will Your Epitaph Say About You?


A gravestone is often marked with the birth and death dates and sometimes a single line written by children of the deceased. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | August 22, 2013 My family and I went to Emley’s Cemetery in Imlaystown, … Continue reading

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Getting Your Needs Met in a Parents Anonymous Group


Going to a group can help you make positive change occur in less time by focusing your efforts and asking for what you need from group members. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | June 12, 2013 Having volunteered on the Helpline … Continue reading

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What I Learned From Other Parents Anonymous Members


This is the first installment in the series about the extraordinary parents that taught me about parenting, life and death. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | May 29, 2013 With no family or friends in the area, I attended my Parents Anonymous … Continue reading

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Reporting My Husband to CPS Not Once – But Twice


When my husband would not quit hitting our girls, I had to find a way to stop him myself. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | May 23, 2013 Parenting differences often pop up when moms and dads do not agree on … Continue reading

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Soup to Nuts’ 100th Reminder Celebration


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | April 25, 2012 Today’s article is my 100th post on the Soup to Nuts blog and I am celebrating! A little over a year ago I did not even know what a ‘blog’ was. (It … Continue reading

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Tips to Defuse Anger


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | October 10, 2012 Shopping for a car 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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If It’s Not Working, Stop Doing It!


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | September 26, 2012 One thing puzzles me from childhood, why did my mother keep that old sugar bowl for so long? It was small, wide at the top, narrow at the bottom, made of cheap … Continue reading

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Why Join a Parents Anonymous® Support Group?


You are a parent looking for help and support but you are not quite sure if a Parents Anonymous Group is for you. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | September 18, 2012 Here are a few reasons a Parents Anonymous Group … Continue reading

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In Terms of Ten Years


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | September 4, 2012 My grandmother Mur was only educated to the third grade but she was one of the wisest people I ever knew. She raised eight children while carrying water from a stream to … Continue reading

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Self-esteem and Your Piece of the Pie


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | July 17, 2012 Self-esteem and what other people think of us are at the opposite ends of the scale. If I evaluate my worth I take into account the work I do and how others … Continue reading

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A Change of Scenery


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | July 3, 2012 When children are in one spot too long they get antsy— restless. There is no school, their friends are all busy and it’s too hot to be outdoors for long. Before you … Continue reading

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Parents: Change the Way You Think


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | June 19, 2012 You know one of my favorite parenting tips is to change the way you think about something, perhaps your child or the circumstance. This bears repeating in the off chance that something … Continue reading

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