Tag Archives: Chelsey

What Is The Number One Life Skill Kids Need?


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | August 12, 2015 If you had to choose only one skill for your child to become proficient in, which skill would you choose? Discussing life skills recently, I was asked which life skill I thought … Continue reading

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Toddler Tantrums: Parent Survival Tips


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | May 20, 2015 Toddlers can sometimes require the patience of a saint and the wisdom of the Dali Lama to find healthy solutions. When Chelsey was born I spent months dreading the terrible twos. I … Continue reading

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Dangers (Toddlers) Underfoot In The Kitchen


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | March 11, 2015 What can do you do when a toddler is constantly underfoot in the kitchen? With two-year-old Chelsey, before I came to Parents Anonymous, I really had no idea what I should do. … 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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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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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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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’ 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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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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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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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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The Incredible Mom-Hulk


Parenting skills are passed from one generation to the next – unless the template is deliberately changed. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | June 25, 2014 My parenting life was spent anxiously trying to stay calm and not get angry. When … Continue reading

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How Will This Kid Ever Make It In The Real World?


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | June 18, 2014 In our Parents Anonymous Group we parents often wondered aloud how our children would ever survive in the real world: Will they be able to manage money? Will they learn to cook … Continue reading

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Mur: Think In Terms Of Ten Years


We learn much about parenting from the people around us, especially those we love. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | June 11, 2014 My grandmother Mur was only educated to the third grade but she was one of the wisest people … Continue reading

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Father’s Day Message To Dads


Father’s Day is approaching once again with many looking forward to celebrations but for me, it is bittersweet. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | June 4, 2014 My parents divorced in 1975 when I was already an adult; while I was … Continue reading

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The Need To Know: Child Into Adulthood


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | May 14, 2014 Children can often help parents reduce stress and help themselves at the same time. In and out of my Parents Anonymous Group, I have come across many parents dealing with situations that … Continue reading

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Homework Approach For Parents


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | April 23, 2014 “My children were such fun – until homework entered the picture.” ~ Anonymous Parent Homework is necessary to reinforce what kids learn during the day, according to educators, but it can drive … Continue reading

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Parents Anonymous Groups and the White Sneakers


If a parent thinks something is a problem then it is a problem; another’s difficulty does not wait on other members to give their validation. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | June 6, 2013 Parents Anonymous welcomes every parent (or someone … Continue reading

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What is the True Cost of Child Abuse?


If the invisible damage showed up like bruises and marks, perhaps parents would think twice. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | May 30, 2013 About ten years ago Mr. Ramirez was partly dozing off after a long day and watching a TV … Continue reading

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