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The Passage of Time: A Message for Parents


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | October 7, 2015 On those seemingly never-ending days when no energy remains except to crawl into bed, think about this: Last week I banged away at my keyboard, finishing up end-of-the-month work and was distracted … 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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Preventing Parent Deafness


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | September 9, 2015 Parent deafness was a term coined many years ago that meant children were not listening to parents. When I hear from a parent that their child is not listening to them, I … Continue reading

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“YOU Are A Terrible Person!”


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | July 22, 2015 “You! You’re a terrible person! You are thoughtless and careless! You are no good!” “You” is heard by the child as an attack or blame; that automatically puts a child on the … Continue reading

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Snooping, Yes or No?


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | April 29, 2015 To snoop or not to snoop, that is the question. Is it nobler to turn a blind eye or should you become a detective? In Parents Anonymous meetings, parents had many lively, … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Self-Esteem In Children: What Is Our Role?


Most parents would never intentionally hurt their children, but unfortunately some do. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | July 23, 2014 Our self-esteem and what other people think of us are sometimes at the opposite ends of the scale. If I … Continue reading

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Labor Day – First Monday in September


Labor Day is the first Monday in September and celebrates the achievements of American workers and honors their contributions to the country as a whole. To celebrate Labor Day, parents should teach children to honor and appreciate work and the … Continue reading

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Depression and Feeling Better – Part III


Stress can dramatically affect our responses to our children’s daily needs. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | July 16, 2014 Parents Anonymous Group members can sometimes recognize depression in each other before we admit it to ourselves. When something is “not … 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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Independence Day – Fourth of July


These Independence Day – Fourth of July resources are some that I have recommended to Parents Anonymous parents. Resources are in alphabetical order according to the resource titles. If you find a broken link or have a resource to share … Continue reading

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