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Why Is Parenting So Difficult?


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | Septembr 30, 2015 Why is being a mother or father so hard? Parenting looks easy – cute, smiling kids – what could possibly go wrong? Parenting is not now or has ever been easy. Stress … 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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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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Heroes: Meet Two of Mine


The title ‘Hero’ is bandied about every day but what does that mean? By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | November 14, 2013 If you had asked me at age seven who my hero was I would not have hesitated to tell … Continue reading

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Lucy and Ricky’s World No More


“I cannot believe they allow that on television; what’s the world coming to!” By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | October 31, 2013 When I was knee-high to a grasshopper, Ricky and Lucy Ricardo were required to sleep in twin beds and … 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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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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Jesus, Grandma and Spanking


Few topics raise tempers on both sides as much as spanking and scriptures. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | July 13, 2013 This week I heard from Susan, a longtime member who has joined grandparenthood and is now dealing with new, … Continue reading

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Fathers Are the Other Parent


Getting past the emotions of child custody and visitation By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | May 1, 2013 Last week in a mother’s support group (not Parents Anonymous) I listened as a young mom described her situation; her daughter is two … Continue reading

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Divorce: Seven-Year-Old Says, “I want to kill myself!”


Divorce often brings with it hurtful, confusing feelings that young children cannot understand. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | April 3, 2012 Question: I’m going through a messy divorce where my ex is not using the visits with our seven-year-old daughter; … Continue reading

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When Your Co-Parent Doesn’t Show Up


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | February 13, 2013 A Parents Anonymous group is a great place to unload frustration, anger and heartbreak. At one meeting Tracy* was very upset and asked to speak first; she was going through a difficult … Continue reading

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Co-Parenting Notebook for Children


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | February 7, 2013 Divorce complicates an already hectic life and can add to stress to make duties and activities even harder to deal with calmly. Planning ahead with the use of a notebook for each … Continue reading

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Tips for Divorce and Co-Parenting


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | February 6, 2013 Divorce is a tough issue in group or anywhere for that matter. We often hear ‘unconditional love’ used to describe how we feel about our children but it is truer in describing … Continue reading

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