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Customs, Traditions and Rituals


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | August 26, 2015 Customs, Traditions and Rituals: What is the Difference and Why do Children Need Them? Customs, traditions and rituals were always an interesting topic in the Freehold Parents Anonymous Group that I attended. … 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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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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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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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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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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Ramadan


These Ramadan 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 with other parents please use … Continue reading

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Flag Day


These Flag Day 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 with other parents please … Continue reading

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Father’s Day


These Father’s Day resources are some that I have recommended to Parents Anonymous parents. For your convenience you will find the resources in alphabetical order according to the resource titles. If you find a broken link or have a resource … Continue reading

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Get Kids (Learning) Playing


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | May 28, 2014 Many parents look forward to children’s vacations from school but each summer also brings dread. What do you do when the kids finally utter the first ‘I’m bored’? Boredom can be so … Continue reading

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Which Is It, Chores Or Punishment?


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | April 30, 2014 What if you won a contest and the prize was for a genie to instantly clean and do menial jobs around your home for you? Sounds wonderful, does it not? A busy … Continue reading

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Promise Not Kept


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | April 16, 2014 Can your children count on you? Can your kids count on what you say today meaning the same thing tomorrow? When nine-year-old Chelsey was in the fifth grade, Mr. Ramirez wanted her … Continue reading

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Bribery And Rewards: What’s The Difference?


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | April 9, 2014 Parents in my Parents Anonymous Group often discussed bribery and rewards but many confused the two. What exactly is the difference and why does it matter? HINT: Bribes are not planned beforehand … Continue reading

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Tip: Ask And Tell Children


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | April 2, 2014 Cteavin, an American blogger friend now living in Japan, shared this experience in parenting and I thought parents here in the US would find it great benefit. The technique works especially well … Continue reading

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Ten Tools For Parents


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | March 19, 2014 “Just come and get this kid!” was often the plea I heard from parents as a volunteer on the Family Helpline. By the time parents made the call to the Family Helpline … Continue reading

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Children Want To Be A Hero


We learned the hard way, our heart-shaped pond held children’s attentions – and real danger. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | March 5, 2014 My father built a rock-lined, heart-shaped goldfish pond for my mother in the back yard. The pond … Continue reading

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Nightmare Solutions For Children


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | January 15, 2014 Nightmares have frightened us all at different times in our lives and that is as normal as waking up in the morning. From what we know now, nightmares can occur as early … Continue reading

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Lesson On Bullying


Children know what it feels like to be bullied, but how do you explain what happens inside the person who is being bullied in terms a child can understand. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | January 4, 2014 A friend and … Continue reading

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Motivation To Stop Smoking


Did you not choose a resolution for the New Year? Then I have a good one for you from the Tobacco Nazi! By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | January 1, 2014 Drumroll please…….! Cigarette smoke kills more than 5 million people … 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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Trust the Group


Parents second-guess many decisions made when their children were young but we all did the best we could. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | November 6, 2013 Last night I saw a scary movie meant for children and immediately my thoughts … Continue reading

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How Not To Have A One-Year-Old’s Birthday Party


Have you ever offered to help a friend in need and then been terribly sorry later? By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | October 10, 2013 Lacey, one of the mothers in my Parents Anonymous group, announced her son Paul’s birthday party … Continue reading

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Graded by Kids: Passing or Failing


Perspective on any situation can become a valuable eye-opening tool. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | October 9, 2013 As parents we want our households to run smoothly but that does not always happen. While I was wearing my Mom hat … Continue reading

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Rules and Boundaries for Adult Children


Eighteen is the magic number: Children are always stretching boundaries with parents, even when they are considered to be adults. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | October 3, 2013 As children grow from one stage to the next rules need review … 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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Stay-At-Home Guilt


Are you a working parent or a stay-at-home parent? By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | September 19, 2013 Over the years Mr. Ramirez and I have revisited my being a stay-at-home mom and whether or not it was a good idea. … Continue reading

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Remembering My September 11, 2001


Where were you that day and what stands out most in your memory? By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | September 11, 2013 September 11, 2001 is forever ingrained into our memories as it unfolded; most every person can tell you exactly … Continue reading

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Blame & Shame


“You did it – it is your fault!” By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | September 5, 2013 Many claim credit for positive things that occur; cleaning the bathroom mirror, feeding the dog or finding the answer to the riddle on page … Continue reading

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