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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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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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Get Children To Be Responsible For Their Room


The age-old problem of getting children to clean their rooms is one of the top issues discussed in Parents Anonymous Groups around the globe. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | May 21, 2014 There are almost as many solutions, though, as … 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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Fear As A Parenting Tool


In Parents Anonymous, we talk about parenting tools, fear isn’t one of them. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | February 19, 2014 “You better get it done before I get back!” “I better not hear of you monkeying around in school!” … Continue reading

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How Ana’s Grandfather Taught Her Patience


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | January 8, 2014 There are lessons to be learned around us all the time. My friend Ana and I discuss many things and I am always surprised at her gentleness and composure in the face … 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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Learning To Tell Time


O’clock, a quarter of, half past – what does it all that mean? By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | December 25, 2013 As kids go, I must have been one of the hardest to teach how to tell time. My fourth … Continue reading

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At The End Of My Rope


Little feet following my every step and more questions than I had answers – was it really so long ago? By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | December 18, 2013 This week I was talking with a friend by e-mail about different … 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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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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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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Telephone Interruption Rules


“Rrrrring! Rrrrring!” That was a cue at the Ramirez household for the girls to stretch limits and my patience. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | September 12, 2013 A telephone is one way I volunteered for many years as a Helpline … Continue reading

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What’s the Volume of Your Home?


We instinctively cover our ears when we know we are about to hear an extremely loud noise, but what about those loud noises we do not expect? By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | August 21, 2013 Extremely loud sounds do not … Continue reading

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Trayvon’s Law Summary – NAACP


Trayvon’s Law Summary – NAACP In light of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin and the overwhelming national awareness around numerous issues surrounding this case, the NAACP has developed a set of policy principles called “Trayvon’s Law” which embody legislative … Continue reading

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“Retard” & “Retarded” – Teach Kids Now


Many children have uttered the term “retard” or “retarded” to express their dislike of someone or during an argument not thinking of the group of people they offend. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | August 1, 2013 Children – and many adults … Continue reading

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Before You Lose Your Cool…


Sometimes we parents become angry and act without thinking— and sometimes hurt the very children we love. Words, once they leave our lips, cannot be taken back. Putting a plan in place before it is needed can make all the … Continue reading

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Toddler Tantrum Tips


Toddlers’ tantrums are infuriating and embarrassing but if you can take yourself out of auto-pilot mode you can see you do have solutions. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | May 16, 2013 When Chelsey was born I spent months dreading the … Continue reading

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My First Parents Anonymous Meeting


I was losing it with my daughter and needed help; my plea was answered by many other parents. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | May 15, 2013 Chelsey and Katie were pretty good kids but after we moved to Long Branch, … 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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