Tag Archives: Katie

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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Back-To-School Tips


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | August 5, 2015 Back-to-school time is lurking just around the corner (Wipe those smiles off your faces!) and is a favorite time of year for me, too. Many schools send kids home with summer assignments … Continue reading

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Edicts to Last a Lifetime


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | July 1, 2015 As parents, we tend to sometimes feel that it’s useless to keep reminding children to do things that will keep them happy, safe and well. “Wash your hands before you eat.” “Don’t … Continue reading

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Parents Taking Liberties


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | April 15, 2015 Aesop was correct when he said, “familiarity breeds contempt.” Familiarity breeds a comfort level between parents and children that allows unkind words and actions if not brought to mind. Example: When you … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Kindness And Trust Of Others


Traveling abroad enriches the mind in unexpected ways just as it did for my own daughter. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | February 1, 2014 My daughter Katie studied art in Italy for a year. She had taught herself to play … Continue reading

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