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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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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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“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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Marvin Marshall’s Discipline Without Stress


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | May 13, 2015 Many parents struggle to find the perfect method for bringing up children with the least amount of aggravation as possible. Oh, and it has to be simple. With my own children, I … 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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The Conference Exercise That Made Me Think


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | December 3, 2014 After reading the post, Great (and Not So Great) Expectations  from two weeks ago, I received a comment from a reader that had a childhood not unlike many of us. I was … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What Is The Worst That Could Happen?


“Oh no, if I don’t wake up in time I will be late!” By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | November 7, 2013 When I had something important to do I would often lay awake at night thinking about how awful it … 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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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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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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