Tag Archives: Parents Anonymous

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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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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Toss Punishment – Keep Discipline


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | March 26, 2014 If a parent punishes a child, what does a child learn from that? ‘Punishment’ is a very ugly word and I wish parents would take that word, write it down on a … 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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Meet Bob Stone, the National 2014 Jolly K. Award Recipient


Parents Anonymous National proudly announces the recipient for the 2014 Jolly K. Award as Robert “Bob” Stone of Keansburg, New Jersey! By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | March 12, 2014 Bob has been the go-to father and friend when someone needed … 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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Jolly K.’s Courageous Contribution


Who is Jolly K. and why does she matter? By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | February 26, 2014 Born in the late 1940s, Jolly K. was placed in the first foster care home as a young child. From there she would … 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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Validation Is A Valuable Gift – If You Get It


If your children were magically put in charge of you, how would they treat you? By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | February 12, 2014 Many years ago I attended a workshop at the Parents Anonymous conference and, as always, I was … Continue reading

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Morning Stress Makeover


What is the number one thing that people could do at night to reduce morning stress? By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | January 29, 2013 When my daughters were younger I often told them to pick out their clothes before they … 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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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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Teach Your Children The Way You Teach Your Dogs


When you get a puppy you teach them to be housebroken, to sit, stay, down and heel— kids need training too. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | December 13, 2013 Hilda, an 86-year-old member in my Parents Anonymous group, had reared several … Continue reading

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Parent Leadership and What That Means to Me


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | December 4, 2013 This week I was cleaning out some old documents and came across a letter I had written many years ago when asked what being a Parents Anonymous Group Parent Leader meant to … 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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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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Appreciate Children’s Efforts


Instructions are important, especially to children doing a chore for the first time. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | October 30, 2013 When I was about six years old we lived in Daytona Beach, Florida. Sand was everywhere; on our floors, … 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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Choices Give Kids Power


“When you take a parent’s old discipline tools away, you need to replace them with new tools.” By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | October 2, 2013 I made that comment during a TV interview many years ago for a documentary about … Continue reading

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