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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Friendless Kid? Try This


“I don’t have any friends!” will be a lament heard by many parents after the first day of school. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | August 14, 2013 Being friendless is a concern for many children and time will take care … 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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Cheating and Kids: Use Teaching Moments


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | April 3, 2013 Last week found a dark cloud hanging over the educational establishment in Atlanta, Georgia. Caught up in the conspiracy to cheat were the former superintendent, executive administrators, principals, assistant principals, testing coordinators, … Continue reading

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Match the Morning to the Child’s Mood


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | March 27, 2013 Which description below best describes your mood in the morning? Bubbly and cheerful Quiet and easy-going Happy and laid-back Rushed and snappy Moody and somber Grouchy and crabby Angry and touchy At … Continue reading

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When it Comes to Kids, Credit Cards Cannot Fix Everything


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | March 14, 2013 Several years ago, I was faced with an upsetting dilemma when Chelsey* was in the fifth grade. Some of her grades were mediocre and my husband wanted better grades so he made … Continue reading

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Wants Map Leads to School


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | August 23, 2012 Some kids love going to school, and unfortunately some do not. Goal setting can help but many have difficulty connecting the now to the future job and earning power. Here is a … Continue reading

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From Scary Stories to a Cello


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | August 7, 2012 After eight years of attending college my twenty-six-year-old daughter Katie returned to begin her career in art. She looks and sounds the same and acts the same but she has settled down … Continue reading

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Back-to-School Bucket List


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | August 7, 2012 Have you looked back to see if there was anything remaining in your or the kids’ summer bucket lists? Think about it quickly because Labor Day is almost here. Next you get … Continue reading

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Kids Cleaning the Basement


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | August 7, 2012 My girls were cleaning the basement this week and sorting things to put out for a yard sale. I listened to Chelsey and Katie work together debating keep, sell or discard. I thought … Continue reading

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Not Enough Dessert (Summer) to Go Around


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | August 7, 2012 If your children didn’t do everything they planned for summer, don’t worry. There will be more summers in the foreseeable future. Think of summer as the dessert culminating a long feast; August … Continue reading

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It’s Back-to-School!


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | July 29, 2012 The school year is a new beginning for our children. Have you completed the kid’s physicals and checkups yet? Getting it done in summer means there will be less interruptions during their school … Continue reading

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Get Ready for Back-to-School!


Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | July 29, 2012 August and back-to-school is lurking just around the corner. (Wipe those smiles off your faces!) Back-to-school is a favorite time of year for me too. Many schools send kids home with summer assignments … Continue reading

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