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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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Breathing to Calm Myself


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | August 19, 2015 Getting calm when I was angry was difficult but it was important for my children to be safe. Anger used to slip up on me until I learned to recognize the signs. … 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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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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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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Support Group Wisdom


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | August 20, 2014 The Parents Anonymous Group was a wealth of information; I wonder how I could ever have managed without it and the members. Here are a few quick tips that I learned in … Continue reading

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Communication Tips For Parents


How do you talk with your children; have you ever just sat down and thought about it? By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | August 6, 2014 If you take a walk through the neighborhood – a store, school, school and so … Continue reading

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Depression and Feeling Better – Part III


Stress can dramatically affect our responses to our children’s daily needs. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | July 16, 2014 Parents Anonymous Group members can sometimes recognize depression in each other before we admit it to ourselves. When something is “not … Continue reading

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Depression and Feeling Better – Part II


Depression is common among parents from time to time but should not define your life. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | July 9, 2014 The Parents Anonymous Group I attended was much like any group in society; almost everyone experiences prolonged … Continue reading

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Depression and Feeling Better – Part I


Parenting is hard normally but if you are depressed as well then it is much harder than it should be. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | July 2. 2014 In my Parents Anonymous Group, depression touched many of our lives from … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Stay-At-Home Guilt


Are you a working parent or a stay-at-home parent? By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | September 19, 2013 Over the years Mr. Ramirez and I have revisited my being a stay-at-home mom and whether or not it was a good idea. … 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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One Spill Away From Disaster


Parents are pushed to the limit by work and school schedules and most are running late and it’s only noon. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | August 15, 2013 There are too many stories of child abuse on the TV news … Continue reading

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Dial-Up and Spanking


Writing about spanking drums up negative images from my childhood that makes it seem like just yesterday. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | August 8, 2013 Many will remember the early years of computers when our internet connections via telephone lines … Continue reading

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What I Learned From Other Parents Anonymous Members


This is the first installment in the series about the extraordinary parents that taught me about parenting, life and death. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | May 29, 2013 With no family or friends in the area, I attended my Parents Anonymous … Continue reading

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Reporting My Husband to CPS Not Once – But Twice


When my husband would not quit hitting our girls, I had to find a way to stop him myself. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | May 23, 2013 Parenting differences often pop up when moms and dads do not agree on … 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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