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Could Parents Anonymous Have Helped My Mother?


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | October 21, 2015 I have asked myself this question a thousand times: “Could Parents Anonymous have helped my mother?” My mother used to tell her friends about how bad I was. I didn’t do things … Continue reading

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Making the Best Use of Group Time


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | July 8, 2015 Having volunteered on the Helpline and been a group member for many years I was sometimes asked how Parents Anonymous works. That is when I then smile and reply, “It is the … 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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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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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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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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Outreach Tips For Support Groups


Starting a new support group or keeping an established group going can take a lot of energy and commitment. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | February 5, 2014 When the doors open you will have already passed out fliers and told … 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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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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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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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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PMS and Changing Consequences


Are you a pushover parent? Are you putty in your child’s manipulating hands? By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | September 19, 2013 Changing your mind is quite different from caving in to wailing pleas from a child. In the beginning of … Continue reading

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Remembering My September 11, 2001


Where were you that day and what stands out most in your memory? By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | September 11, 2013 September 11, 2001 is forever ingrained into our memories as it unfolded; most every person can tell you exactly … Continue reading

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“Retard” & “Retarded” – Teach Kids Now


Many children have uttered the term “retard” or “retarded” to express their dislike of someone or during an argument not thinking of the group of people they offend. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | August 1, 2013 Children – and many adults … Continue reading

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Jesus, Grandma and Spanking


Few topics raise tempers on both sides as much as spanking and scriptures. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | July 13, 2013 This week I heard from Susan, a longtime member who has joined grandparenthood and is now dealing with new, … Continue reading

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Getting Your Needs Met in a Parents Anonymous Group


Going to a group can help you make positive change occur in less time by focusing your efforts and asking for what you need from group members. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | June 12, 2013 Having volunteered on the Helpline … Continue reading

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Parents Anonymous Groups and the White Sneakers


If a parent thinks something is a problem then it is a problem; another’s difficulty does not wait on other members to give their validation. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | June 6, 2013 Parents Anonymous welcomes every parent (or someone … Continue reading

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What I learned From Other Parents Anonymous Members (Part 2)


Having objective feedback from other caring individuals was invaluable to me— a mom with anger issues who was often unsure of herself. By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | June 5, 2013 Gratitude spills all over when I think of everything I … 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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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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Fathers Are the Other Parent


Getting past the emotions of child custody and visitation By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | May 1, 2013 Last week in a mother’s support group (not Parents Anonymous) I listened as a young mom described her situation; her daughter is two … Continue reading

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Depression: Actions You Can Take to Feel Better


Depression is common but should not define your life By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez In my Parents Anonymous group, depression touched many of our lives from time to time. Many of our members were dealing with very difficult, stressful situations that … Continue reading

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