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JenEverAfter
Welcome! Tell me, what's in YOUR locket?
Interests: sewing, photography, books, loom knitting, tv and movies, crafting silver jewelry, and shopping!, blogging (of course!), sewing felt christmas stockings, shopping for make-up, shopping for craft stuff, shopping for books, shopping for girls clothes, shopping, shopping, shopping!
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Just thinking about the holiday season and the hustle and bustle that comes with it can trigger stress for many of us. We have come to a point in our society where trying to “make memories” can sometimes feel overwhelming, exhausting and way less magical than we bargained for. In... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2019 at CourageousAim
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As we are getting closer and closer to the season of giving and gratitude I figured it would be a good time to discuss how we cultivate gratitude with our children. Here are a few points to consider if you’re working toward establishing a better sense of gratitude in your... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2019 at CourageousAim
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I would say that, when it comes down to it, one of the most common complaints parents have is kids who argue. But kids aren’t arguing with a brick wall - for an argument to work, it takes two to tango. Here are a few things to consider while negotiating... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2019 at CourageousAim
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At this point, if you have followed the Pillars of Parenting series, you have learned about relationship, values, how to align your rules and expectations to your values, and how to approach keeping your kids accountable to the rules and expectations in your family. So now here we are, ready... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at CourageousAim
So if rules are meant to be broken what do we do when they break? One of the biggest issues in parenting is keeping your kids accountable to the rules and expectations that you set. Let’s face it. If parenting had an underbelly, it would be discipline. No one likes... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2019 at CourageousAim
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Once we know our Parenting Mojo (otherwise known as “values”) and what exactly we want to accomplish in parenting our children, we next have to figure out how we will make that happen. This is where expectations and rules show up in the equation. (I know, I know, every kid’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at CourageousAim
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Have you ever stopped in the midst of yet another moment of Parental Outrage over something your kid has done, thinking up disciplinary action with finger still wagging, and wondered 'what am I even doing in the first place?' Have you ever been frustrated with your kids and just gave... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2019 at CourageousAim
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What kind of relationship you have with your kids is the cornerstone to your capabilities in parenting and creating the family life you want. It really is the thing that makes all the other things work or don’t work. Think about it - if your kids don’t respect you will... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2019 at CourageousAim
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“Like a Pack of Homeless Gypsies!” This. This is how my significant other described our family. And I love it. I laughed at it to the point of tears and I agree with it 100%. So how did this conclusion come about? Well, we were sitting in the living room/... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at CourageousAim
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I asked the amazing (and wonderfully chatty!) members of the Courageous Aim Facebook Community what their major family stressors are during the holidays, and there was a large amount of people who identified having to split their time between multiple families as being one of the most difficult parts of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at CourageousAim
Like any other mental health disorder, people with ADHD are inundated withmisunderstandings, stigma, and negative judgements from others around them who just don’t get it. This does not help kids with ADHD receive the support they need and can keep parents from recognizing when their child could have a bigger... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2018 at CourageousAim
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So, I posted this adorable pic of my daughter trying diligently to blow up an air raft about three times the size of her little 5-year-old body. Days later, after looking at the pic several times, I was inspired to write about this issue. I couldn’t help but speculate that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2018 at CourageousAim
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As the school year is quickly coming to a close, and we are looking forward to all the fun and excitement that summer brings, there is one thing that begins to lurk inside the parental mind – “What am I going to DO with these KIDS?!?!??” This is the time... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at CourageousAim
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(Solutions for Dads looking to navigate the waters of Teen Girlhood) We all know you have one of the hardest, most satisfying, jobs in the world – navigating the changing tides of raising a daughter. One thing I’ve noticed through the years of working with families is that there seems... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at CourageousAim
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It’s that time of year. Children are wrapped up in the magic of Christmas and parents are keeping track of their Christmas lists and continuously reminding their children “someone” is watching to see if they’re being Naughty or Nice. Who is the judge of good and evil in your house?... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at CourageousAim
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In working with parents, I frequently hear a stream of The Why’s. Why do I have to explain myself? Why don’t they listen? Why do I feel compelled to NOT scream at my kids and why do I feel guilty when I do? Do you say things to yourself like... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at CourageousAim
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We have all been there. The usual busy morning, but you might have become distracted by something - an interesting article on your phone, someone missing their homework, or maybe just lost track of time while enjoying peace and quiet in the shower. You realize you’re running behind and, out... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2017 at CourageousAim
So after we’ve considered changing our language to “not right now,” or even if we stick to the handy two letter word “no,” we allow them to practice using their own reasoning for why what they want can’t happen right now by giving them more information. If they can’t have the toy, explain to them it’s because they need to earn it. If they want to go swimming, and it isn’t a good day or it’s the middle of February, give them the information about what your plans are, or the weather report, or why it won’t work today. If they want to use their new paint set, but grandma’s coming over to bake cookies, explain there isn’t enough room in the kitchen for two messes. Whatever the reason is for your “no,” it’s best to just tell them. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at CourageousAim
I hear it all the time. “Little Johnny can’t handle not getting his way.” Or “If I tell Suzy “no,” she freaks out.” It’s a very common problem for parents to deal with and one of the most frustrating at that. In my years of working with children, one thing... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at CourageousAim
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You didn’t realize before you had kids that they could have the personalities of Jim Carey and a Monster Truck mixed together. You didn’t realize they could be as manipulative as a soap opera star or as swift to fearfully pull themselves into their shell as a sea turtle staring at a shark. You never imagined a child so impulsive and quick to leap outside of their own common sense to risky, dangerous or disruptive behaviors, a true aspiring Evel Knievel! You never thought of a child who, although smart and (in your eyes) funny, could struggle getting along with people and making friends. They are complicated and complex and there is no way we were ready for all they bring to the table. Even after we have a chance to re-focus on who they are, we didn’t ever dream of the things life would touch them with (health issues, grief, bullying, trauma, etc.), that can make their days and challenges - and therefore ours - even more difficult. Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at CourageousAim
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Hello, All! And Happy Easter!! Easter (as with just about all things) is done a bit differently here in Honduras than what ya'll are doing up North. First off, it's not one day. It's a whole week. Secondly, there are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at EverAfterLand
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{Your eyes do not deceive you - this really is a post about Halloween! And your calendar does not deceive you, either, I am just very, very, VERY late getting this one posted. Enjoy!} I don't think it's any big... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at EverAfterLand
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(This post contains affiliate links, which means I will receive a few cents from any purchase made when you click through the link. You literally have the opportunity to give me your "two cents!" Thank you for your support!) Halloween... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at EverAfterLand
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(This post contains affiliate links, which means I will receive a few cents from any purchase made when you click through the link. You literally have the opportunity to give me your "two cents!" Thank you for your support!) Halloween... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at EverAfterLand
Thanks, Tricia! At the time, we were living in the this tiny town in California, and the only place had the pie pumpkins was Walmart. And Walmart only had them as Halloween decorations! How could I resist a set-up like that!!
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