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Top 5 Tips To An Easeful Parent Strategy

Posted on: June 3rd, 2016 by Sharon Ballantine

Haven’t we heard most parents say at one time or another, “Kids don’t come with an owner’s manual?” While this is a true statement, and generally spoken with a certain feeling of stress, most of us manage to figure out parenting one day at a time, one situation at a time with our children.

Not being one to leave things to chance, least of all my motherhood, I knew I wanted to create a parenting style that would feel good to me. I chose to start by looking back at how I had been living my life up to the time I became a parent; and thinking of all the philosophies I had been exposed to and found value in my earlier years. As the mother of three grown children now, my parenting was a daily choice and a daily practice . . .


Coming Full Circle Inspired My Parenting Book

Posted on: May 22nd, 2016 by Sharon Ballantine

I came full circle in my parenting– by beginning my parenting journey being the kind of parent I envisioned- to then going through a period of time when fear and control ruled my parenting- to finally returning to being the guide and inspiration to my children. After coming full circle, I knew I could help other parents avoid the uncomfortable period of trying to control the uncontrollable with their kids. Coming full circle was when I was given the opportunity to remember that I had my own internal guidance and my children had theirs.

Anyone that has ever been in a parenting role knows that being the kind of parent one hopes to be is an ongoing process. I believe very few of us go into parenthood knowing how we will act, react and guide our children to their highest path. . . .


What to Do When Your Child Isn’t Getting What They Need at School

Posted on: May 15th, 2016 by Sharon Ballantine

Everyone has stories about bad teachers; the ones who don’t care, who aren’t capable or are just skating by because they have tenure, and ones who are just mean and abusive. Fortunately, there are lots of excellent teachers working to help your child succeed. Yet even when your child has teachers who are committed, skilled, and kind, it is possible that your child’s needs aren’t being met.

What do you do when you feel your child is falling through the cracks?

Some children might need extra support in a particular subject. Some have different learning styles or abilities that can make a traditional classroom setting challenging.

Sometimes a classroom is overcrowded and there’s no extra help. Classes may have students with a broad range of skills and abilities, making it a challenge for any teacher to bring each child to their maximum potential.

There . . .


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Hey Kids, I Don’t Need a Special Day to Say I Love You

Posted on: May 8th, 2016 by Sharon Ballantine

If your child is like many across the United States, they celebrated Valentine’s Day in school recently.

The tradition of sending valentines was originally dedicated to lovers or would-be suitors, but now, people seem exchange greetings with just about everyone they know in what many view as a manufactured holiday by the greeting card industry.

There is a strong push to exchange cards with classmates. When you were a child, you likely gave out valentines to classmates selectively.

Then, in response to some children being like Charlie Brown without a single valentine, a rule was made that if one hands out valentines, they have one for each class member.

Today, many schools have gone so far as to make the practice mandatory.

I’m not writing today to enter the discussion of whether or not these classroom exchanges are appropriate. The spillover from classroom card exchanges . . .



Chores: Realistic Expectations for Parents

Posted on: May 1st, 2016 by Sharon Ballantine

Chores are a complicated subject. Should you insist your children do them? What chores are appropriate for their age? When do you start giving them chores? How many chores are too many? What consequences do you set if the chores aren’t done?

Should children get money for doing chores or are they something that should be done without compensation?  Is it a good idea to have children do the same chore repeatedly, whether it’s daily or weekly? Or is it better to mix up the chores?

There are so many questions that swirl around in the minds of parents when it comes to chores that it can be quite confusing. There isn’t a tried and true user’s manual when it comes to this subject. If you consult with ten different experts, you’ll probably get ten different answers.

It isn’t that nine of these . . .


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Watching the News: Keeping Hope Alive Despite the Negativity

Posted on: April 24th, 2016 by Sharon Ballantine

As a parent, you naturally want to believe that your children are growing up in a decent world. How define “good and decent” may vary, but in general, most hope for peace, prosperity, and a healthy environment.

You don’t want to see your children become fearful of the future as their schools regularly schedule duck-and-cover drills like schools did during the Cold War.

Likewise, you may dream that they don’t have to struggle to put food on the table or find safe housing. You want to see them enjoying clean air and having fun outdoors with their families.

These are wonderful things to hope for and it can be a struggle when you pay attention to what the news outlets are saying.

You’re bombarded with news that centers on negative events and predictions. If you allow it to happen, you can absorb all the . . .


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