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Today, I’m going to be brief. Because COVID. And “momming.” And feelings-doctoring (it’s a thing). And distance learning. And ALL.THE.THINGS. And because my kids and I feel a bit overwhelmed, I’m going to talk about what I’d like to do better, which is regulate. Regulation is the ability for us to respond to incoming cues […]

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Managing Big Feelings

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If you have an affinity for 70’s music, like me, perhaps you were fortunate enough to hear “Free to be You and Me” by Marlo Thomas and Friends. It featured a song by football hero, Rosey Grier called, “It’s alright to cry” which I listened to on repeat with my kids. If you’ve not had […]

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It’s OK to Cry

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Well, happy February. I’m back after a brief hiatus where I was preparing for all-things parenting courses. But, I’m back and ready to talk about some important issues we’re all facing as parents. Often, I get questions from parents like… Is this 3-year old behavior? 12 year-old behavior? 16 year-old behavior? Is this because of […]

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Behavior, emotions, and kids, oh my!

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Hello Friends, If you’re like me, you’re a little bummed that 2021 hasn’t gotten the message yet that it’s supposed to be better. We were all hoping for a magical 2021 and to rid ourselves of 2020 – to put it behind us and say, “Sayonara!” Well…it ain’t happenin’ yet. So, what’s a person to […]

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Find YOUR Pacer

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  Hello Friends, Welcome to 2021! I know you know the movie Frozen and I REALLY KNOW that you’ve heard the theme song, “Let it Go” ad nauseum. But the other day, I was forced to listen to it while working out and the words actually hit me deeply. Take a look, and (if you’re […]

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Let It Go 🎵

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  Hello Friends, Here’s a brief video message from me wishing you Happy Holidays! Take a peek then join me in 2021 in the most meaningful way for you. To find an amazing village of loving parents, join my Facebook group here. To dive deeper into parenting and get practical tools from Dr. Amy, sign up […]

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Happy Holidays

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Hello Friends, I have a Christmas request for you. But first I wanted to touch base about our kids mental health as we move through the holidays. I want to be honest with you about how our kids are doing right now because it’s not good. One night last week, I came home from work, […]

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A Christmas Request

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Hello Friends, I’m sitting in a mess right now. Literally. I’ve got holiday decorations strewn about my entire house, half-up/half-in-box, and my table that I’m typing this from is littered with projects, papers, distance learning reminders, and paperwork to follow up on. And you know what? It’s going to stay that way until tomorrow night. […]

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Embracing the Mess

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Friends, Can we talk about the darn elf? I mean, really. I feel like elf vs. no elf has the stress and weight of stay-at-home vs. working moms in 2020. For some, the elf represents fun, tradition, mischief, surprise and little help to get kids to behave. For others, it’s stressful, elicits guilt, forgetfulness and […]

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Can we talk about the ELF??

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  Hey Friends, I hope this message finds you well and that you found peace and solace in a different type of Thanksgiving. Things have certainly felt different this year. How did you celebrate? Did you hold onto traditions and try to observe “Thanksgiving as usual”? Did you embrace the need to celebrate smaller? Did […]

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What Terrifies You?

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