Posts Tagged ‘friendships’

Mom Cards: A License to Friend

Have you ever been handed a mommy business card? You probably thought that mom was straight-up crazy. The small, rectangular-shaped card may have served as a poster promotion of “STAY AWAY, I’M CRAZY.”

Only the more you got to know this mom, you realized she wasn’t crazy. And you all of a sudden kind of, sort of, possibly loved the idea of a piece of paper that you could easily slip to a friend to give and get each other’s info. While moms are responsible for the sippy cups, Nuks, stuffies, koosh balls, and random hair barrettes, there simply aren’t enough hands to program someone’s contact info into your phone while your little ones (not-so-patiently) wait next to your waist.

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Why Kids Become Frenemies

Your toddler is excited about a play date, then the play date gets going and all hell breaks loose. You thought your kid was friends with the other kid so why are they fighting like pro wrestlers now? Your fifth grader comes home from school with her feelings hurt. There is a group of girls in her class that have formed a clique and excluded others from their little group. Should you talk to the teacher? Your son has started high school and all of a sudden he has a falling out with his best friend from middle school. They are fighting and you aren’t sure why. He seems really affected by it though. Maybe you should call his friend’s mother and work something out between the two of you.

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Pen Pals: Get Your Kids Writing

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If you ever had a pen pal as a child, you might remember the excitement of seeing a letter with your name written on it.  Even if you never had a pen pal, just think of how fun it was to receive a piece of mail that was addressed to you during the holidays or for your birthday.  Surely it made you feel special to know someone far away was thinking of you and it might have even inspired you to write a letter in return.  Writing letters is not only a way to show someone you are thinking of them, it is also educational and instills a little thoughtful discipline, too.  All in all, the practice of letter writing reinforces good manners, friendships, and develops your child’s character in a positive way.

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How to Handle the Know It All Friend

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She’s full of unsolicited advice. This lady thinks that she knows how to live your life better than you do, and offers her pearls of wisdom at every turn. From your relationship with your partner to your finances, career, friends and children, she’s never without something to say. Nearly every sentence she says starts with “my kid would never…” You’re tired of convincing yourself that she means well. She’s opened her mouth and overstepped her bounds again, and it’s time to set her straight before you lose your cool and flip a table in true “Real Housewives of New Jersey” fashion. Sound like someone you know? Learn how to handle your know-it-all friend.

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