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Watch Your Words, Parents Magazine

by lisaserpa

It’s fun to look forward to what’s next for your child, whether that’s kindergarten or first grade. However, any talk about a new school year could make her uneasy. [Read more…]  

In Maine diner meltdown, entitlement is the issue

by lisaserpa

ever has a family suffered so much for so few pancakes. For those not following the saga: Portland, Maine, diner owner Darla Neugebauer yelled at a crying toddler to be quiet because the tot was allegedly disturbing other patrons. The family of the 21-month-old posted an angry Facebook missive about the bad service. Neugebauer, the […]

Are you on the list?

by lisaserpa

For many years I have asked moms to identify the most important people in their lives that they are responsible for taking care of.  The results were often the same.  I would ask the question:  “Tell me what number you are on the list?”   A look of shock would appear on their faces as they […]

Overindulgence – The Cornucopia of Too Much

by lisaserpa

Overindulgence – The Cornucopia of Too Much As the holiday gift-giving season approaches, many parents want to give their children the things they didn’t have when they grew up, especially during the holidays. They find it difficult to resist getting everything on their child’s wish list. Parents may not realize that they may be doing […]

Bullying

by lisaserpa

While the first day of school can be very exciting, it can cause anxiety or some children.  One parent shared with me that as he was putting his nine year old daughter to sleep the night before school she appeared to be very worried.  The dad asked his daughter if she was excited about school.  […]

Seven Strategies for Homework Success

by lisaserpa

Homework! For both parents and children the mere thought of this word creates anxiety, frustration and tears. Perhaps you are reliving the “nightmare” that just never seemed to end last school year. Are you tired of nagging, arguing, bribing and even threatening your children about homework? If you, answered “yes” then these Seven Strategies for […]

Beyond the Back to School Basics: Planning for a Successful School Year

by lisaserpa

A lot of parents are shaking their heads in disbelief that it’s that time again. As a parent, it’s easy to get caught up in the back to school frenzy of shopping for clothes and school supplies, scheduling doctor’s appointments, arranging car pools, etc. Yet, back to school success also includes some foresight and planning […]

Super Strategies to Keep the Fun in Summer

by lisaserpa

It’s that time of year again. The weather is warmer, the days are longer and school is almost out for the kids.  The end of the school year can create mixed emotions in a parent.  As parents, we can breathe a sigh of relief:  no more homework, school projects and perhaps a more relaxed pace […]

My Daughter Wants to Be Rich. Uh-Oh.

by lisaserpa

Two months ago, we took our daughter to see a production of the musical “Annie” as a special treat for her eighth birthday. I thought that she would enjoy the story of a plucky redheaded orphan’s unrelenting optimism in the face of adversity (not to mention the fact that we’re partial to almost any tale […]

How to Reduce Holiday Meltdowns (Tips for Decreasing Holiday Stress)

by lisaserpa

 The holiday season is full of fun, excitement, and tradition.  It’s a time of decorations, baking, and thinking about others.  The anticipation seems to start a little bit earlier each year, regardless of your holiday, which means that the holiday season now runs from the day after Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.  That’s a long […]