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Category: Families and Feelings

HOW TO BANISH BULLIES – WHAT OUR KIDS NEED TO KNOW


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Another golden heart stopped beating because the black hearts made life unbearable.

I can feel my own heart breaking.  I am filled with fear. The fear is for the Goddesses, never far from my thoughts.

How are they to cope in a world that has become the perfect breeding space for bullies?

When our leaders influence with intimidation, how can we possibly save our kids?

 

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HOW TO FIND FREEDOM IN A FAIRY TALE

 

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Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess. (Funny, there never seems to be an ugly princess).

Anyway, the beautiful princess had a huge heart and loved to help the flowers, bees, butterflies and birds grow and be happy.

She was also a talented ballerina who loved to dance. Her dancing was so magical that the birds would sing special songs to entice the princess to dance more.

The flowers would sway to the beat and the bees and butterflies would act as the chorus to her fantastic choreography.

One day an evil witch came to catch the princess. Luckily, the princess’s best friend was a dragon who came to rescue her.

 

 

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GRAND GIVING – HOW TO SET BOUNDARIES AND IMPROVE LIFE

 

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Are you a giver or a taker?

If you’ve answered ‘taker’ then this is probably not for you.

If you consider yourself a giver, what inspires this?

The idea that giving is its own reward? A belief that this is what ‘good’ people do? Is it your religious beliefs? Or, are you a people-pleaser?

Regardless of the inspiration for giving, setting personal boundaries is essential for a happy life.

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GRAND INSECURITIES – HOW TO DEAL WITH NEGATIVE FEELINGS

 

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It’s amazing how grandchildren can awaken all those youthful insecurities you thought you’d overcome.

Those precious parcels of perfection come with a bunch of other people and suddenly you are left questioning your importance in the scheme of things.

Perhaps the greatest threat to the calm equilibrium you’ve worked so hard to achieve (right?) over the decades are the Other Grandparents.

Let’s face it, for most of us, sharing children we adore with others who have an equal status in their lives is a new adventure.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT COOKIES, HUGS AND THE GRANDEST OF JOBS

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Move over super mums – here comes Super Gran (and I’m not talking about the children’s series).

I’ll let you in on a secret. Grandmothering isn’t all about cookies and hugs.

Today’s grandmothers are juggling work, home and babysitting commitments with the flair of the best superheroes. This is a far different picture than the many cartoons littering the internet depicting grandmothers as little old ladies wearing aprons and baking cookies.

Grandparenting has become a much more serious business.

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GRAND GRATITUDE – HOW TO KEEP THE FEELING ALIVE

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One of the greatest gifts of grandparenting is to see and appreciate the wisdom in the children around us.

Often, as parents, we are so busy doing all that needs to be done, we can overlook the lessons our children offer us.

With more time for focus and contemplation, grandparents are rewarded with the vision that children come to us with all the wisdom we humans need for happy living. They help us relearn what we have forgotten.

They remind us how to play, they reunite us with our imaginations, and they help us focus on a mere moment in time.

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WHEN YOU SHOULD BITE YOUR TONGUE AND ZIP IT GRAN

 

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Just when you think you have life worked out, you become a grandparent and things get complicated again.

Notwithstanding the exquisite joy that grandchildren deliver, there are quite a few challenges when adjusting to the role of Grand Parent.

A whole new group of people enter your life, in the form of in-laws (and often their friends and extended families). Prior to the arrival of the tiny treasure that is your grandchild, you may not have had to deal with this other group much.

However, once the child is born there will be occasions (such as birthday parties) you will need to interact and your diplomatic skills have never been so important.

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HOW PLANNING AHEAD CAN SAVE YOU FROM DEPRESSION

 

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A constant theme among the grandmothers in my circle has been a feeling of contentment – a sense that their life has come full circle and is complete.

There is no argument this is a wonderful feeling, but what if I told you that the contentment you’re feeling now could lead to depression?

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