Discipline (Part One): Getting Clear On Your Core Values

by Tracy Poizner  |  19.11.17 | 0:55

Not many of us make it a point to discuss serious topics like shared values before we get married or move in together. What’s important to you? To pass on to the kids? What kind of people do you want them to be? You need to be clear about this because discipline means much more Read the full article…

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Do You Feel Like An Outsider As A Stepmom?

by Tracy Poizner  |  04.11.17 | 22:35

In this video, I talk about how to cope with the common problem of feeling like an outsider in your family. There are a bunch of different reasons why this can happen, and some of then you can change, while others are outside of your control. What you CAN control is whether you give your Read the full article…

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Hold Your First Family Meeting!

by Tracy Poizner  |  27.10.17 | 23:41

Maybe this sounds like as much fun as joining a Polar Bear swim on New Years’ Day, but it can be a great way to accomplish a lot of goals for your everyone in your family: It makes rules and expectations clear. It gives everyone a voice and lets the kids tell you what they Read the full article…

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The Secret Key To Your Stepchild’s Heart

by Tracy Poizner  |  25.10.17 | 17:56

The ONE thing every stepmom ABSOLUTELY needs to know! Just let me know where to send your download.    

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Shareholder Satisfaction: The Secret Life Of The 50/50 Child

by Tracy Poizner  |  25.10.17 | 17:42

Imagine, if you will, that you work in an office where as part of the normal workflow you must work every other week at a different location. You pack up all your stuff – you might even need to put it in a large briefcase on wheels – and go to another desk in another Read the full article…

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The Candy Conundrum

by Tracy Poizner  |  23.10.17 | 20:49

It is the end of October as I write this and parents inclined toward healthy living are in a conundrum. You don’t want to be a wet blanket about one of the most beloved kid-centered events of the year, but your kids are going to be a wreck if you just let them eat all Read the full article…

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I Wish Mom And Dad Were Still Together

by Tracy Poizner  |  17.10.17 | 14:16

These are words that can strike at the heart of a stepmother so it’s important to understand what kids really mean when they say this. If you have lost one of your own parents, you might sometimes feel like saying “I wish dad were still around. I really miss him”. I think you know what Read the full article…

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Do Not Leave Home Without These Three Things. Like, Ever.

by Tracy Poizner  |  16.10.17 | 0:30

If you are new to the kids game, here is a rule that will never fail you. It is a mantra that I say to myself every time I am going out the door with one or more children. It goes like this: “A drink, a snack, a handful of Kleenex”. I know what you Read the full article…

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5 Ways Of Being Not-Your-Mom

by Tracy Poizner  |  10.10.17 | 14:53

5 WAYS OF BEING “NOT-YOUR-MOM” My personal approach to the role of stepmother is to avoid behaving like a mom. There could be good reasons to do otherwise, but for most of us I think this is the best policy and here is why: Birth moms (BM) do not like it one bit. Despite the Read the full article…

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You’re Already A Model Parent

by Tracy Poizner  |  27.09.17 | 20:06

Children learn absolutely everything they need to know by watching and copying. It’s amazing, but if there was no such a thing as school, they would figure everything they need to do by watching others who can already do it. They do things over and over again, forming mental patterns that allow them to walk Read the full article…

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A Walk For All Reasons

by Tracy Poizner  |  25.09.17 | 14:16

Part One If you don’t already love to walk, I think that you should learn to love it. Going for a walk outside together, whether in the city or the countryside, is a wonderful bonding activity and will help you have a positive impact on a child in your life. Most kids today are way Read the full article…

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What About Calcium?

by Tracy Poizner  |  23.09.17 | 23:43

Some people react badly to the lactose (milk sugar) in dairy products. Usually, someone sensitive or allergic to lactose will experience things like cramps, diarrhea, constipation, bloating or gas. Babies show what we call “colic”, which improves when the nursing mom cuts out dairy products or after a switch to a dairy free baby formula. Read the full article…

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What About Allowance?

by Tracy Poizner  |  19.09.17 | 17:47

Under the photo above is the title of a WikiHow site called “How to reward your child for good behaviour”. I wanted to use the picture, but that phrase says just about the opposite of everything I believe about allowance! If you have read any of my other posts about parenting and discipline, you probably know that I disagree with the Read the full article…

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Seeing Eye To Eye

by Tracy Poizner  |  15.09.17 | 13:08

What I am suggesting is not to allow your child to monopolize your attention every minute but rather, to be mindful of how the use of eye contact can help establish a connection of mutual respect with a child. Respect for a child, you may be thinking? What I want more than anything is for Read the full article…

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A Joyful Heart

by Tracy Poizner  |  23.08.17 | 18:58

This morning I was walking my dog when I saw a sign in front of a church. It read “A Joyful Heart Is Good Medicine.” I started to wonder, what does that really mean? As someone who is naturally blessed with an optimistic nature, I know it feels true for me, but it doesn’t make Read the full article…

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Why Worry About Glyphosate?

by Tracy Poizner  |  16.07.17 | 13:32

First of all, worry is probably the wrong word – you don’t get anywhere worrying about anything! Why should you care about your exposure to glyphosate, and more importantly, why should you limit your children’s contact with it? It is the main chemical in “RoundUp”, the infamous pesticide being sprayed on much of what we Read the full article…

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Throw The Star Chart In The Trash!

by Tracy Poizner  |  02.05.17 | 20:49

This might sound like total heresy. Most of us were raised with the idea of getting a reward for certain things like good behaviour, doing our homework, walking the dog. Perhaps we got an allowance that was contingent on certain chores, or grades at school. The opposite of rewards was probably some sort of punishment which, in Read the full article…

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Is Aluminum Destroying Our Daughters?

by Tracy Poizner  |  24.04.17 | 2:44

What can make a beautiful girl want to stop eating, or to cut herself secretly? Naturally, every case has its own context and I don’t mean to solve such a complex problem with a simplistic answer. What I am really asking is why more and more young girls are expressing the emotional turmoil of the teen Read the full article…

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A Remedy for Wits’ End?

by Tracy Poizner  |  21.04.17 | 2:09

What if I told you there was a remedy that could help you when you have passed the limits of your endurance?  Whether it’s with your kids or your boss, did you know there is something safe and natural to take when you are really afraid you are going to lose it and do something you will Read the full article…

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Bach Remedies for Mother and Daughter

by Tracy Poizner  |  11.04.17 | 22:58

Bach Flowers are among my very favourite medicines because they are so very gentle but really effective. They are prescribed based solely on an emotional picture so they are very simple to use. Here are a few that I have chosen especially for situations that can relate particularly well to moms and their girls.   Read the full article…

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