Family Life

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Hola, Mi Gente! (Part I)

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On May the Fourth be with You of this year, I arrived home from a wonderful vacation to Puerto Rico with my whole family. It was the first time our children joined Pierre and me in this yearly excursion. Normally I would’ve arrived home feeling all, “Home Sweet Home!” Not this time.

I got off the airplane in NYC and the cold blast of air hit me. It’ll be months before I see a beach around here again. It didn’t take long to be reminded that we were right back in the thick of the hustle, bustle, and grind. We stepped into the terminal and saw rows and rows of people on their phones and IPads as far as the eye could see. All the airport billboards and advertisements said Work Hard, Conference Rooms Available, Find Your Happy Place (referring to faster internet speeds). Crowds of people rushing by. $140 Uber, people yelling obscenities from cars, traffic for miles, ordering dinner on my GrubHub app during my ride home.

I’m a born and raised Long Islander. I lived in NYC for a time. These things weren’t upsetting in and of themselves. The issue was the sharp contrast it presented with a decision I thought we had made. Continue reading →

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5 Steps to Get Through a Rough Patch in Your Marriage

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It was our three-year Wedding Anniversary and the worst of the worst had reached its climax. I found myself walking out the door 6 months pregnant, with a one-year-old son and a backpack full of pocket change. I didn’t know where I was going, but I was finished with this marriage. Pierre panicked and called everyone he knew to call – my father, our pastor, his mother. It was the latter who got in her car with her husband and immediately drove to our house. They sat us down in separate rooms and listened. For the first time, I was sharing my heart with someone outside of my home. That night, she convinced me to stay. Continue reading →

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Catch Them in the Act! A Proven Method of Discipline

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Have you ever been going about your day peacefully, when suddenly your child does or says something that is completely unacceptable? You quickly jump into action to catch them in the act, pointing out the deed, making sure your child knows what they have committed will not be tolerated. You may even wag your finger, raise your voice, and threaten punishment if said behavior is ever exhibited again. This is what we call discipline, and it’s a must. Children need to know when they’re out of line.

Sooo why then do we find ourselves in this cycle over and over again concerning the same exact behaviors? Continue reading →

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Race to Nowhere: The Pressure on Overachieving Children

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I feel as though I am sounding like a broken record, but I have education on the brain a lot lately. Yesterday I spoke about how and why to avoid having your children placed on a remedial track in public school; but what about children like me who are placed in advanced tracks from Elementary school? Is it beneficial? What are the ramifications of having high expectations set on you for achievement from a young age? We look at our overachieving smiling kiddos and assume they’re happy, but a lot of times they are under tremendous tension. Continue reading →

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Your Child is Not Remedial: The Problem with Tracking

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The other day I wrote about shedding the labels others put on you and learning to Identify Yourself. Little did I know how timely it was because I had a conversation with some moms today that really got me…heated. Every so often I get a glimpse into what others are experiencing with their children and it just makes me ache inside. I am a Homeschooler, and although I don’t believe there is a clear cut answer for how everyone should educate their children, I believe other options need to be explored when there are definite issues with the current state of affairs. Continue reading →

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