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Let’s face it – on a day to day basis, parenting can be tough.  It’s a challenging and sometimes scary job.  I think it’s the most important job on the planet.  But it can also be the most rewarding.

I’m a mother and grandmother who has a passion for kids! Over the years, I’ve learned a LOT about children.  I’ve also learned that all parents need support.   I intend to provide you with good information, resources and encouragement that will help you become a caring, confident parent and help you raise great kids!   I hope you’ll bookmark this site, or subscribe to my blog to have articles delivered straight to your inbox.

Thanks for visiting! Laurie Cooper, Your Parenting Partner ~Because no one should raise a child alone~

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When A Pet Dies – Talking To Children About Death

talking to children about deathFor most kids, pets are more than just animals.  So when a pet dies, talking to children about death is one of the most difficult things you will do.  After all, pets are usually deeply loved members of the family, their best friend, their source of comfort and companionship. Unfortunately, the joy of loving a pet goes hand-in-hand with the heartbreak of losing one.  So what do you do when a pet dies?  How do you tell the kids?  What Continue reading

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Parent/Child Problems


Angel Child or Devil Child? When Kids Save Their Bad Behavior for You

Angel Child or Devil Child? When Kids Save Their Bad Behavior for YouHave you ever heard someone talk about how well-behaved your child is and thought in disbelief, “Excuse me? Are you talking about my kid?” While we usually enjoy hearing good things about our children, being told that your child is an angel by others can be confusing and frustrating when she’s out of control at home. It’s one thing if your child Continue reading

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Best FREE Iphone Apps For Moms

Looking for a bargain or a kid-friendly dinner?  There’s an app for that!  Here are some of the best FREE Iphone Apps for Moms to help make your life a little easier:

  • Best Free Iphone Apps For MomsMom Maps  Need to find indoor fun on a rainy day?  Looking for a great play date place?  This app provides a list of nearby locations that are kid-friendly, such as parks, playgrounds, restaurants, museums, and even indoor play areas.  This app is especially helpful when you’re traveling.Mom Maps Free - New Media Parents, Inc. Continue reading
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Building Confidence and Self Esteem In Your Child

  buidling confidence and self esteemAs a parent, you have the greatest influence of building confidence and self-esteem in your child. For the first 4 or 5 years, parents are the most important contributor. Once a child starts school, teachers and friends begin to play an important role in building confidence and self esteem.  And once he reaches adolescence, his peer group has an incredible impact.  The more positive his confidence and self-esteem is before adolescence, the Continue reading

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How To Be A Good Dad

how to be a good dadKids need their Dad . . . but How to be a good Dad isn’t always easy.  The most important thing. . .  Dad needs to be there in some way, every day.

In Honor of Fathers Day – This is a good article by Julian Marcus via that addresses ’12 Traits Of A Good Father’

“Anyone can be a father, but it takes a real man to be a daddy.”
– Anonymous

A good father makes all the difference in a child’s life. He’s a pillar of strength, support and discipline. His work is endless and, oftentimes, thankless. But in the end, it shows in the sound, well-adjusted children he raises.

On Father’s Day, much of the world will take the time to appreciate the work of good fathers. While you show your admiration for your own dad, take the time to see if you yourself have what it takes to be a great father, whether you have children or plan to.

1- He’s a good disciplinarian
A good father loves his children, but he doesn’t Continue reading

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2011 Top Baby Names in America – Including Top Names For Twins

Jacob and Sophia Top The List as the 2011 Top Baby Names in America, according to the report recently released by The Social Security Administration. The Top Names for Twins were Olivia & Sophia, Daniel & David and Madison & Mason.

This is the thirteenth year in a row Jacob tops the list for boys. Sophia took the lead for girls, knocking Isabella down to number 2 after claiming the top spot for the past two years. The only new name Continue reading

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What Makes A Good Mother?

What makes a good mother?  According to a recent national survey, 76% of kids say their mom gives them good advice.  The survey showed that the top 3 characteristics of a good mother were:  74% supportive, 73% understanding and 34% inspiring.  Funny and giving followed close behind at 30% each.

Mothers Day is a special day to really let our Moms know how much we love them. Here are a few quotes I love in honor of Mother’s Day. Continue reading

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Mothers Day Funny – ‘Why God Made Moms’

To all you beautiful Moms out there that are making this world a better place, one child at a time, here’s a Mothers Day funny I hope will put a smile on your face!  Happy Mothers Day!

“Why God Made Moms” – answers given by elementary school age children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?

1. She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.

2. Mostly to clean the house.

3. To help us out of there when we were getting born. Continue reading

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Parenting and Discipline – Being Consistent Is The Key

The most important thing I’ve learned about parenting and discipline is relatively simple if you focus on this one thing: consistency.

Being consistent is harder than it sounds, but the effort it takes is well-worth the long-term results. When children know, without a shadow of a doubt, that you say what you mean and mean what you say, their behavior will rapidly fall into place. And without the yelling, arguing and tantrums.


Consistent Parenting: Unlock the Secret

Consistent Parenting: Unlock the Secret“Being consistent is the hardest thing of all,” many parents tell us. And it’s so true—it’s easy to lay down a rule and then let it slide when you’re tired or in a hurry. In this article, James Lehman explains why consistency is the key to your child’s behavior—and tells you ways to keep on track when you feel like giving up. Continue reading

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Great Easter Egg Ideas – Hardboiled Egg Bunnies and Chicks

Here are a few great Easter Egg Ideas – turn your hardboiled eggs into Bunnies and Chicks.  Your kids will love helping you transform their Easter Eggs into these fun, adorable critters.
After dyeing and decorating your Easter eggs, just peel off the shells to begin. (From Family Fun Magazine)


Two days before you plan to serve the eggs, open a jar of pickled beets and replace the beets with peeled hard-boiled eggs. Completely submerge the eggs and return the jar to the refrigerator. After two days, drain the eggs and pat dry. Cut and add a carrot triangle nose, chive whiskers and black sesame seed eyes.  Use toothpicks to connect the head, body and ears together. Continue reading

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