Dealing With A Difficult Co-Parent

Six Tips For Improving Your Co-Parenting On Your Own Co-parenting isn’t easy. You’re no longer with your ex for a reason, and yet your lives, and many major decisions, remain intertwined. So what do you do when you and your ex can’t agree on a single thing? Here are six ...
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Top Timeout FAQs

Making Timeouts Work For You: Common Timeout FAQs As noted in last month’s article “The Ten Absolute Timeout Musts,” timeouts work wonders, but only when used properly. To increase the success of  timeouts, Achieve Life Balance, collected answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to timeout: What Behaviors ...
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Co parenting with an ex

Co-Parenting With the Ex

5 Tips for Co-Parenting With An Ex Your children are watching the two of you interact—and learning from it. They’re not only observing how you communicate, they’re storing away these methods as the foundation for future relationships. Your kids don’t just want you to get along; they need you to get along ...
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Ten Absolute Timeout Musts

Have a young child? Chances are you’ve used timeouts. Timeouts are considered very effective and one of the few strategies recommended a by the American Academy of Pediatrics (APP).  However, timeouts only work when used properly-something most parents are failing to do! While three out of four parents use timeout ...
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Struggling with Timeout? Try These Alternatives

Slight Alternatives to the Traditional Timeout Tammy Linn had used timeouts on her first two daughters with great success. Her youngest, four-year-old Ella remained a challenge. Energetic and head-strong, Ella’s curiosity was often at odds with Mom’s rules. The more Tammy tried to reign in Ella, the stronger Ella’s need ...
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Live In the Now: 5 Ways to Stay Present

It’s difficult to keep a quiet mind.  Don’t believe me? Try keeping your thoughts static for just one minute and see how much your mind wanders. Indeed, research shows that the average person’s mind focuses on the current task at hand only 30 percent of the time—70 percent of the ...
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Give up the Guilt

Four of the most common complaints I hear from moms include their high levels of stress, poor sleeping habits and insomnia, a lack of me-time, and constant feelings of guilt. Out of all of them, guilt appears to elicit the most negative emotions of all of them. Why does guilt have such ...
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Parenting On the Same Page

How Parents Can Work Together- Parents don’t always agree, even parents living in the same household. Along with money and sex, parenting is one of the top ten reasons spouses argue. It makes sense.  We weren’t raised in the same household.  Each one of us brings our childhood experiences into the ...
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Run Against Insomnia

If you have insomnia, exercise can help-but don't expect immediate results. Research shows it's more likely to take months before the benefits kick in.  But the effort will pay off! Here are some tips and information on a recent study that may eventually, with patience, lead to a great night's ...
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Stress and Parenting 2

Reducing stress is hardly simple, but it's certainly worth it.  No one needs to be reminded that stress affects our physical and emotional health, relationships, parenting, and the list goes on. Worse, reading about the damages of stress is often all it takes to-- well, stress us out! Now for some ...
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Insomnia Loves Women

Sleep deprived? You're not alone. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 30 to 40 percent of adults have insomnia symptoms at least once a year. Up to 15 percent of adults have chronic insomnia--they struggle every night with sleep. Another group of adults have chronic-intermittent insomnia, meaning they sleep ...
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Mom Guilt- What Your Kids Have to Say

A Must See For Moms Who Feel "Guilty" A New Perspective For Moms from Elevation Church on Vimeo. Are you always feeling guilty as a mom? "Give Up the Guilt" a must read ...
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An ALB Exercise: What Are Your Core Values?

What are Your Core Values? When was the last time you considered what your core values are, the beliefs that mean the most to you? How quickly could you list the values you want to live by and pass on to your children?  One of the my favorite exercises is ...
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Success Is In Your Hands

Sifting through my paperwork, I found a list of 10 things I pledged to do. I’m guessing it’s over a year old. And while I noticed that I haven’t mastered all of my pledges, I’m actually doing fairly well. A lot of my success is related to my life coaching ...
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Parenting Classes

What Would You Like to Gain From Taking Parenting Classes? Parenting is not only the toughest job you'll have, but one of the most significant. After all, your job is to turn a dependent child into a self-sustaining adult! Of course, you want to be the best parent you can ...
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I Pledge to…Change My Life Today

I PLEDGE to change my life, by focusing on the following TEN goals: So as I review my pledge list from last year, I feel rather good.  I haven’t mastered my list, by any means, but by utilizing my coaching training, I’m actually hitting 7 out of 10. I Pledge ...
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Traits of An Effective Parent

An Effective Parent: Provides clear and consistent rules and expectations: If you don't know what the rules are, how are your children supposed to know? Make a set of rules, post them, follow them. Just a simple list will do ...
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Stress and Parenting

Contact Susan for a free consultation and learn how you can personally learn to reduce and manage your stress. Or visit the following links for additional resources. 10 Immediate Stress Busters Learn How to Meditate Why It's Emotionally Healthy to Cry Emotional Health Resources Sleep and Hormone Resources ...
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Congratulations Dawn Cable WON A FREE PARENTING WORKSHOP

Congratulations Dawn Cable! Dawn won the FREE parenting workshop.  It was great meeting you Dawn! WIN A FREE one-on-one (or couple's) parenting workshop of your choice from Achieve Life Balance, LLC!*   The winner can choose one of the following parenting topics: --stress management --parenting on the same page (perfect ...
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Don’t Yell–10 Immediate Stress Busters

Before you yell, try one of these 10 easy and immediate stress relievers: ...
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Not enough time for your spouse? Start here

Sit down together. On a separate piece of paper, take five minutes for each of you to write down as many couple's activities/connections as you can. Include activities/connections that fit in the following categories: those that take less than 1 minute (such as a lingering hug, sexy kiss or complimenting one another, ...
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What Are You Capable Of?

Before we get to that answer, let's look at ten things you probably didn't know about me...and why I should not be a success. (Bear with me...I promise, this really isn't about me at all.) I'm an introvert. Good friends know, it's almost impossible to get me out at night unless ...
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Even Small Steps Move You Forward

Ever had a day you couldn't wait to get through? How about a week? A month? Gasp--a year? Sometimes it's easy to pinpoint the cause of such trials (a dreaded job, a major lifestyle change). Other times, it's nearly impossible to recognize the source of angst, making changing your situation ...
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The Benefits of Coming Undone

Undone. Unravel. Are we talking breakdown? Absolutely. A mental and emotional breakdown. To be absolutely clear: I'm not referring to a psychological meltdown of any kind. Let's try: Untangle...unfold...unbend How about: Straighten...align... Is the picture getting clearer? Sometimes our mind is so full of clutter, bursting with thoughts and emotions, that even ...
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Survey: SAHM Planning Ahead for Your Career

Are you a SAHM contemplating a future return to work? Have you already returned to work and want to share your advice? Perhaps you are a SAHM mom and have no idea what your future will look like. Get your thoughts flowing here: Create your own user feedback survey ...
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What Mom Says vs. What Mom Means

Do Any of These Sound Familiar? Mom Says:  “Maybe” Mom Means: “No! Never! I hope you forget all about this!” Kids Hear: “Yes! Yes! Yes! No doubt about it, “YES!” Reality:  Your kids bug you over and over until you not only give in, you give them everything they asked them for plus ...
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Never Work a Day in Your Life

You’ve heard the sayings before: Live to work: don’t work to live. Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life. Success doesn’t create happiness; happiness creates success. Chase a dream, not a pay check. Okay, I made the last one up. Why?  Because my dream ...
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One New Thing

We all want to make improvements in our lives (at least, we should want to). So, why not set up a challenge? Just one itty-bitty trial a day.  Is there any fear you've wanted to conquer?  A hobby you've wanted to take on? I'd like to give credit where it's ...
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Finding Passion

If everyone on this planet had the same interests and same capabilities our progress would be very limited, our world incredibly boring. It is our differences that provide value.  It is our interests that provide the drive. Know anyone driven by a hobby?  Someone who spends their evening tinkering in ...
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Go Ahead And Cry, Baby!

Do you hold back tears or are you an emotional waterfall? Despite decades of study, little is known about tears, but there’s no doubt crying is a healthy, natural and important process. Did you know that humans are the only animals who shed emotional tears? For any of you who ...
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Freelance? Me?

Use your current skills, past experience, even hobby knowledge to create a product or service you'd love to sell. Of course, some jobs might require a class or certification, and all require a persistent can-do attitude.   You might even have to offer a few freebies to friends or potential customers to ...
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Create A Career

Are you a mom ready to return to work?  Maybe you have a job, but it's time for a change?  Have you ever considered creating your own a career?  Start with your passion.  Don't have one? Create a Passion List first.  Then try the following method to see if you can make a ...
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Outdated Sex Life

7-year-old: “Mom, what is sex?” Mom (thinking back through the last seven years, and finally, shrugging): “I have NO idea.” Do any of these confessions sound familiar? ‘I can’t remember the last time we went on a date.’   ‘My husband and I seem more like roommates than a married couple.’ ...
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SAHM Stay Relevant

If you've taken any length of time off from work (a paying job) to be a mom, or if you altered your career-path to make family time more manageable, you might have a few fears about returning to the workforce, particularly when it comes to how marketable you still are.  ...
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