Kelly Flannigan Bos: The Relationship Rescuer

May
27
2014

Become a Better Parent by Focusing Your Energy On THIS

When it Comes to Priorities in the Family, should Parenting Come Second?

Getting the pulse on how our marriage is doing can be tough. With parenting, we know when we are struggling with our children. There is clear evidence when there is strain with our children, with changes in behaviour, sleep, and eating patterns, which we have to manage and keep on top of. We make adjustments—their bedtime, our bedtime, their routine, our response time, etc.

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May
19
2014

Crazy Stupid Arguments: How To Break Bad Cycles

If you are stuck in a cycle of arguing with your partner, here are practical ways to help

Does it ever feel like arguments with your partner have taken place before? New issue, similar rants. A simple discussion about kennelling the dog might turn into a venue for complaints about the financial struggles, disorganization, snide comments about the in-laws—who can't be asked, because they don't respect wishes about any of your parenting requests let alone dog training—and eventually your sex life will be tossed in there for good measure, because somehow this, too, comes up in the discussion.

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Our new baby was just two weeks old when my husband had to leave for work overseas for five weeks. We all missed each other terribly. My five-year-old daughter summed it up perfectly when she said, I miss Daddy like a Mommy and Daddy giraffe miss their baby giraffe when it has been eaten by a lion.” 

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Apr
15
2014

How Toys Can Help Children Reach Milestones

And how older siblings can help with new siblings

milestones and mentoring

Bringing home a second baby is always a big adjustment for the first baby, and my daughter was no exception. As a therapist and mom, I wanted to help my daughter with this transition. Change—no matter how wonderful—can be challenging.

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Apr
14
2014

Why Your Only Child Is Going To Be Just Fine

Debunking the seven most common stereotypes of only children

gwyneth and kids

Every one wants to feel understood, even celebrities. The rich and famous get little sympathy from the average Joe and Jane. Your first world problems will understandably get little empathy from those in the third. But, for the sake of just being human, could there be space for everyone to lament and say life is hard sometimes?

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women networking

In my twenties, I was fortunate to attend a leadership retreat at The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership—a non profit training centre for women. It was founded in 1997 by Naomi Wolf, a bestselling author, and Margot Magowan, writer and radio producer.

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Feb
25
2014

Will You...Marry Mommy?

A Story About Facing Fears and Embracing Life

A good story inevitably has four ingredients: a series of events, an element of suspense, adversity, and triumph. This story will not disappoint—it includes a bride, a groom, and a wedding video with a twist.

Grab a tissue.

 

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Feb
21
2014

Family Flight Tips On The Fly

Tips for You and Your Family

Flying can be trying. It is best to be prepared with entertainment, appropriate clothing, and anything that makes your flight more comfortable and enjoyable. With March break coming up, I wanted to share some of my best flying tips. We fly a lot as a family, so I thought I would share tips that were fresh in my mind, as we were literally en route.

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Feb
20
2014

Five Homework Tips For Students Of All Learning Needs

What you can do to support your children when work is sent home from school

five homework tips for kids

Homework time! Loathed by students and parents alike, difficult to implement for parents, and the last desire of students. It is a frequent topic discussed by stressed out parents in my counselling sessions.

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Feb
10
2014
how to be less stressed

In my therapy practice, people often come to me with a specific issuefor example their relationship with their partnerand as they get talking, they start to share about financial strains, workplace issues, parenting woes, the loss of a loved one, in-law troubles, etc.

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new years plan not sticking

How are your resolutions going? January always represents a fresh start and a time to make goals for the year.

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Jan
20
2014

Have A Mentally Healthy Start To Your Day

Egg White Omelette with a Side of Morning Pages

healthy start to the day

How do you wake up in the morning? Are you having some self reflection? Thinking about dreams, goals and aspirations? Processing and planning with a clear and level head? Or does your alarm come in the form of a child jumping on your head, followed by you staggering down the stairs only to be greeted by a million demands and questions?

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life challenges

“Of course there is no formula for success except, perhaps, an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.” ~Arthur Rubinstein

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Dec
31
2013

10 Cute Ideas for New Non-Traditional Baby Announcements

How to Announce when you are Announcing...Less Traditionally: The Grand Old Use of Stork

Today, I think the stork could be useful in a time when people's children might have come with the help of rounds of IVF, medication, adoption, international adoption, gestational carriers, foster children, etc. Wouldn't it be easier just to say the stork brought him? Perhaps it's just me. We are having baby #2 through a gestational carrier, and I still find that telling some people about our baby news can be less than simple. I have to throw in so much more information than one simple sentence.

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Dec
30
2013

The Gift Of Gratitude

SAY THANK YOU. BE THANKFUL.

After months of planning, shopping, and wrapping, Christmas has left again for another year. For some, it met or exceeded expectations, for others it didn't. Some happily accepted all of their gifts; gifts they didn't ask for, things they didn't need, some even conceded that the thought counted. Others thought that there was just too little thought.

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Dec
23
2013

Christmas Past and Present

Honouring Loved Ones Through Traditions Old and New

decorating christmas tree

There are three little angels that adorn my Christmas tree. They are lovely, delicate, and unique. I cherish them, but mostly for who they represent, someone who is no longer with me at Christmas.    

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Christmas is...?

For some, the answers might be about family time, celebration, religious occasion, weather, hope, a time of giving... the list goes on...

But for many a more complicated answer might form. A time of loss, regret, pain and perhaps just survival.

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Nov
29
2013

Why Do Moms Feel The Need To Be PERFECT?

Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety

mother being overwhelmed

Motherhood can be all-consuming; not only do we have to take care of the basics, the day-to-day tasks of feeding, clothing and cleaning our little people, but we also often feel that it all has to be done with a smile, selflessly, creatively and for many of us, perfectly. Naturally, mothers feel responsible for almost every aspect of our children’s lives, we worry about their self-esteem, academics, health, safety, social skills, minor scrapes and skirmishes and the list goes on.

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