Author Archives: Mcclain W.

Teach Your Kids How NOT to Succeed?

It has been said that a person’s character is not defined by their success, but more in the way they handle failure. Not performing well or accomplishing something right away can take its toll on one’s ego. Failure can feel embarrassing, belittling, or frustrating. But it shouldn’t because all failure really means is that you had the balls to try ...

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The Art Of The Deal

“Let’s make a deal,” says my 4-year-old as he sits down at the dinner table. “I’ll eat 3 carrots, 5 bites of rice, and all my chicken if I can have ice cream later.” I consider his proposal and counter with my own. “I’m going to amend your deal. If you eat ALL of you carrots, 7 bites of rice, ...

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Things That Go Bump In The Night

Virtually, everyone can remember a time in their childhood when they were scared of monsters, or ghosts, or vampires, or anything that goes thump in the night. And if you have children, then you probably have dealt with them going through a similar fear that resulted in them crying and begging to be rescued from whatever evil lurks in the ...

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Rethinking Parenting – Should We Be Raising Adults?

Years ago, an old coworker and I were discussing the different strategies that parents use to raise their children. Since neither of us was parents ourselves, we had no business even talking about it but we thought we knew everything (as most people that don’t have kids tend to do.) After all, it is significantly easier to dish out advice ...

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Should Children Be Given THC or CBD?

Last Friday, my sister’s Mother-in-Law called crying. No, there was no family emergency. No, nothing out of the ordinary had occurred. No, there was nothing that my sister, her husband, or anyone could do. In fact, her Mother-in-Law’s tears (tethering the line of a full-blown meltdown) had become so normal in the everyday scheme of things, that it barely registered ...

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Teaching Your Kid About COVID-19

Understanding COVID-19, how it works, what the symptoms are, and how to handle it is tricky for a smart-functioning adult to grasp. This is mainly due to the fact that it’s probably the first pandemic any of us have ever dealt with which means we DON’T really know how to deal with it. So, if fully-functioning adults don’t know how ...

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Protecting Your Child Against Predators

Full disclosure: Writing this article is far from easy for me. It’s taken me weeks to process the information and I’m not doing a very good job with it. So as hard as this is for me to write, I hope that it will serve a purpose to protect you and your family. I’ve spent the last 6 years of ...

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Promises vs. Life’s Roadblocks

I am a huge believer in the saying, “my word is my bond.” When I tell someone I’m going to do something, I will try and move mountains to stick to my promise. And I believe integrity and trust are two of the most important qualities you can instill in your child. Because leading by example is the best teacher, ...

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When ADHD Is Misdiagnosed in Children

You probably don’t have to have a child or be a nanny, school teacher, daycare worker, nurse, or coach to know that there are a shocking amount of cases in the United States in which children are diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactive Disorder). In fact, according to the CDC, over 11% of children between the ages of 4 ...

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Does Co-Sleeping Create Dependency?

When my son was born, his dad and I had already decided we would NOT be one of those parents that allowed our baby to sleep in the same room as us. We had carefully weighed out the pros and cons of co-sleeping and inevitably decided that it bred codependence and would be a difficult habit to break when the ...

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