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So far Barbara Pedalino has created 22 blog entries.

The Gift of Patience

What kind of parent are you? When you hold a baby in your arms for the first time, isn’t it an amazing, overwhelming feeling? Are you bursting with love? You wonder how this tiny miracle of life is going to grow up. You consider your [...]

By |2021-11-22T23:05:29+00:00November 17th, 2021|Categories: Parenting, Relationship|Tags: , |Comments Off on The Gift of Patience

What Defense Mechanisms Do You Use?

What are defense mechanisms? Defense mechanisms are psychological strategies that people tend to use unconsciously to protect themselves from anxiety rising from thoughts or feelings. This type of anxiety is generally unwanted or feels unacceptable. On the other hand, some anxiety is actually helpful. It [...]

By |2021-10-06T22:17:37+00:00October 6th, 2021|Categories: Relationship|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on What Defense Mechanisms Do You Use?

“Bang-ups & Hang-ups” of Good Parenting

You grow up and decide to become parents. If you are anything like me, you wish for a crystal ball to forecast the results of your parenting. You want to provide good parenting, healthy parenting. You have some ideas about parenting from your parents, caregivers, [...]

By |2021-09-08T16:09:37+00:00September 8th, 2021|Categories: Parenting|Tags: , , |Comments Off on “Bang-ups & Hang-ups” of Good Parenting

Article Excerpt: 10 Ways of Showing Compassion

1. START WITH YOURSELF The best way to learn how to be compassionate toward others is through self-acceptance. As they say: you can’t learn to truly love others until you learn to love yourself. Praise yourself for your successes (even with small things) and forgive yourself [...]

By |2021-07-09T15:39:06+00:00July 9th, 2021|Categories: Relationship|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Article Excerpt: 10 Ways of Showing Compassion

Freedom with Responsibility

The 4th of July conjures up thoughts of celebration, barbecues, fireworks, freedom, and independence. These modern-day festivities have persisted since 1776 when our founding father, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife in which he detailed his belief that July 4th… will be celebrated, [...]

By |2021-06-25T02:25:33+00:00June 25th, 2021|Categories: Relationship|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Freedom with Responsibility

Wait ‘til Your Father Gets Home!

In the past, “Wait ‘til your father gets home!” was a threat to a misbehaving child. The child was supposed to worry about facing serious punishment when the father returned from work. This adage is no longer effective for a variety of reasons. Threats do [...]

By |2021-06-11T23:26:25+00:00June 11th, 2021|Categories: Children, Parenting|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Wait ‘til Your Father Gets Home!

Life is Resuming…Back-to-School

Now that life is resuming, you may experience a realm of emotions about going out. As much as you may feeling like leaving your home, simultaneously you may experience ambivalence, apprehension, insecurity. Your children may feel elated about returning to school but they also may be [...]

By |2021-04-30T17:38:54+00:00April 30th, 2021|Categories: Children, Parenting|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Life is Resuming…Back-to-School

Can You Help Diffuse Sibling Rivalry?

Have you ever given thought to whether you treat your kids as well as your friends? Are there ways you unwittingly instigate sibling rivalry? Erma Bombeck was an American humorist who brought this question to light in her story Supposing I Treated My Friends Like [...]

By |2021-04-02T17:53:34+00:00March 28th, 2021|Categories: Parenting|Tags: , |Comments Off on Can You Help Diffuse Sibling Rivalry?

And Social Isolation Continues

Previously, I wrote an article entitled: How to Combat Isolation During Coronavirus. I began that “I like to think that out of adversity, we can create positives—whether more family time, quiet time, going outdoors, being creative.” By now we all know ways to be proactive [...]

By |2021-02-17T16:56:48+00:00February 17th, 2021|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , |Comments Off on And Social Isolation Continues

Recipe for Lasting Love

As this love poem reveals, lasting love requires a long list of ingredients. It requires effort, concentration, and time. I am reminded of a quote by Thomas Keller, American chef, restaurateur, and cookbook writer, “A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul [...]

By |2021-02-03T18:31:26+00:00February 3rd, 2021|Categories: Relationship|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Recipe for Lasting Love