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  1. I love this! I’ve been starting to remind myself of the potential of “re-do’s” when it comes to parenting, as well as allowing my children the opportunity to “re-do” something that turned negative. I love this idea of 5 good acts!

  2. Yes, we all lose our cool once in awhile and it’s important to be reminded that when you do, that doesn’t make you a bad parent. Great article!

  3. What fabulous tips these are! For more ideas on big-hearted connection, our website offers service projects (many can be done at home) and ideas for family volunteering. Both offer opportunities to do good for others while having big-hearted fun together as a family. Thanks also for the tip that apologies are important. Mistakes do happen, but it’s our connection that matters most.

  4. Hi, I keep trying to download the 16 miracle phrases so I can print and it is not working. I have put my email in several times. Help

    1. Hi Lylah, thank you for letting me know! You uncovered a little glitch in the system so I’ll fix that and message you with the printable right now. :-)

  5. HI Kelly
    I’m soon going to be home schooling my 8 yo daughter and awaiting the arrival of a little one in July. I think with a just born n 8 yo I need to exercise a lot of patience to keep myself sane. I do lose it some times but some how it makes me feel the first time around its like a trial and error. I’m sure I’m going paste 5:1 on my wall as a reminder. Lovely ideas at the right time! Thanks so much for sharing them!

  6. Stephanie Sanfrancesco says:

    I love the hair band idea and the 5:1 ratio, all the ideas you give to reconnect with your child. I started using them with my younger kids. I just wish there was a list for teenagers too because it so happens I tend to loose my cool with them as well but I doubt they will want to do much of anything on that list!

  7. I’m 43 years old. I have raised 2 amazing daughters Lindsey 25 and Sidney 21. My 21 year old had my first granddaughter Londyn who is 13 mths. I don’t always have the best answers for Sidney on how to handle some of the stresses of being a new mom especially with a toddler and the tantrums. So, it’s so nice also very helpful to know you’re not a bad parent for getting frustrated. These articles and sharing your experiences has been such a blessing to have. Thank you for making this available. Love it!!!

  8. I love this – it rings so true for kids of all ages. However if anyone has a list of ways to reconnect with moody teenagers whi usually only grunt rather than communicating, and who you’ve shouted at because they are still in bed at midday and haven’t out their clothes in the laundry basket after the 8th time of asking (I counted) I’d be really grateful!!

  9. Thank you so much for the encouragement. My 5 children range in age from 24 to 10. As challenging as that is I know your wisdom will still help to repair and strengthen, even with the oldest! Thank you!

  10. Great information!! So helpful!! I loved your other article about 5 min of cuddle time after school. That is such a great idea! I’m going to try it! :)

  11. I’m glad I found your article. Was great to read it.
    Thanks for sharing and the time you put in this.

  12. Hi, is there a way I can print out your article without the advertisements and all? Like in the format of just your article?

  13. I think it is so very brave of you to share the exact harsh words that you have told your little one. In the sea of “never-wrong” parenting gurus, this is a true pleasure.

  14. Kelly I just found your website and I love it! I can relate to your ups and downs- we are all trying to take it one day at a time. My littlest guy got on the bus for in-person learning today for the first time. Man it hit me, for months, I couldn’t wait for some alone time and now I really miss his sweet little voice! I write about the same thing- connection and ways to find it. Balance is what I work toward daily- will this quest last forever??!!

  15. Great post! I love your phrases for connecting positively with your child or grandchild, in my case! And thanks for sharing that even parenting experts can lose their temper occasionally. :-)