Dr. Minette Riordan is the founder of North Texas Kids magazine and an ACPI Certified Coach for Parents. She is passionate about helping parents create better connections to their kids through relationships, time together and access to the resources they need to raise happy, healthy kids. She is the mother of two kids, aged 11 and 8. She loves public speaking, training and workshops in addition to her coaching and work at NTK. In her spare time, she loves being outside with her family or entertaining. She loves to cook and is a closet American Idol fan. You can read her complete bio at www.minetteriordan.com.

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My Kids are Home – How Do I Feel About That?

By minette

My kids returned last night after two weeks in Colorado with their Grandparents. They had a blast, they crammed more into a two week visit that I could have imagined: hiking, crafts, cooking, video games, miniature golf, campouts/campfires, go karts, horseback riding and more. I am sure my parents are feeling worn out from all the unusual activity. Both kids and grandparents had very mixed feelings about leaving. The kids were sad to leave but ready to come home (my daughter made up for two weeks with no mama hugs in about two hours last night). My parents were sad to see them go but ready for a break. I know how they felt. My feelings during the two weeks were very mixed.

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Where does Play fit into our children’s future?

By minette

I have had two interesting occurrences in the last week with the theme of children and play that have made me stop and think about what we are teaching our children and what values we are instilling in them about making room in their lives for play time.

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Crying over Sleep Away Camp Paperwork

By minette

It’s sad but true, I was reading through the Parent Handbook for my daughter’s Girl Scout camp and I got all teary. She is my baby, my sweet little 8 year old girl who is so excited and so nervous about going away to camp. I could not believe how sad I got just reading the handbook, what silliness, I thought to myself. She had a rough time at her first Girl Scout camp out a month ago and is worried she will be embarrassed and picked on if other girls see she is sad. It is sad to say that this is a real concern. Girls can be so mean to each other, which horrifies me, but that is a post for another day.

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A Sunday Afternoon at the Frisco Roughriders Baseball Game

By minette

There is nothing more traditionally “All-American” than a baseball game! Our neighbor generously gifted us 4 tickets to see the Sunday afternoon game at the DrPepper 7Up Ballpark in Frisco, TX. The Roughriders are a minor league team but that doesn’t make it any less exciting. In fact, the ballpark is beautiful and small enough […]

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When You Want to Throw a Tantrum!

By minette

Do your kids ever drive you so crazy that you want to act just like them, lay down on the floor kicking and screaming and flailing your arms to get all your excess energy out? Have you ever tried it? When was the last time you allowed yourself to express your own feelings with that level of intensity?

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A New Perspective on Temper Tantrums

By minette

Imagine that children have this beautiful cup inside of them, I always see it as a silver chalice with the cup just below their hearts, where they store all of their hurts. Imagine that cup filling with droplets of anger, hurt, frustration, sadness, all of the emotions that children feel on any given day. That cup can only hold so much until it is going to spill over. As our children find themselves spending more time away from us, they may store their hurts more quickly, especially if they don’t feel safe expressing their feelings outside of their home and their safe place, you. If you have a very sensitive child, they are going to need to empty their hurt cup more often than other children.They are not doing this to make you made, to push your buttons or just because they can. There is no such thing as no reason to cry. We cannot know what children are feeling or what hurts they have stored, we can only love and support them in releasing the hurt.

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Ways we Invalidate Our Children’s Feelings

By minette

One of my favorite talks focuses on how to connect to our children by learning to listen to their feelings. I am passionate about sharing this information, so over the next couple of days I want to share some of the tips and ideas from this talk with you. Much of the information is based on the the book Connection Parenting by Pam Leo, which is available on Amazon.com.

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Are you ready for summer camp?

By minette

The only thing I know for sure is that both of my kids are going to sleep away camps for the first time this summer. My son to Camp Langston in east Texas. He can’t wait to ride an ATV. My daughter is going to Girl Scout camp with several girls from her Brownie troop. Part of me is happy they want to go, looking forward to a week alone with my husband but a bigger part of me is panicking. What am I doing sending my babies off without me or at least a grandparent to watch over them?

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