wise words from auntie artichoke

Internet Safety- For Parents and Children

Internet is Great Resource- But Be Careful Mostly the Internet is useful and fun and definitely here to stay. But I recommend keeping the Internet access on a family computer in a communal area, like a living room, rather than in children’s bedrooms. Kids might protest, but you are the parents. It is much better […]

Cyberbullying – New Term – Old Concepts

The term cyberbullying did not exist a decade ago but mean people did. Cyberbullying is the repeated use of technology to harass, humiliate or threaten others. The techniques and styles of bullying have changed but the cruelty and power struggles are still going on in schools internationally. Bullies are not limited to the classroom, hall […]

Rules for Respect-Boundaries of Behavior

Though children and young adults will get mixed or conflicting messages from the television, magazine and friends, they need you to set and enforce clear, respectful rules and limits. They need to know that you expect them to do and be their best. By providing this guidance you will help them learn how to be […]

Football Players Suspended For Hazing in Montana

My husband and I read the local Missoula newspaper each morning at breakfast. It is called the Missoulian and has some of the finest writers and photo journalists in the country. Many come here to the University Of Montana for the school of journalism and then stay because of the beautiful country and caring community. […]

Speak Up Against Gay Bashing Teens

Have you smiled and walked away when someone told a joke about “fags?” Were you aware that the number one insult between teenage boys has to do with sexual orientation? When you read the news of young teens killing themselves, do you not think it has anything to do with you? When you see celebrities […]

5 Tips for Family Resilience- Bounce Back From Adversity

5 Tips for Family Resilience- Bounce Back From Adversity Family resilience is the ability to bounce back from the adversities and bad luck that befall us.  No family or individual is immune from misfortune and tragedy. Daily life is filled with challenges to individual members of the family and sometimes to the family unit itself. […]

Family Fun

51 ways to have fun with your family this summer for little or no money… Take a hike. Go around the block, up the mountain, down the trail or under the elm trees. Ideally, we should all be walking 10,000 steps a day. Ride bikes. If the adults don’t have bikes, borrow them from the […]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-04-24

Irritating friend? Say this outloud "That doesn't work for me." Judy H. Wright #wisdom # Have you read John Randolph Price? Then connect with me at http://www.EmpowermentWithJudy.com #wisdom # @solardude1 thanks for that tweet. Solar is super important right now. # RTmyquote“Write WAIT on your hand before a meeting. Means Why Am I Talking? Have […]

Extraordinary Indigo Children

The Extraordinary Indigo Children Do you feel that your child acts and behaves in a certain way, which is different from other children of his age? If yes, you might be having an indigo child. Indigo children became well known after Nancy Ann Tappe developed the idea in 1970s and the concept gained popularity in […]

How to Really Listen to a Child – Guest blogger

How to Really Listen to a Child by Heather When we really listen to a child – we enter into their world.  Their reality. When we really listen to a child – the simple things become magical and our lives are never the same: A stick becomes a magical wishing and healing wand to make […]

Beautiful Granddaughter To Attend Missoula Children’s Theater

Chester teen to attend performing arts program CHESTER — Amanda Loosli, 15, will soon take an important step toward her goal of being an actress. The Chester teen will take part in the prestigious Next Step Prep six-week workshop this summer. Next Step Prep is a performing arts boarding school located at the Missoula Children’s […]

Children Need Free Time to Daydream and Think

“I am bored.” “Why wont you play with me?” “I want to do something fun.” Children may not know how to spend time alone with themselves.  They may feel they are entitled to have fun and be entertained all day long by parents, friends and electronic equipment. Some people have called this phenomenon into a […]

How To Deal With A Difficult Child – Rude, Defiant and Lazy

Why won’t my kid behave? What makes him so angry? How can I control his angry behavior? Why is his behavior rude and obnoxious? How can we teach respect and responsibility? Are all kids his age lazy?  What am I doing wrong? Difficult Child or Child Having Difficult Day? These are common questions that come […]

Raising Kids on a Budget Quiz

Hello from beautiful Montana: This morning (at 6am!) I am speaking on a radio show for parents in New York.  As I was preparing (opening my eyes) I remembered a quiz I had prepared for a parenting class last year.  Hope you enjoy it. If you know most of the answers, you are a Super […]

PostPartum Depression and Mental Health for Women

I recently attended an excellent conference in Missoula, Montana sponsored by Postpartum Support International.  I honestly don’t know why Mothers need to know: “You are not alone. You are not to blame. With help, you will be well.” I was prompted to go, since it was very clinical and designed from nurses, physicians, social workers […]

Top 3 Worries-Health, Relationships and Money

Health and physical well being is one of the top 3 worries in life. As I work with individuals and families, it is easy to see how illness affects the dynamics of their daily lives. However, as we work on a deeper level, I also see how their attitudes and belief systems are often showing […]

Feel Empowered With Difficult Co-Workers

Feeling Empowered – Difficult Co-workers Do you have a difficult co-worker?  Is there someone at work who is just a pain in the neck? Do they whine, complain, not do their share of work, or have habits that are annoying? If a neighbor was exhibiting the behavior, we could shut our door, or build a […]

Aunt or Auntie

What Is An Auntie? Is it Different From An Aunt? Do you have an Auntie? I hope so because everybody deserves to have someone in their lives who will encourage, support and think they are wonderful. Many people have asked me about my title of Auntie Artichoke. Whose aunt am I? Do I have many […]

Life Lessons

Life Lesson-“Don’t say no automatically, ask why you should say yes.” Judy H. Wright Life Lesson-“Do you think a positive attitude can be taught? Model it for others.” Judy H. Wright Life Lessons-“Employers would much rather have good attitudes than good aptitudes. We can teach skills.” Judy H. Wright “Whenever there is another human being, […]