Ashley D Haugen

Peaceful Discipline


Kids misbehave, but it’s when they do so badly and in public view that stresses parents out. Here’s how to peacefully discipline your children … that works.

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Last February, local grandmother, Janet Davies, took her 9-year-old granddaughter, Lillie, to Honduras to meet Cindy Carolina Maria José Murta, a little girl Davies sponsors at the Our Little Roses children’s home. Lillie, who’d had several years of weekly Spanish classes in school, ironically had a difficult time conversing with little Cindy. “Being in Honduras… Read more »

When Kindergarten Calls


Kindergarten. I can picture it like it was yesterday. Tears flowing. Hugs aplenty. Sobs interrupted only by the desperate pleas of, “Please, don’t leave me!” And that was just my mom.

The Sky’s the Limit!


When I was in second grade, there was a little girl in my class – Ellie – who, before the politically correct era, people referred to as retarded, meaning quite literally that she was slow. She could not physically keep up, and as second grade drew to a close, she was falling behind academically. Second… Read more »

First-Class Classes For Preschoolers


Coco Kyriopoulos, a Nashville mother of two, has encouraged her 2-year-old son Charlie’s involvement in enrichment programs since he was 6 months old. She says there’s no doubt the activities are beneficial. “I have seen Charlie develop two important behaviors as a result of the (Funikijam) classes,” says Kyriopoulos. “How to take turns and how… Read more »

The Ears Have It!


If you have kids – no matter what their age – you’re bound to encounter an ear ailment sooner or later. Here are some common ones and what you need to know to get through them.