Four Surprising Things About Compassion

I’ve been inspired lately to learn about compassion. Not just compassion for our “tribe,” which comes pretty naturally, but for those not in our tribe. It’s not easy to find compassion for people that we don’t like, that we don’t agree with or that behave in difficult ways.

Introvert or Extrovert: Understanding and Supporting Your Child’s Nature

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert? What about your child? Knowing your natural tendencies and those of your family will help you better understand and support your loved ones.

Simple Ways to Cultivate a Respectful Home (and World)

Urban Dictionary defines RESPECT as “Treating others in a dignified manner.”

This definition does not conjure up images of my childhood. Like many, I grew up in a home filled with name calling, fighting, blaming and other forms of disrespect…

Dear Parent, Your job is not to be perfect.

Okay, I have to admit that I’m writing this mostly for me. But I’m guessing that I’m not alone on this one.
As a recovering perfectionist, I find that often the hardest person for me to forgive is myself. Anyone else ever experience this?..

Validation – Key to Connecting with Your Kids

Can you remember a time when you were struggling and someone really listened to you? Maybe they said, “That’s so hard” instead of giving you advice. Or maybe they shared a time when they felt the same way? They validated your experience, making you feel less alone…

A Mantra for Tweens and Teens: Comparison is the Thief of Joy

Imagine being a tween or teenager today. You easily see how many social media followers, friends and post likes you have compared to others. You scroll your feed and see your friends enjoying a party you weren’t invited to. Every day you’re bombarded with selfies and images that are edited to perfection.
It takes Herculean inner-strength not to constantly compare yourself to others!

Screen Time: Time for a Family (and National) Conversation?

Last night, my family watched ABC’s Special News Report “Screen Time” by Diane Sawyer. It features families struggling to find balance in their homes alongside experts and research findings on the impact of screen time.

This is the first generation of kids to be raised with devices, leaving many parents feeling overwhelmed.  The show prompted open, honest conversation with my kids about technology and our habits. I highly recommend watching the program with your family. The content is appropriate for elementary-aged children all the way up to teens. Commercial breaks provide a great time for conversation.

Four Things Your Teenager Wished You Understood About Them

It happened so fast. My usually cheerful daughter transitioned into a mood-filled teenager. We still see glimpses of her former self, but a more independent and intense aspect of her personality is emerging.  Although this change has been surprising, it’s perfectly normal. And it’s prompted some changes to my parenting style to respect and embrace this new phase.

A Tribute to Teachers

My daughter’s elementary school has a beautiful tradition on the last day of school. At the end of the day, all of the teachers line the staircase as the outgoing fifth grade class descends the steps for the last time…A final farewell between students and teachers that have shared six meaningful years under the sameContinue reading “A Tribute to Teachers”

Family Dinner Topic: How Can We Make This An Awesome Summer For Our Family?

Ahhh, summer break has arrived. Longer days, less structure and more family time can be a recipe for bliss…or battles and boredom. So last night at dinner I asked this question: “How can we make this an awesome summer for our family?”…