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Healthy relationships, Parenting

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.

Healthy relationships, Parenting

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.

Inspirations, Parenting

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 same… Continue reading A Tribute to Teachers

Family Dinner, Parenting

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?"...

Healthy relationships, Parenting

Four Relationship Skills that are Important for Families (That are Not Taught in School)

There’s scientific evidence that healthy relationships are foundational to a healthy life. But in childhood or as a young adult did you ever learn the skills that lead to healthy relationships? Me neither...

Inspirations, Parenting

My Most Meaningful Baby Gift – Birthday Letter Book

Way back at my baby shower in 2006, I received a simple book filled with blank pages. The instructions read, “Every year, write a birthday letter to your child and add it to the book. When they turn 21, give them the book as a tribute to their childhood.” So, on my daughter’s first birthday, I started writing...

Friendship, Healthy relationships, Parenting

The Yoda Way to Guide Kids through Friendship Struggles

As parents, it’s extremely hard to see our kids struggle. We want to alleviate their pain and solve problems, so we jump right in and offer quick solutions. But often, our efforts only make US feel better. And we miss the opportunity to help our kids navigate their emotions, feel heard and develop healthy relational skills. So how do we guide kids through friendship struggles – the Yoda way?