Healthy relationships, Parenting

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...

Healthy relationships, Inspirations, Parenting

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?..

Healthy relationships, Parenting

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...

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.

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...

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?