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, 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?

Friendship, Healthy relationships, Parenting

Belonging Vs. Fitting-In at School…and at Home

The past few months, I’ve been spending time in classrooms doing research for my new book. I’m exploring the “weird stuff” that happens in middle school. I’ve asked over 100 tweens and teens, what should be included in this book and the responses have been powerful. The most frequently shared response is….JUDGEMENT. Not surprisingly, judgment… Continue reading Belonging Vs. Fitting-In at School…and at Home

Healthy relationships, Inspirations, Parenting

What if the Point of Parenting, and All Relationships, is Really About Growth?

There are several parenting lessons I wish I’d figured out earlier. For instance, how to navigate toddler tantrums and help my daughter work through anger in a healthy way.  I figured out that lesson about three years later than I wish I had...

Family Dinner, Healthy relationships, Parenting

Family Dinner Topic: What Makes You Feel Loved?

Last week, I wrote about focusing on what really matters as parents. For me, that’s making sure my kids feel loved and worthy. A book that helped me ensure my kids feel loved is The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman.

Healthy relationships, Inspirations, Parenting

Focusing on What Really Matters – Making Sure Kids Feel Worthy and Loved

Helping kids feel loved and worthy…sounds simple enough, right? Interestingly, I’ve noticed it’s not simple at all. It’s so easy to get caught up in day-to-day tasks that daily opportunities to help my kids feel loved and worthy are often missed.