Family Dinner Topic: What’s on your post-quarantine bucket list?

As we sat around our dinner table last night, I posed this question to my family: “What’s at the top of your post-quarantine bucket list?”
The responses were heartfelt and simple: “Hang out with friends and neighbors, eat at a favorite restaurant, go to the library, walk to the ice cream shop, get back to a sports practice or fitness routine.
It’s only been a few weeks, but the nostalgia for these regular activities was apparent.

Social/Emotional Kids Activities (FREE)

Social/Emotional activities and experiences help kids develop skills to better understand their world and connect with others. These downloadable activities open the door for conversations about emotions, conflict resolution, self-care as well as friendship.

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness”

Have you ever noticed that our darkest thoughts happen about 3 am? Last night, my mind swirled with anxious thoughts triggered by the uncertainty in the world right now. I tried all sorts of mindfulness and relaxation tricks to clear my head and get to sleep. Nothing worked. Eventually, I gave up and read a book.

Six Tips to Create Family Routines and Calm in Uncertain Times

Daily routines and structure help kids feel calm and safe. But when schools are closed, your job is in flux and fear is widespread, how can parents create structure at home? In these uncertain times, maintaining routines, family connection and calm is more important than ever…

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The Power of Appreciation (The Surprising Effect of My Valentine’s Texts)

This year, I decided to do something different for Valentine’s Day. Instead of the usual box of chocolates or small gifts for my daughters (ages 11 and 13) and husband, I sent them each a daily text for the two weeks leading up to February 14…

The Power of Our Words (and The Ugly Truth About Harsh Words)

Words have the power to help or hurt, build up or tear down, and perpetuate gossip or stop it. This article shares the ugly truth behind harsh words.

Parenting Tips: Instead of Fixing Things for Your Kids or Giving Advice…

Do you ever offer your kids unsolicited advice or jump right in to help them solve their problems? Yeah, me too. Breaking the habit of trying to fix things for your kid is hard, but important…

The Surprising Reasons Middle School Students Start Dating

Over the past year, I’ve been talking with tweens and teens to gather research for my next book, which explores the weird stuff that happens in middle school. I’m amazed by the honesty of students and their understanding of the underlying reasons driving social behaviors. (such as cliques, gossip, chasing popularity, etc.)…