Nurturing Confidence in Girls – A Letter to My Daughter

Between the ages of 8 to 14, confidence levels in girls drop by 30%. I’m trying to gently reignite confidence, one loving reminder at a time.

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Parents: Are Your Kids Having More Emotional Outbursts at Home?

Do emotional outbursts in your family tend to follow a certain pattern? Often in relationships, we get into a habit of reacting a certain way, even if it doesn’t work well. Strong emotions can be overwhelming for kids and parents…

Parents: Why the Tendency to Blame Vs. Giving the Benefit of the Doubt Matters

Some people tend to give others the benefit of the doubt, while other people tend to assign blame and assume bad intent. Which style has more positive relationships and overall happiness?

Pandemic Parenting Daily Checklist

We are in week five of social distancing and home quarantine due to the COVID 19 pandemic. My family has fallen into a regular routine, and each day seems to blend with the next. I’ve noticed a few things that help to make our days more positive…

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.

Six Tips to Create Family Routines, Connection 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…

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, especially if it was how you were raised…

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.

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…

5 Ways to Feel More Connected to Your Family Today

Okay, I have to admit that I created this list mostly for me. As a consummate task-master, I need all the reminders I can get to monitor my overactive “Get’er done” mode.  When I’m in the mode, I have a hard time snapping out of it. Yes, it’s awesome to get stuff done, but notContinue reading “5 Ways to Feel More Connected to Your Family Today”