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?

Healthy relationships, Inspirations, Parenting

The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto

There are so many things I love about this Parenting Manifesto by Brene Brown. I've read this to my kids and they love it too. Thank you Brene for sharing this beautiful reminder of the path to deeper connection and joy!

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...

Healthy relationships, Parenting

Superheroes: We Protect Anything Smaller Than We Are

Some words are too powerful not to share. My dear friend shared this blog by author Rebecca Yarros with me. A loving, important message to be shared someday with her young sons about consent, kindness and superheroes.

Books, Family Dinner, Healthy relationships, Parenting

Family Dinner Topic: Which Emotion is Most Difficult for You to Express at Home and Why?

As a child who grew up in the 70’s and 80’s, I missed the whole Emotional Intelligence (EQ) bus. My family didn’t talk about emotions or practice how to regulate them in a healthy way. So when my kids were babies, I realized I had a lot to learn to help my family (and myself) develop EQ.

Parenting

Talking to Kids about Consent

As a parent, I’ve tried to cultivate a home that encourages open, honest discussion about all topics. I keep my responses appropriate for my kid’s age and stage of development, but I welcome questions and often bring up topics that are important to understand. Several years ago, we started talking about consent. Recent news stories… Continue reading Talking to Kids about Consent

Parenting

What Your Kids Really Want You To Do/Say At Their Sporting Events

My 12 year old daughter joined the middle school volleyball team this year. At the fall sports parent meeting, the coaches shared this awesome video by ILoveToWatchYouPlay.com. What a great reminder of our role as parents and how to best support our kids. I'd love to hear what you think...please comment below! VIDEO: Advice from… Continue reading What Your Kids Really Want You To Do/Say At Their Sporting Events