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?

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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…

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!

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 Topic: What Inspires You?

Have you ever noticed how people light up when they talk about something they’re passionate about? Our passions energize and inspire us. They define who we are.

At dinner the other night, I asked this question to learn more about my family’s passions:
What Inspires You?

Simply Starting With “I” Instead of “You” Changes the Whole Conversation

Quick Quiz: Which of these statements would you rather have said to you?

“You need to help out more. I’ve been doing all the work around here lately.”

“I feel overwhelmed lately by all of the work I’ve been doing around here. Can we talk about that?”

Focusing on What Really Matters – Helping 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.

The Only Thing You Can Control is Yourself, But That is Incredibly Powerful

We all have relationships that are challenging at times. Maybe it’s with our partner, our child, a co-worker or a relative. When relationships are tough, we tend to think, “If only they would ___________ , things would be better.” Ahhh, if only we could change other people. Life would be so much easier, right? WellContinue reading “The Only Thing You Can Control is Yourself, But That is Incredibly Powerful”

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 fromContinue reading “What Your Kids Really Want You To Do/Say At Their Sporting Events”