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Videos – Simple Parenting Tips

5 Ways to Connect With Your Family Today

As our kids grow, there are fewer moments to connect, so it’s even more important to be fully present. Luckily, each day brings a new opportunity to practice. Full blog post

The Surprising Benefits of Family Dinner

Studies find that family dinner offers benefits such as increased academic performance, lower obesity rates, improved well-being, and more. Full blog post

The Gift of Deep Listening

It’s easy to fall into advice or fix-it mode with our kids, colleagues, and friends instead of deeply listening. We hate to see others struggle and want to jump in and fix things. But, often, the best way to help others grow is simply to listen. To validate their experience and allow them to process their thoughts and emotions out loud. And there’s no better way to build connection and trust.. Full blog post

3 Steps to Navigate Family Conflict More Peacefully

Conflict and arguments are inevitable in close relationships, especially with kids and families. When practiced regularly, these three steps will transform arguments in your home. Full blog post

5 Steps to Healthy Communication

In simple terms, healthy communication happens when two people or a group have a discussion, and those involved feel heard and respected. The goal is to better understand the other person or resolve a problem, not to win or overpower. Full blog post

Fitting-In Vs. Belonging at School…and 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. Full blog post

Parents: Understanding the Power of Our Words

In today’s world, it’s so easy to get caught up in “negativity bias,” the human tendency to pay much more attention to the bad things that happen. Our thoughts and words tend to focus more on the negative, overpowering the positive. Full blog post

3 Ways to Cultivate a Respectful Home…and World

Cultivating a home filled with respect does not mean there is no conflict or hurt feelings. We are human after all. But when things are hard, try to make sure everyone feels heard and nobody is thrown under the bus. Full blog post

3 Phrases to Avoid If You Want to Connect With Your Kids

Words matter. This post shares parent phrases to avoid and what to say instead to connect and foster well-being in kids and teens. Full blog post

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. Full blog post

4 Key Relationship Skills for Families

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? Parenthood has definitely been my gateway to growth. Here are four relationship skills that I’ve found to be really important in my family. Full blog post