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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

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

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

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