When Parenting for Confidence, Independence, and Resilience, Build Self-Management Skills

Parents hope to raise confident, independent, and resilient kids. They can work toward that hope each day by building the skill of self-management.  What Is It? The skill of self-management (a.k.a. self-control, impulse control, or emotional regulation) is the ability to control… Read More

Join Us This Week… Preschool Mindfulness Summit

Join Shannon Wanless, child development expert, and Jennifer Miller of Confident Parents, Confident Kids for a discussion with Helen Maffini of the Preschool Mindfulness Summit about how parents and educators of young children can use mindfulness and social and emotional skill building… Read More

Parenting Montana

Governor Steve Bullock of Montana just announced the launch of a website entitled ParentingMontana.org that is designed to provide parents with simple to use, evidence-based tools for developing children’s social and emotional skills from preschool through high school. This unique site was… Read More

What Is Mindfulness and Why Is It Important for my Preschooler or Preschool Classroom?

What is Mindfulness? Though the word is used frequently, it’s rarely defined. And there are a number of misconceptions too about what it may entail. Very simply stated, mindfulness is noticing your body functions (breathing, heart beating) and emotions, becoming focused on the… Read More

Differences Do Matter – Why Talking About Them Helps Us Raise Compassionate Kids…

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life and Legacy By Initiating Conversations In Your Own Family Life… Guest Post by Shauna Tominey, Author, Creating Compassionate Kids; Essential Conversations to Have with Young Children “A great nation is a compassionate nation…” – Martin Luther… Read More

A Nation At Hope

Check out the recording of the live stream event that happened earlier today entitled A Nation At Hope from the Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development. Be convinced or inspired or further propelled into action by students, teachers, superintendents,… Read More

Reevaluating Our Kids’ Schedules While Teaching Them Time Management and More!

Conducting a Commitment Audit “I don’t know how I’m gonna get it all done!” said Malisha, a twelve-year-old girl about her long-term research project introduced this week at the start of the term. “I have volleyball two nights a week, games on… Read More

Need Your Help — Looking for Birth Stories!

The writing of the Confident Parents, Confident Kids‘ book is underway and I’d love to use your story! One of the most emotional times in our lives, for many, is when we have our first (or second or third!) baby. Most especially,… Read More

Hoping and Dreaming for Our Brand New Year

The start of the year ushers in a fresh opportunity to focus on what’s most important in our lives, to examine our hopes and dreams and figure out how they might come true through our day-to-day actions and steps toward our goals…. Read More

What a Year!

Our family brings meaning to our lives. Six years ago, this site set out to document the many small ways families are learning to promote our children’s development – their hearts, minds, and spirits – in ways that support, enrich and celebrate who… Read More