Redefining Giving for Our Family

How Can Giving Become Personal and Meaningful? Several weeks ago, my husband, son and I were zipping to the mailbox to drop in a few letters before going downtown to a symphony concert. My husband pulled up and I hopped out of the car to mail the letters. As I approached the mailbox, I noticed …

FASHION ALERT! Confident Parents, Confident Kids Clothing for Women

Clothing Made with Purpose for a Purpose I’m excited to announce a partnership between VIDA and Confident Parents, Confident Kids. VIDA marries artists with makers with a social mission at the fore. Based in San Francisco, with a designer in Paris, and a maker in Karachi, VIDA provides living wages to textile makers along with an …

20 Ideas for Involving Kids in Thanksgiving Preparations

To journey without being changed is to be a nomad. To change without journeying is to be a chameleon. To journey and to be transformed by the journey is to be a pilgrim. – Mark Nepo With a little forethought and supply gathering, you can set your kids on a mission to contribute to your …

Exploring the Past to Appreciate the Present; A Simple Family Thanksgiving Experience

Everything that is past is either a learning experience to grow on, a beautiful memory to reflect on or a motivating factor to act upon. – Denis Waitley It’s not unusual for our family’s thoughts and conversations to turn to those who are missing at our Thanksgiving table. A small family to begin with, it …

Without Saying a Word

What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say. – Ralph Waldo Emerson When I silently hold out my hand in a high five signal toward my son while I am on the phone, he understands that I need five more minutes to talk and then I will find out what …

“Fall” In Love with your Family in November

“If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” – Abraham Maslow If you only have kindness and compassion, you see every person with love. Recently I read about a Kindergarten teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary, where one of the school shootings occurred, and her response to that tragedy. …

How Do You Cultivate Gratitude in your Family?

This month, in preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am focusing on gratitude and how a family can instill gratitude in their daily lives. Help me with my research and contribute to our community!   In what ways do you promote a sense of gratefulness in your family? Do you have any rituals that you …

New NBC Parent Toolkit Article – Girl’s Halloween Costumes Promoting Gender Bias

Check out today’s new blog post from the NBC Parent Toolkit about Girl’s Halloween Costumes Promoting Gender Bias. It addresses some controversial issues about the costumes that are available for girls. The article raises the conversation, particularly for parents of girls, about some of the Halloween costume options that more closely resemble exotic dancers versus any …

Announcing Confident Parents Academy! And Video # 3 – The Power of Parenting with Social and Emotional Learning

Today is the official opening of Confident Parents Academy! Now readers can become members and enjoy deeper learning resources through webinars, weekly tools and tips, support for putting practices into place at home and direct coaching on your family’s challenges. Parents are so often told what not to do, but seldom offered simple, research-based strategies …

Video Short #2 – Creating an Enjoyable Family Dinner

When you prioritize having a family meal together, does it ever disintegrate into chaos? Do you have squirmy kids who don’t want to eat? It’s a common struggle. Here’s a video short that offers strategies to promote positive behaviors at dinner so that all family members can actually enjoy the meal you’ve worked hard to …

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