The Magic Timer

Oh Magic Timer I love you so I set you, And tick, tick, ding It’s time to go. The “magic timer” is a perfect tool for taking the negotiation out of daily transitions. It can provide a sense of discipline for an adult or child. And it can promote the comfort of a limited time …

The Birth and Re-birth of Identity

Every spring is the only spring – a perpetual astonishment. – Ellis Peters The birds chirp outside of my window building nests and resting on the newly budded branches surrounding my office. As spring reveals new growth, we watch our children grow and develop, their transformations at times readily apparent and rapid. At a family …

Life Goes On…

Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it. – Tori Amos When a parent gets sick, life goes on. Kids have to get up and get ready for school. Lunches must be packed. Homework has to get accomplished. It can be a real struggle …

Spring Presence

The sun is nervous as a kite that can’t quite keep its own string tight. Some days are fair, and some are raw. The timid earth decides to thaw. Shy budlets peep from twigs on trees, and robins join the chickadees. Pale crocuses poke through the ground like noses come to sniff around. The mud …

New Early Childhood Transitions Support

The readiness is all. – William Shakespeare As I looked back at early March of 2013, I was thinking about E’s transition from preschool into kindergarten. What a major transition that was for him and for our entire family. I spent a considerable amount of time researching and finding ways to ease that significant change. …

“Teaching Social and Emotional Skills in Busy Family Life” Webinar

Join Confident Parents, Confident Kids’ author Jennifer Miller for a free webinar entitled “Teaching Social and Emotional Skills in Busy Family Life” on Saturday, March 15th at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time and 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Learn the importance of social and emotional skills in family life, ways you can teach those skills and practical strategies …

Transitions

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.  – Alan Watts From waking up to eating breakfast, playing with toys to going to school, homework time to dinner time, transitions punctuate every day. Because we are creatures of inertia (remember “a body …

Be True to Your School

Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: The moment one definitely commits oneself,…all sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. …

Critical Conversations

The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger – but recognize the opportunity.   –  John F. Kennedy When E was between the ages of two and three, he adopted the very developmentally appropriate …

New Year’s Reflections

We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience. –          John Dewey January is always a time in which my family and I reflect on the past year and dream about our hopes for the future. We try and step back and look at the big picture before diving into our specific plans …