Elements of a Confident Kid… Belief in Self

/be – lef/ : a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing. : a feeling of being sure that someone or something exists or that something is true.1 About a belief in self: Confident kids believe in their ability to learn and achieve whatever goal they …

Emotional Honesty

…When I want sincerity tell me where else can I turn? Because you’re the one I depend upon. – Honesty by Billy Joel1  “I’m fine. Really. Fine.” From that statement, are you convinced that I’m fine? Even without hearing the tone of my voice, there’s a clear subtext. “I’m not fine. I can’t bring myself …

Smart Home Media Use: Limiting Screen Time

Whoever controls the media, controls the mind. – Jim Morrison The second day of school my son brought home a short booklet that was to be signed by all family members. It was the technology policy for his school. Covering every facet of screen interaction, each statement began with “No….” It is indeed critical for …

Introducing… Elements of a Confident Kid

Dear Readers, In addition to my weekly article containing research and strategies on promoting social and emotional skills in busy family life, I will be adding a weekly series entitled “Elements of a Confident Kid.” To date, researchers do not agree on a single definition of confidence but we certainly know what it looks like when …

First Day of School

Check out my son’s drawing on his first day of school. Relationships make a significant difference in our experience!

A Time to Pause: Reflecting on Development in the Coming School Year

We are called to be strong companions and clear mirrors to one another, to seek those who reflect with compassion and a keen eye how we are doing, whether we seem centered or off course…we need the nourishing company of others to create the circle needed for growth, freedom and healing. – Wayne Muller After …

Easing the Transition Back to School

I’m gonna hold onto this couch and never let go! – E. Miller, Age 6 It’s the morning after our summer vacation at the lake. E awoke and said he had had a nightmare. “My school became a haunted village. A ghost dragged me around the grounds. And all of my school friends were at …

Interview on Feeding My Family

Author and Illustrator of Confident Parents, Confident Kids, Jennifer Miller was interviewed this week by Kimberly Allison and Sharon Perez of Table 365. They asked questions on how I feed my family. Their mission is to provide inspiration, ideas and tools to make family meals easier. I’ve been inspired by their site. Check out the …

Happy Father’s Day!

Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad. — Anne Geddes Here’s to all of the Dads who embrace their roles and are there for the fun times and the hard times too when we need them most. I am grateful to my own Dad who has always …

Lazy Days of Summer

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. – Sam Keen As school ends and summer begins, we are sitting outside and dreaming of the many delights the season brings. We have big plans to read, swim, blow bubbles, build sandcastles, catch fireflies and sit and watch the clouds. Last year, I put together a summer …

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