The Little Way

To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization. – Harriet Beecher Stowe This Mother’s Day, I wanted to write about the little gifts that my Mother has given me throughout my lifetime. …

Thank you, Teachers!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day! Parents and teachers included, we thank you sincerely for helping us become better than we even knew we could be. Since both of my parents are teachers, I thought I would share some quotes from their students in celebration of all teachers today. We are better because of you!   “You helped …

The Inherently Creative Family

There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom. If one could but recall his vision by some sort of sign. It was in this hope that the …

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 …

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