Wisdom from Mister Rogers – “Look for the Helpers”

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are …

Sending my love to families in Newtown, Connecticut

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. – Aristotle Onassis My heart goes out to all in Newtown, Connecticut and particularly the families effected by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I am sending out my candle of light to you in this time of darkness. No …

Holiday Marathon

This is it! Don’t get scared now! –          Kevin McCallister, Home Alone, 1990 This morning I woke up with nervous butterflies uncontrollably circling in my mid-section. I dreamt that I had entered a race but in the midst of many familiar faces, could not find anyone who knew the starting location with only a few …

On Edutopia

Thanks to Maurice Elias, Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University, Author of Emotionally Intelligent Parenting, and Edutopia Blogger, Confident Parents, Confident Kids is featured today on Edutopia, the George Lucas Foundation’s website. Check out the blog article below and then, check out this excellent website with loads of valuable resources. Photo credit: aSIMULAtor via flickr …

On “What’s Hot” Radio Show

Confident Parents, Confident Kids was featured yesterday on the radio talk show What’s Hot on Cincinnati’s 55-KRC. The feature is ten minutes long. Skip the first five minutes to get right to it! Check out the podcast. //

A Grateful State of Mind

If you worry and you can’t sleep, just count your blessings instead of sheep and you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings. –          Count your Blessings, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, 1942 It’s true. People who think about what they are grateful for do sleep better at night. Psychologists have done research on gratefulness and found that it …

The Heart of Family

A successful marriage (partnership) requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966 Marriage (partnership): that I call the will of two to create the one who is more than those who created it. – Friedrich Nietzsche Most readily agree that partnerships are the backbone of …

Parent Private Investigator

Ponton: You never cease to surprise me, sir. Inspector Jacques Clouseau: It’s true. My surprises, they are rarely unexpected. –          The Pink Panther, 2006[i] Do you sometimes feel like you have to be a detective when your child melts down? You know that what she seems to be crying about shouldn’t elicit that level of …

Catching Emotions

“…it’s just emotion that’s taken me over…” –          Emotion, Bee Gees The baby books are keen on discussing “emotional contagion,” noting that babies, even in utero, can feel your emotions and tend to adopt those same emotions (just to add to our Mommy guilt!). And certainly you’ve experienced the contagion in your family life. One person …