Reevaluating Our Kids’ Schedules While Teaching Them Time Management and More!

Conducting a Commitment Audit “I don’t know how I’m gonna get it all done!” said Malisha, a twelve-year-old girl about her long-term research project introduced this week at the start of the term. “I have volleyball two nights a week, games on… Read More

Need Your Help — Looking for Birth Stories!

The writing of the Confident Parents, Confident Kids‘ book is underway and I’d love to use your story! One of the most emotional times in our lives, for many, is when we have our first (or second or third!) baby. Most especially,… Read More

Hoping and Dreaming for Our Brand New Year

The start of the year ushers in a fresh opportunity to focus on what’s most important in our lives, to examine our hopes and dreams and figure out how they might come true through our day-to-day actions and steps toward our goals…. Read More

What a Year!

Our family brings meaning to our lives. Six years ago, this site set out to document the many small ways families are learning to promote our children’s development – their hearts, minds, and spirits – in ways that support, enrich and celebrate who… Read More

Building Family Social Awareness: Learning from the Wisdom of Ancient Winter Traditions and the Solstice

So the shortest day came, and the year died, And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world Came people singing, dancing, To drive the dark away. They lighted candles in the winter trees; They hung their homes with evergreen; They burned… Read More

Deck the Halls with Mental Well-Being

Fa, La, La, La, La… This is an oldie but goodie (and frankly I needed it today!). My son burst into tears as his friends waited at our door to play. He had fallen up our stairs and gashed his shin on… Read More

On NBC Parent Toolkit… “Make Your Hopes for Your Kids Reality with Social and Emotional Skills”

Research partners, Shannon Wanless, Associate Director of Research in the Office of Child Development at the University of Pittsburgh and Confident Parents, Confident Kids’ Author Jennifer Miller share findings from their latest study on the direct alignment between our hopes for our… Read More

Featured In Youth Connections Magazine… “A Parent’s Greatest Gift: Self-Management”

Check out the following feature article in “Youth Connections” magazine by Confident Parents, Confident Kids’ author, Jennifer Miller. This was written in partnership with Montana State University’s Center for Health and Safety Culture, one part of a multi-media campaign launching this January 2019 entitled… Read More

What Holidays Are Celebrated Around the World?

Expand your Children’s Social Awareness by Learning More Together This post has become an annual favorite! Because of the numerous holidays celebrated through the fall and winter months, it is an ideal time to discuss how people celebrate around the world –… Read More

Essential Conversations to Prepare Children for Life

By Guest Author, Jenny Woo “What are the most life-defining pieces of wisdom and memories that I could leave with my children and be in peace knowing that I have prepared them for life?” I’ve been pondering over this question nonstop. With… Read More