Spring Breaking At Home

A Week of Joyful Challenges and Shared Responsibilities This year it seems we’ll have an enforced staycation for spring break. Ours falls this week – earlier than most as we began on Monday with our first official no-school day. I took comfort in the school schedule last week. So admittedly, I was daunted by the …

Join Us for Morning Announcements with the Miller Family on Facebook Live

Set the Tone for Your Learning Day at Home… Jennifer Miller of CPCK and her family — son, Ethan and husband, Jason will be doing morning announcements for families (just like schools do morning public announcements). Join us at 8:15 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Facebook Live each weekday morning through our feed: https://www.facebook.com/confidentparentsconfidentkids or …

My Kid’s School is Closed, So Now What?

Supporting your Children’s Social, Emotional, and Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic By Guest Author, Pamela McVeagh-Lally As the spread of COVID-19 causes more and more school closures across the United States, we, parents and caregivers, are faced with the daunting reality of needing to stay at home with our children for weeks and possibly …

Need Your Help!

Help Spread the Word… With this new book, I set out to inspire and support parents and offer a new way to view their roles and their children through an empathetic, loving and informed lens in this incredibly tough and meaningful journey raising kids. This represents a decade of research, writing, and practice work along …

Parenting and Dealing with Illness

Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it. – Tori Amos With one dear friend parent recovering from surgery, another quarantined with her family for Coronavirus (COVID-19), and our family dealing with walking pneumonia, I’m reflecting a lot on the set of challenges facing …

Anger in Families: Understanding It and Teaching Children to Manage It

“That’s mine!” Sophie heard her daughter scream at her younger sibling from the next room. As Sophie turned her attention to the unfolding scene, she saw her upset child swipe a doll out of the hands of her sister and hit her across the shoulder. What should Sophie do next? Young children, as they begin …

The Reviews Are In!

Here’s what readers are saying about the new book, “Confident Parents, Confident Kids: Raising Emotional Intelligence In Ourselves and Our Kids — From Toddlers to Teenagers.” Thank you to the readers who submitted an Amazon review. The reviews offer alternative perspectives from a diverse range of parents (mostly unknown to the author) that helps others …

On National PTA’s “Our Children” Blog… “Ask An Expert: How to Handle Your Kid’s Bad Habits”

The National PTA’s Podcast Series “Notes from the Backpack” hosted CPCK’s Jennifer Miller to discuss how to raise confident kids. In our dialogue, we discussed real life challenges of parents who were dealing with bad habits their children had started to demonstrate. One parent was upset that her child was calling other children names. Another …

A Valentine to Mothers: Our Love and the Journey Home to Our Whole Selves

“I cannot think of one minute except maybe my shower in the morning,” responded one Mom when asked how much time she spent on herself each day and not working or caring for her children or husband. The expectations of a Mom’s role are frequently all-consuming and never enough. And those expectations likely come from …

On PBS Kids… “6 Steps to Help Your Child Develop Self-Control”

In partnership with PBS’s Thirteen WNET, Confident Parents, Confident Kids wrote for PBS Kids in support of the new Parenting Minutes video on “Sharing Feelings.” The article begins… “I call base!” my son would say frequently after he was introduced to the game of tag. If he wanted to end the tickling or stop the …