Introducing – Promoting Independent Play and Dealing with Attention-Seeking Behaviors

Watch this short video introduction of a special webinar coming later this week! Space is limited. Register – or learn more here!

Seven Surprising Facts About Emotions That Every Child Needs to Know

By Guest Writer, Ann Douglas Imagine how tough it must be to be a kid, trying to crack the code that is human emotion. Just when you think you’ve got everything all figured out, someone tosses you a curveball by reacting in… Read More

Join Me Tonight…

Frustrated with the political climate? Join me for our conversation tonight on how we can raise civic-minded kids. Constructive solutions begin at home. This is an important way to consider how you and your family are cultivating the value of acting as… Read More

Tools to Support Learning at Home

I’ve been spending time setting up our home environment to support my son’s learning. These first few weeks of school, he has shown a number of emotions moving from worried to frustrated to panic-stricken consistently related to homework time. The amount and… Read More

On NBC’s Parent Toolkit – “The Most Important Relationship to Build This Year”

What is the most important relationship to build as the school year starts?   On NBC’s Parent Toolkit blog today, check out my article. Here’s how it begins… “Hi, Mrs. Miller!” I exclaimed as I bumped into my son’s beloved teacher from… Read More

Refreshing Home Routines for the School Year

It’s Just Another Day. Slipping Into Stockings, Stepping Into Shoes, Dipping In The Pockets Of Her Raincoat. Ah, It’s Just Another Day. Du Du Du Du Du It’s Just Another Day. Du Du Du Du Du It’s Just Another Day. – It’s… Read More

What To Do With Those Back-To-School Butterflies

“Everyone has butterflies when they are starting something new. Just make sure you visualize them flying in formation and you’ll be fine.” – My Dad, David Smith from a Dale Carnegie Public Speaking Course If you are a parent, you are likely… Read More

Easing the Back to School Transition

“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… Read More

In-Between – Transitioning from One School or Grade to Another

Long ago, but not so very long ago The world was different, oh yes it was Time goes by, time brings changes, you change, too Nothing comes that you can’t handle, so on you go – Our Town from the Cars movie,… Read More

How Do We Cultivate Compassion in our Kids?

How do we, as parents, help our kids experience and develop compassion? It’s a concern of mine as I look around me and notice my family’s eyes glued to screens and those activities encroaching on my child’s attention. And when he looks… Read More