The Best of 2014

2014 was a big year for Confident Parents, Confident Kids. This community moved from 275 followers to 23,000+ strong! Thank you for being an essential part of this important dialogue. Together our collective wisdom can strengthen our individual lives. What are your hopes and dreams for your family this year? Please write in the comment …

Elements of a Confident Kid… Focus

– a main purpose or interest1 About Focus: I just could not devote my undivided attention to working on this blog post today while my son was home from school – a snow day. Though I had a few quiet moments while I watched him play outside with a friend, I knew that the minute …

Winter Holiday Tools #3: Snowball Goodbye

Winter Holiday Tools #3: Snowball Goodbye Our friend, seven year old S, led a “Snowball Goodbye Game” at the end of a lovely holiday evening of food and playing. Leaving the merriment of a holiday gathering can be a great challenge for children who may be tired but just don’t want the fun to end. …

Involving Kids in Service at Home and at School – A Podcast Interview with Rachel Choquette Kemper

This week I hope you’ll listen to Confident Parents, Confident Kids‘ very first podcast interview (20 minutes in length). The winter holiday season seems a perfect time to discuss giving and service. My guest, Rachel Choquette Kemper, M.Ed., in addition to being my longtime childhood friend, has been an educator for nearly twenty years. She is a …

What Are We Teaching Children about Giving? Gifts from the Heart, Part Two

It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving. – Mother Teresa Over our Thanksgiving holiday this past weekend in the presence of multiple family members, the discussion focused on Christmas preparations and specifically, the question was raised and debated, “How are we going to handle gifts this year?” There …

Holiday Tools #1: A Hot Chocolate Break

Each Tuesday during the winter holiday season, I’ll be posting suggested tools – social and emotional tools – to help achieve peace and joy in the midst of the hustle and bustle. These should add to your sense of calm. And they should be simple enough to incorporate into even the busiest holiday schedule. Here’s the first …

Prepare for Thanksgiving: How to Raise Thankful Kids

Thanksgiving is a reflective holiday in which we not only enjoy the bounty of the harvest but reflect on our appreciation with family and friends. Why not take this opportunity to reflect on how you can raise grateful kids and cultivate a thankful family life? Please join me this evening at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard …

Mark Your Calendar! Attitude of Gratitude: How to Raise Thankful Kids

Join Amy McCready, Founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and Jennifer Miller, author of Confident Parents, Confident Kids for the NBC Education Nation sponsored Twitter Chat entitled “Attitude of Gratitude: How to Raise Thankful Kids.” Tuesday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m. EST, follow the twitter feed #ToolkitTalk and contribute to this important dialogue! Gain ideas for the upcoming holiday …

The Halloween Trading Places Challenge

I’m frightened already! – Kimberly Allison, Mom and Challenge Participant At Halloween, our kids have the opportunity to select the identity they want to inhabit for one special night. Perhaps they choose to face their fears head on by becoming their own worst nightmare. Others will choose to dress as characters they admire and want …

Conquering Fears

It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena to face a battle to the death with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew — …

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