Redefining Giving for Our Family

How Can Giving Become Personal and Meaningful? Several weeks ago, my husband, son and I were zipping to the mailbox to drop in a few letters before going downtown to a symphony concert. My husband pulled up and I hopped out of… Read More

“Promoting a Spirit of Gratefulness in Kids…” on NBC’s Parent Toolkit

Check out my article “Promoting a Spirit of Gratefulness in Kids – A Tale of Two Letters” on today’s NBC Parent Toolkit Blog. It recounts an experience with my own son, relates it to the research on raising grateful kids and offers… Read More

Exploring the Past to Appreciate the Present; A Simple Family Thanksgiving Experience

Everything that is past is either a learning experience to grow on, a beautiful memory to reflect on or a motivating factor to act upon. – Denis Waitley It’s not unusual for our family’s thoughts and conversations to turn to those who… Read More

Elements of a Confident Kid… Coping Skills

coping to maintain a contest or combat usually on even terms or with success to deal with and attempt to overcome problems and difficulties About Coping Skills: Though all babies are born with a brain rigged for the flight or fight survival… Read More

Without Saying a Word

What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say. – Ralph Waldo Emerson When I silently hold out my hand in a high five signal toward my son while I am on the phone, he understands that I… Read More

“Fall” In Love with your Family in November

“If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” – Abraham Maslow If you only have kindness and compassion, you see every person with love. Recently I read about a Kindergarten teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary,… Read More

True Terror – Helping Kids Deal with their Fears

Courage is mastery of fear not the absence of it. – Mark Twain It’s flu shot day. I have a feeling that today will go smoothly. But two years ago, it didn’t. And I notice a sense of dread creep up on… Read More

Announcing Confident Parents Academy! And Video # 3 – The Power of Parenting with Social and Emotional Learning

Today is the official opening of Confident Parents Academy! Now readers can become members and enjoy deeper learning resources through webinars, weekly tools and tips, support for putting practices into place at home and direct coaching on your family’s challenges. Parents are… Read More

Video Short #2 – Creating an Enjoyable Family Dinner

When you prioritize having a family meal together, does it ever disintegrate into chaos? Do you have squirmy kids who don’t want to eat? It’s a common struggle. Here’s a video short that offers strategies to promote positive behaviors at dinner so… Read More

New Video Short! – A Smooth Morning Routine

Are your mornings ever stressful or chaotic? How do you avoid nagging or yelling and get out of the house on time? I am excited to share my first video short on my new YouTube channel about creating “A Smooth Morning Routine.”… Read More