On NBC’s Parent Toolkit… “If You Can’t Say Anything Nice… Here’s What To Say To Your Kids”

It’s difficult to hear the phrase “Say something nice” without finishing the sentence, “or don’t say anything at all.” I caught myself muttering these words recently as I watched a scene unfold from the cover of my porch. Two kids, around 10 or 11 years old, were walking past on the sidewalk while my neighbor …

On the Ashoka Changemaker Education Series…

How Can We Develop Family Guidelines around Conflict for Children? Establishing some guidelines for fighting fair for all family members can ensure that you are ready when inevitable problems arise. This article cites compelling research on what works and what doesn’t work in managing conflicts in relationships. There are some ways we fight unfairly that …

Road Trip Games (a.k.a. Practicing Cooperation in the Guise of Fun!)

We’re going on a road trip, a road trip, a road trip. We’re going on a road trip to see what we can see! We typically venture out on a number of small road trips during the summer months taking advantage of the freedom and warm weather. It’s tempting to hand a child an iPad …

Join Me! Education: Next Generation

I am delighted to be a part of the “Education: Next Generation” FREE online conference next week, May 23-27, 2016. This conference brings together top educational and parenting experts to discuss key topics related to social and emotional learning and mindfulness. The conference is being organized by Cecilia and Jason Hilkey, educators, parenting experts and …

Trauma and a Mother’s Protective Fortress of Love – A Mother’s Day Story

There are some situations from which it is impossible to shield a child from experiencing. The whole family goes through a crisis – whether it’s a death of a loved one or a fissure between family members – and the children must endure those times right along with the adults. Ready or not, here we …

Family Guidelines for Fighting Fair

After some happy outdoor play, I heard my son E run straight up to his bedroom and slam the door. As I knocked and entered his room, his face was red and wet with tears. “What happened?” I asked. “Jonathan (E’s cousin) wouldn’t listen to me,” E sputtered between sobs. “I was mad and he …

“The Power of Play” – NBC Parent Toolkit Twitter Chat Coming Soon!

Did you know that play is an essential part of how kids develop social and emotional skills? Find out how and what you can do to support it. Mark your calendar! Let’s talk about “The Power of Play!” I’ll be discussing the impact of play on kids’ cognitive, social and emotional development and my colleague, …

Cultivating 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 up, is he so busy with school work or Legos that he can only …

Empathy, Kids and Nature

We must widen… “our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”  – Albert Einstein “Feed the birds, Mom. Don’t forget today,” E tells me with fervor on one of the last freezing cold days of Winter while the birds chirped longingly for Spring. He heard them …

Spring Presence

Practicing Mindfulness in Family Life The sun is nervous as a kite that can’t quite keep its own string tight. Some days are fair, and some are raw. The timid earth decides to thaw. Shy budlets peep from twigs on trees, and robins join the chickadees. Pale crocuses poke through the ground like noses come …