And Baby Makes Four, Five, or Six? Preparing New or Experienced Siblings for a Baby

“I hope she cares when the baby is here because I keep telling her about it, and she doesn’t seem to react or connect with the fact that a baby in on the way.” “My son is super excited about the birth of his baby sister. He gently pats my growing tummy every day.” “My …

Learning from “Building Powerful Learning Environments From Schools to Communities”

All parties – schools, families, and community members – share the responsibility for building trust. But those who hold the official power within schools and classrooms have to set the tone and lead by example. -Arina Bokas, Building Powerful Learning Environments From Schools to Communities In both roles – as a parent and as an …

The Best of 2016

2016 was a tremendous year of growth for Confident Parents, Confident Kids. With numerous organizational and individual expert collaborators, 30,000 views from 152 countries and 22,000+ followers, this community of people committed to children’s social and emotional development is vibrant and dynamic and continues to grow after four plus years of dialogue. The coming year …

On Thrive Global – “Morning Routine Redux – Adjusting to Winter Weather”

Arianna Huffington and numerous partners have launched a site called Thrive Global in which they focus articles on well-being, wisdom, wonder, giving, working smarter, and unplugging and recharging. I was honored to have my article published on this site today. “Morning Routine Redux – Adjusting to the Winter Weather” will help any parents frustrated with the …

“How to Hear “Me, Me, Me” Less and Teach Young Children to Give” on NBC Parent Toolkit

How do you help young children learn about and experience the joy of giving? Check out how the article begins… “Look, Mama!” my five-year-old son E said peering proudly over his grocery bag teeming with – toys? “Oh!” I was confused by what I saw. It was the day of the school Christmas store in …

“Politics at the Thanksgiving Table? Here’s How to Model Emotional Intelligence” with Pearson Education

  I spoke with the talented team at Pearson Education – sponsors of the NBC Parent Toolkit – about a hot topic as we approach this U.S. holiday. What do you do when family conversations are heated or divided around politics? Here’s how it begins… __________________________________________________________ “Affirm their strong feeling –‘I can hear you feel …

Expanding the Circle: Teaching Children the Values and Actions of Inclusion

If it is his privilege to be independent, it is equally his duty to be inter-dependent. ― Mahatma Gandhi All children have to deal with and understand the paradox of separateness and connection, of individuality and belonging. In utero, babies have no sense of separation. They are physically connected to Mom through the very liquid …

Chinese Translation – “The Power of Parenting with Social and Emotional Learning”

It is a great honor that Xiangyan Liu (Yannie Liu) 刘湘燕 and Wenchao Li (Winnie Li) 李文超 of Angel Education, a nonprofit in Silicon Valley, Califorinia with a mission focused on social and emotional learning, sustainable development and happiness education, translated The Power of Parenting with Social and Emotional Learning article originally published in The Huffington Post …

Parent Teacher Conferences

Making the Most of Your Time Together …no school can work well for children if parents and teachers do not act in partnership on behalf of the children’s best interests. Parents have every right to understand what is happening to their children at school, and teachers have the responsibility to share that information without prejudicial …

Monkey Mind at Bedtime, Reflecting on Children’s Thinking

“I just can’t go to sleep!” E said summoning me well after our nightly bedtime ritual had taken place. When I guided him back to bed, he layed down and flopped his feet up in the air with his body in a constant wiggle. Since I observed his physical restlessness first, I gently guided him …

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