Simple Calming Strategies for You and Your Kids

Stress Less: Calming Strategies from Parent Toolkit on Vimeo.   This  video short from the NBC Parent Toolkit shows how simple it can be to incorporate calming strategies into your life and your children’s to benefit all in your family. Maurice Elias,… Read More

Parents, Kids and Bullying Behaviors – What Can We Do?

Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself. -Elie Weisel “You’re a horrible person,” was what I heard and deeply felt though I cannot recall the exact words that delivered this final crushing blow…. Read More

Reading Together: A Portal to Social and Emotional Discoveries (with Book Recommendations)

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis “One more chapter!” my son pleads at bedtime and more often than not, I have obliged. It’s a true joy… Read More

On Getting Smart: “Smart Parents and Back to School Preparations; Supporting Social Learning”

On “Getting Smart” in the Smart Parents series and next week, in the Huffington Post, Education section… “Smart Parents and Back to School Preparations: Supporting Social Learning” It begins… After the first week of school, I walked my seven year old son… Read More

Reinvigorating Your School Year Routines

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

Launch of “Smart Parents” Book!

What an honor it is to be a contributor to the new book, Smart Parents; Parenting for Powerful Learning by Bonnie Lathram, Carri Schneider and Tom Vander Ark. Packed with helpful guidance from more than 60 parents who are also experts in… Read More

Easing the Transition Back to School

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

Say What?

Originally posted on confident parents confident kids:
When you really listen to another person from their point of view, and reflect back to them that understanding, it’s like giving them emotional oxygen. – Stephen Covey Most parents, particularly with young children, may…

The Inherently Creative Family

Originally posted on confident parents confident kids:
There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest…

Using “Inside Out” to Discuss Emotions with Kids; A New Article by Jennifer Miller on NBC’s Parent Toolkit

Hope you’ll check out “More Than A Movie: The Parenting Opportunity of ‘Inside Out’” by CPCK’s author, Jennifer Miller on NBC’s Parent Toolkit. The movie creates a significant opportunity to discuss the role of emotions in our lives if parents seize it!… Read More