Supporting Kids Dealing with Fear – Upcoming Webinar

How can you help your child deal with fears? Does your child call out to you at night when she is supposed to be sleeping because she is afraid of the dark? Does your son shrink from learning to swim or to ride a bike because he fears failure? Is it difficult to get your …

Bullying Prevention Awareness Month: What Parents Can Do

In honor of Bullying Prevention Awareness Month… 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. It had come after a series …

Element of a Confident Parent – Looking for the Good

Though the sunshine sparkles through the yellow leaves during these beautiful Fall days, there is less light in the morning and evening. And we’ve been doing this school thing for a few months now. We’ve poured it on and now we are slowing down a bit – tired. My husband and I noticed that some …

50 Constructive Alternatives to Detention or Punishment

Ideas for Parents and Educators “Are you okay, E?” I overheard a concerned classmate ask my son as he walked out of the school building yesterday at pick up time. “I’m okay.” he assured the friend. In my head, I was saying “Uh-oh!” bracing myself for the unknown challenge ahead. I ditched my errand-running plans …

Introducing – Promoting Independent Play and Dealing with Attention-Seeking Behaviors

Watch this short video introduction of a special webinar coming later this week! Space is limited. Register – or learn more here!

Seven Surprising Facts About Emotions That Every Child Needs to Know

By Guest Writer, Ann Douglas Imagine how tough it must be to be a kid, trying to crack the code that is human emotion. Just when you think you’ve got everything all figured out, someone tosses you a curveball by reacting in a puzzling or unexpected way. Your mom is angry rather than happy about …

Join Me Tonight…

Frustrated with the political climate? Join me for our conversation tonight on how we can raise civic-minded kids. Constructive solutions begin at home. This is an important way to consider how you and your family are cultivating the value of acting as a contributor to the community and greater world. The conversation begins at 7 …

Bigger Than Me: Raising Civic-Minded Kids

Mark your calendar! Join me next Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. EST on Twitter to discuss the timely and critical issue of how we can raise civic-minded kids! This is not just about helping kids learn about government. It’s about how they will develop compassion for others and responsibly contribute to their community, city, …

How Do We Cultivate 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 summer camp, friends or other extracurriculars that …

Using Strange Calm

“Our Mom wasn’t like other Moms.” a twenty-something daughter of my mentor recalled. “As kids, when we were doing something crazy, she wouldn’t yell. She would get so quiet.” “And she moved really slowly.” added the thirty-something sister. “We called it her strange calm.” “And I guess it worked because we were weirded out by …

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