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 are missing at our Thanksgiving table. A small family to begin with, it …

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 instinct, the interpretation of sensory input determining what is a real threat does …

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 need five more minutes to talk and then I will find out what …

“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, where one of the school shootings occurred, and her response to that tragedy. …

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 me like a zombie in a haunted mansion. E asked about whether shots …

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 so often told what not to do, but seldom offered simple, research-based strategies …

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 that all family members can actually enjoy the meal you’ve worked hard to …

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.” I hope you’ll watch, enjoy and gain some simple strategies you can use …

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, Social and Emotional Learning Expert at Rutgers University and I had the chance …

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. It had come after a series of unconsidered and callous jabs and was …