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 Just Another Day, Paul McCartney “Do we really have to go back again?” …

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 learning and/or education, this book will support Moms and Dads who recognize learning …

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 dragged me around the grounds. And all of my school friends were at …

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 feel like they are listening all day long. Because children are exploring the…

The Inherently Creative Family

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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 wisdom. If one could but recall his vision by some sort of sign.…

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! There are reflection questions and a discussion of each age/stage that might view …

Citizen Kid

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What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead. — Nelson Mandela “How’s my little buddy doing?” says Butcher Keith as my…

Girl Leadership’s Twitter Chat on Pixar’s “Inside Out” at #HowDoYouFeel

I am excited to join in a conversation about emotions incited by the new Pixar movie, “Inside Out.” This chat, organized by Girl Leadership, includes participants from Common Sense Media, Ruler – the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Encourage Play and more. I will represent CASEL- the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning. Please …

Thinking Before and After Acting; New Article in Smart Parents Series

Check out the latest article by Confident Parents, Confident Kids’ author, Jennifer Miller helping parents prepare their children for responsible decision making by practicing thinking before they act and reflecting afterward on choices made. It was written in partnership with Roger Weissberg of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning. It can be read now on educational reformer …

Summer Reading

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That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald When I was growing up, my neighborhood library held the “Super Summer Reading Program.” I so fondly…