Tag: Parents

Deck the Halls with Mental Well-Being

Fa, La, La, La, La… This is an oldie but goodie (and frankly I needed it today!). My son burst into tears as his friends waited at our door to play. He had fallen up our stairs and gashed his shin on the metal rims of the hall steps. I plopped on the floor to …

YOU Have a Role in Preventing School Violence

Learn More About What Exactly You Can Do! Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart walking around outside your body. – Elizabeth Stone And this is the very reason why the events of school shootings shake us all to the core. Because it …

Family New Year’s Resolution – The Fighting Fair Family Pledge

What if, this new year, you introduced a family new year’s resolution – to agree to fight fairly? Fighting is inevitable in families. It does not represent weakness but only reality. Be sure to read through to the end of this article to find the easy-to-print and use “Fighting Fair Family Pledge”! Throughout childhood, kids …

Celebrating the Earth – Ways for Families to Explore Nature through the Ages/Stages

“Mom, come quickly!” E says practically jumping up and down. “There’s a bluejay in our yard!” And this scene has played out over and again but with varying creatures – bunnies, beetles, and butterflies – oh my! If you have a patch of grass outside your door, there’s an opportunity for your kids to explore …

Learning about Some of the World’s Major Holidays – Their Uniqueness and Commonalities

Because of the numerous holidays celebrated through the fall and winter months, it is an ideal time to discuss how people celebrate around the world – both the uniqueness of traditions and also the many commonalities. I was struck by the number of similar themes and symbols when I did the research for the following …

“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 …

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 …

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 …

Easing the Back to School Transition

“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 …