Tag: Self-management

Dramatizing the Drama

Transforming the Big Feelings of Now into Big Lessons for the Future Frowning faces, furrowed brows, and grumpy expressions describes our family’s morning meeting on Monday (and Tuesday, if I’m being honest) as we launched into yet another week of homeschooling. Tired of the pressures of schooling during a pandemic, we are needing to rally …

Helping Our Kids Deal with Stress Podcast

This week, we partner with Chandler Unified School District, the third largest school district in Arizona to discuss the stress children and teens are feeling along with sharing some strategies for parents to offer support. As this district moves from several months of remote learning to in-person learning with all of the new rules and …

Daily Feelings Temperature Checks

Though my family is not entering a school building each day and attempting to assess any signs of illness in ourselves or our child each day, we are going to school — at home. And we do need to check each of our temperatures as a matter of routine for our emotional wellness. No matter …

The Stress of School, The Safety of Now

Practice the “Body Check Five” to Manage Back-to-School Fears If you are a parent, educator, or a child old enough to anticipate the coming school year, there’s no doubt you are holding considerable tension. Speaking with educational leaders across the state of Ohio this past week, one message was consistent and crystal clear: we don’t …

Family Responsible Decision-Making

In Uncertain, Stressful and Dangerous Times, How Can We Make the Best Choices for our Family? “We rented a vacation home with one other close family friend thinking that situation could be low risk. But then, they surprised us when several of their cousins showed up with them.” “The whole group of girls, friends from …

Frustrations over Homework? Practice this Coping Strategy…

“Uuuwwaaaahhhh” I heard from our dining room table and recognized immediately the telltale sign of my son getting frustrated with his homework. “He hasn’t been working that long,” was my first thought. My second was, “this is gonna be a long night.” Children of all ages will experience frustration during homework time. And because we …

Parenting Lessons from Aikido: Managing Power Struggles with Skill

“Thank you for what I am about to learn,” or “Arigato gozaimasu” (ah-ree-gah-toe go-zah-ee-mass) my son along with ten of his teammates respectfully utter with a bow and prayer hands as they begin a lesson in Aikido. As a Star Wars’ fan and appreciator of “the force,” Aikido seemed to align well with my eleven-year-old’s desire …

Featured In Youth Connections Magazine… “A Parent’s Greatest Gift: Self-Management”

Check out the following feature article in “Youth Connections” magazine by Confident Parents, Confident Kids’ author, Jennifer Miller. This was written in partnership with Montana State University’s Center for Health and Safety Culture, one part of a multi-media campaign launching this January 2019 entitled Parenting Montana focused on parenting with social and emotional learning. Here’s how it …

Essential Conversations to Prepare Children for Life

By Guest Author, Jenny Woo “What are the most life-defining pieces of wisdom and memories that I could leave with my children and be in peace knowing that I have prepared them for life?” I’ve been pondering over this question nonstop. With the sudden passing of yet another friend, I felt the looming urgency to …

Helping Our Children Deal with their Fears

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. A few years back, E asked about whether shots would be involved with his upcoming doctor’s appointment well …

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