Reflections on parenting, family life, deep thoughts.
Onslaught of sparkling decorations as you enter Target, shiny toy catalogs in the mail, well-intentioned grandparents asking for lists. The three tips below help facilitate conversations in your family around giving - and receiving - gifts.
Fresh ideas for family game nights!
Even though I'm weird and REALLY, REALLY important, most people are actually paying closer attention to themselves. Just like I am.
Sometimes I over-parent. But I also strive to put myself out of a job.
I more easily find the humor and lightness in life when I remember that I can die any time.
You are a key player in your child's life.
When I gray my thoughts, I can view my mind as a tool rather than a toy.
Making meals more playful, even when you're in a hurry.
Video tip of a playful way to get out the door in the morning
Going back to school can be both exciting and hard. Have realistic expectations for your children and yourself. A wide range of skills can be explored and practiced!
One component of an authentic apology is feeling empathy for the injured party. If we want to teach our kids how to have true empathy - understanding from another person's perspective - we need to model it ourselves.
Play your way into mindfulness.
If you're stuck in your serious place, we can help!
Preschool emotions are under construction. What we see as a bad behaviors are emotions looking for a way out. Parents play a big role in coaching, modeling and telling stories involving our emotional self-regulation.
We all want to instill values like gratitude, empathy or honesty in our kids. But we're all making one glaring mistake.
We all have negative emotions. It's essential to accept them as part of being human. And it's important to notice the hard stuff for what it is. Improv helps us notice and find constructive ways to communicate and model a healthy emotional life.
Even if playfulness or spontaneity doesn't come naturally, PRACTICE is the answer. There are sweet rewards at the end of it.