25 Ways to Say "We Love You" to a Child
As I write this, it's November 30: my child's Advent calendar is hanging downstairs, still empty, for her to find in the morning. Rather than fill it with trinkets that will soon be forgotten by her (but not by our planet), I'm planning to fill it with 25 ways to say "We love you." This […]
When Does Parenting Get Easier? 2 Ways to Make Parenting Feel Peaceful
Sleep deprivation and other struggles in the early years are real, and it doesn't take long before bleary-eyed parents of small children ask, "What's the magical age? WHEN does parenting get easier?" As exhausted as you might be right now, there's hope for parents at every stage of their child's development. I'll go through each […]
Your Highly Sensitive Child Needs You to Know These 5 Important Things
When we hear the term "highly sensitive child" (HSC), we may think about an anxious child or an intensely shy child who cries often or is easily overwhelmed. Although sensitive kids may exhibit those traits on occasion, you may be surprised to learn those aren't actually the hallmarks of most highly sensitive kids. This article […]
Lonely Mom: 5 Meaningful Ways to Connect with People Your Own Size
I get what it feels like to be a lonely mom. Having moved house an average of almost once per year for the first six years of my child's life, I've spent a lot of time trying to make new mom friends. Or any new friends at all, really, regardless of whether or not they're […]
Conscious Parenting: 7 Important Ways to Earn & Keep Your Child's Heart
Conscious parenting is connection-based parenting, where we prioritize relationship and mental health over parental dominance. Still, "conscious parenting" sounds rather funny, doesn't it? It's as if the alternative is unconscious parenting, and that's what I do when I'm asleep. That aside, there's a lot of confusion about what conscious parenting is and why it's such […]
Fear of Schools: Why Some Kids Avoid Education & 6 Ways to Help
Although most children like going to school, it is a real fear for other kids. A fear of schools can escalate to avoidance or refusal, resulting in physical symptoms and missed opportunities for learning. Parents and educators may experience immense stress trying to fill the gaps. This post will explore the five most common causes […]
Video Interview with Dr. Sarah Bren
In this interview, Dr. Sarah Bren discusses "good enough" parenting and why it really IS good enough. She covers big feelings, boundaries, and how to handle parenting when we really don't know what to do.
A Grace-Based Perspective on Sharing, Whining & Tantrums
27-minute mini-course. In this session, I address why issues related to sharing, whining/"attitude" and tantrums can be so triggering for parents and caregivers, and how we can support children through these tricky moments. Note that this video was originally recorded for a Christian gentle parenting summit, so there are Biblical references in it. The science and approaches apply regardless of faith and/or belief system.
How to Create a More Peaceful Home: A Christian Perspective on Connection, Play, and Healthy Boundaries
Sarah offers specific tools you can use to decrease conflict and increase joy -- all rooted in how we allow the fruit of the Spirit to come to life in our homes. She'll share her expertise in attachment science, interpersonal neurobiology, and the science of play in practical, easy-to-understand ways that you can start to use immediately. How would it feel to wake every day with a smile on your...
The Uncomfortable Work of Speaking Up
Yesterday, I went to the eye doctor for an annual checkup (by "annual," I mean it had been three years, but such is mom life sometimes). The doctor was fantastic; really loving and supportive and inclusive of my child, who happened to be with me. She even introduced us to her 2.5-year-old son, who accompanies […]