Behavior Problems WORSENING After You Start Gentle Parenting? This Could Be Why.
Sometimes when we're new to peaceful parenting, our children's behavior can TEMPORARILY seem to get worse! Why is this? First, know that it can be completely normal. YES, you may need new tools for setting and enforcing boundaries, but more may be going on, as well. In this 16-minute course, I cover what's often happening for kids who act out more when we make this change (and yes, you should...
The Kids Are Taking Care of Each Other
"THIS is how I'm feeling right now," said an 8-year-old child who's not my own, as she pointed to a picture in a book of a very frightened owl. This is a child who'd just been evacuated from her home due to the incredible Marshall Fire wildfires in Colorado. The winds were still blowing […]
Helping Kids Process Traumatic Events
Recently, our area suffered a devastating fire and many homes were lost. This video is to support parents and caregivers who want to help their children process the news in emotionally healthy ways (concepts apply to other situations beyond the fire, as well). For those who are suffering, I also strongly suggest play therapy for kids and traditional, somatic, or other therapy for adults. 20-minute video.
Tired Mom? A Better Way to Manage Our Time & Lower Our Stress
In this 20-minute mini-course, I discuss a new way to manage our time better, which can result in more connection and more joy. *Also for Dads and other caregivers.
Slipping Through My Fingers
Trigger warning.I'm not equipped for this. My daughter and I were at the playground last Monday. We'd been on the swings together, then running around chasing dreams, or fairies, or whatever it was she said we were pursuing. We climbed a hill that had a giant concrete sundial at the top and were feeling the […]
Raising Empowered Children
I had an opportunity to re-think something important today. My daughter and I were at the playground. She was spinning alone, at her own happy pace, on a merry-go-round. After only 30 seconds or so of being on it, a bigger boy ran up to her spinning contraption and said, "Hey, can you […]
Want a Happy Child? Here are 10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Raise Kids Who Love Life
We've all seen the happy child who leans into life, smiling all the way, seemingly without a care in the world. How does this happen? Are they born this way, or can we teach kids ways to optimize their emotional well being? Indeed, some children are born happier. Temperament, driven partially by genetic makeup, can […]
Child Talking Back? Here Are 3 Easy Ways to Curb the Behavior & Build Respect
Talking back, or "back talk," is when a child pushes back on what an adult (often their parent) is saying, demonstrating what adults perceive as a lack of respect. It may include verbal components, up to and including the child having a shouting match with their parents, as well as nonverbal components, such as eye […]
Best Christmas Gifts for Kids 2021
If you're looking for the best Christmas gifts for kids 2021, here's your list! I've keep it simple and practical, and organized the ideas by type. Note that not all of these gifts were just released this year. In fact, by design, I've chosen gifts that have stood the test of time. I'm not "into" […]
Birds and the Bees: How to Make This Awkward Conversation Easier for Everyone
"The birds and the bees" is the mother of all euphemisms. It's how people used to refer to the so-called sex talk that parents have dreaded since...actually, not that long ago. Up until fairly recently, farm life was children's natural foray into sex education. Want to learn about how reproduction works? Look no farther than […]