Gratitude & Giving Back: Help Your Child Take the Next Step to Buil...

The “season of giving” can mean far more than a friendly gift exchange or a donation to a favorite nonprofit. Giving often springs from feelings of gratitude...

Stuck Indoors? Use the Time to Build Social and Emotional Learning

The recent smoky conditions in the California Bay Area kept most of us indoors, creating long and sometimes stressful days for many families. We were forced to cope with a...

Gratitude with a Tween Twist

In the realm of social-emotional learning, the tables have been turned at our house. My middle-schooler, Gabe, has come up with a way to reward his parents and get some of...

Get Ready, Do, Done: Help your child build planning skills while cr...

My house is Halloween Central already, with both of my sons focused on their all-important costume choices. Their interest in these costumes makes Halloween an ideal time...

Parenting with a Growth Mindset: Helping Kids Believe in the Value ...

Sometimes, one of my sons will tell me he’s not good at something, like understanding algebra or catching pop flies. “You may not be ‘good’ yet...

iPhone Overboard: Using Co-regulation in a Sink-or-Swim Moment

Sometimes we surprise ourselves, especially in relation to our kids! Earlier this summer, my family took a ten-day vacation to Belgium and Germany. On the second day, while...

Autism & Friendship: Raising Awareness in Your Own Family

How can we raise awareness about autism within our own family? I see this as part of a larger goal I have as a parent—to teach my kids to be tolerant and curious...

Mindful March

What are your self-help tools when you feel sad?  How about afraid? I find myself drawn to increase my mindfulness practice. This is the one thing that keeps me...

Practice Loving-kindness to Build Heartfulness on Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s a great time to teach empathy, perspective taking, and loving-kindness. In the world of mindfulness (paying...

Building Perspective Taking on Martin Luther King Jr. Day: It Takes...

Helping kids to think beyond themselves is one of the pleasures and responsibilities of being a parent or caregiver. Coming up on January 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day...

Hidden Rules for Receiving a Gift

I was recently at a party where the birthday girl couldn’t hide her disappointment when a certain gift was unwrapped. The boy who had given the gift was visibly...

The Art of Giving: Thinking About Someone Else’s Wants and Wishes

With the winter holidays coming up, it’s a perfect time to delve into your child’s “person files” in order to brainstorm gift ideas. A person file...

Embracing Teachable Moments in the Kitchen Part 2-Focus on Social L...

Cooking and group meals are perfect times to bolster social learning through planning, practicing, and prepping your child for a task or event. Before getting to work in...

Embracing Teachable Moments in the Kitchen Part 1-Focus on Executiv...

When your child helps out in the kitchen, it’s more than a chance to teach him to cook: it’s an opportunity to work on executive function skills....

Get Ready, Do, Done: Help your child build planning skills while cr...

My house is Halloween Central already, with both of my sons focused on their all-important costume choices. Their interest in these costumes makes Halloween an ideal time...
 

Puppy Love and Learning

My son wanted a puppy more than anything for his 13th birthday. Our dog Jack, a member of our family for 14 years, had recently died, so we couldn’t say no....

Calmer Waters this Summer

I often head into summer in full-blown problem-solving mode for my children. I struggle to balance camps and summer fun with all the things my kids “should” be...

Thinking About Dad on Father’s Day

Father’s Day is coming up fast!  Even during the craziness of school ending and summer starting, there is still time to make this an extra special day for the...

Mother’s Day-Thinking About Mom

Let’s be realistic—most moms or mother figures (including myself) just want to be thought about and appreciated by their kids from time to time. We hope this...

Another Teachable Moment on the Home Front: Building Acceptance by ...

“If you are truly serious abut preparing your child for the future, don’t teach him to subtract, teach him to deduct.” –...

Breathe In, Breathe Out—And Something More

When my sons get frustrated or upset, my instinct is to say “calm down, just breathe”.. But it’s not always that easy. Many kids, including mine, get...

Pay it Forward for Valentine’s Day

I recently taught the concept of “paying it forward” to the kids in my son’s 4th grade class. The idea is to repay an act of kindness that someone has...

Valentine’s Day Word Clouds

Helping kids to develop social-emotional learning is one of my passions. I recently went into my son’s 4th grade classroom to talk with the kids about character...

Are You Listening to Me?

If your home life is anything like mine, you have those frustrating moments when it appears that your kids just aren’t listening to what you’re saying. Though...

Using Gratitude to Increase Well Being – Five Tips to Help Get Started

Now that the Thanksgiving leftovers are just a memory and the holidays are underway, how can we hold on to a mindset of gratitude? Many of us are aware that feeling...

Not Just For Kids: Parents Need Tools Too!

I usually write to parents about tools and strategies to help their kids, but sometimes it’s the parents who need support, myself included. It’s been a hectic...

Help Your Child Be a Mindful Social Observer

As I guide my kids toward a back-to-school mindset, I’m not focused solely on academics. Sure, I’ve been bringing out the math workbooks and adding more reading...

Help Your Child Take Perspective on the 4th of July

Amidst the fun of July 4th picnics and fireworks, the holiday is also a great reminder to step back, zoom out, and look at the world through a broader lens. We all have...

I Resigned from my Job as the Household Nagger

Seven Tools that Increased My Children’s Executive Functioning and Independence “Pick up your clothes,” “Put your dishes in the sink,”...

Mindful Awareness… The Bridge to Acceptance

Last year I was at a birthday party at one of those big places where the kids jump around on trampolines and mats, and a host is assigned to the party.  I was helping...

Self-Talk and Mindfulness Save The Day!!

Last week, I had one of the worst days I have had in a very long time. It started out as a typical and peaceful morning of walking and mindful meditation with my dog Jack...
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