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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