The (Power) Struggle is Real

As I sit with parents before meeting their children for the first time, I often hear the same things over and over: “It’s a constant power struggle. I can’t trust them to do anything on their own, and I’m exhausted from always having to step in.” This repetitive topic doesn’t come up because the parent…

The Key to Successfully Blending Families

Parenting, itself, is a challenge. But when parents are trying to raise children who are blended from different families, it is an even bigger one. When blending a family, a biological parent may feel disillusion that they found a new partner to share their life with and yet still feel like a single parent! A…

Finding Time with Your Child Everyday

While summertime can often mean more family time, there are lots of responsibilities on parents’ plates that don’t slow down even if school does.  Whether you’re planning a summer filled with beach vacations, fun family activities or looking at busy work schedules, all parents can benefit from looking for small and meaningful ways to spend…

Parenting in the Digital Age

Fun social media “facts”: 500 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube every second. It would take 158 years to watch every single snapchat story uploaded in just one day. Out of 7 billion people in the world, 3.7 billion own a cell phone, while only 3.5 billion own a toothbrush. Jean Twenge, a generational…

The Importance of Play: Why Adults Need Play As Much as Kids Do

Summer is here!  A time for kids to take a break from school and enjoy playing with friends.  But why should kids have all the fun?  Adults have a lot to gain by engaging in play.  For children and adults alike, play creates a sense of community. Engaging in adult play can increase social well-being…

Living Life from the Inside Out

Our “sense of self” might be described as our understanding of who we are, our make-up, wiring, preferences, and areas of strength and growth. Knowing these things and being able to communicate them can be beneficial both personally and professionally. Here’s a question to explore: Where and how does our sense of self develop? In…