Being a Thermostat in a Thermometer World

How often have you noticed your child copying your action, words, or thoughts? Maybe you were driving and heard your child in the back seat repeating, “Come on, people! The light is green! Go, go, go!” Or when you were mowing the lawn and your child got his toy lawnmower and started doing it alongside…

My Child Won’t Tell Me How They Feel

I often encounter parents who are concerned because their child doesn’t talk about their feelings. Whether it’s in response to a separation or divorce, the death of a loved one, bullying at school, or any other number of issues, parents desire to help their children talk through their emotions. But therein lies the problem: Children…

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…

Kid Gifts to Inspire and Build Confidence

What if you could gift your child more than just a physical toy for Christmas this year? What if you could inspire them, build confidence, and encourage growth with the simple joy of a toy? The truth is, the kinds of toys we choose for our children can either inspire or stunt imagination, learning, confidence,…

Reinvest in the Empty Nest

Every autumn my friends and I return to familiar conversations as one-by-one we become empty nesters. We often lament the loss of our roles as parents and the day-to-day interactions we had with our children. We wonder in what new ways we should invest the time and energy we now have at our disposal. But…

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…