October 13, 2017

20 Epic Life Skills Your Child Learns Through Play

Play is an underestimated but vastly powerful force on your child’s development, read more about the areas of development that are positively impacted by play. I was driving my 7-year-old daughter to summer camp, like real camp. The kind where you don’t get to talk to them […]
September 13, 2017

A Listening EAR 

What if you could transform your stressful relationships almost instantly? You could if you listen with EAR. What do I mean by that? When we are criticized or attacked, we respond with defensiveness. It is built into us. Our brains are wired in such a […]
August 13, 2017

Top 10 Things Your Children Need from You

As much as we might wish for a parenting manual, with exact instructions based on proven scientific methodology, the truth is that parenting is more art than science. Below are 10 basic “art tools” to help children thrive: 1. Safety. They don’t need over-protecting, but […]
July 25, 2017

Setting Limits: How to Say Yes to Yourself and No to Others

Read any magazine article or book about parenting and the author will advise the necessity of setting limits for children. “Set limits and stick to them,” parents are counseled. Limits create the structure and discipline that every child needs for healthy upbringing. But for adults-especially those […]
June 19, 2017

Blended Families

All relationships have their complications, but step-families create a web of relationships and inter-relationships that make the average spider’s overnight spinning look simple in comparison. Consider these possible variations: the woman may be wife, ex-wife, mother and stepmother. Her relationships might include her husband, her […]
May 10, 2017

Growing Yourself as a Parent

“Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince Imagine a baby shower where the guests bring a special kind of gift for the new parents. Not baby clothes. […]