2017

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Deep down, I think many kids are looking for something more meaningful and challenging than what they are experiencing. I think they are looking for a real sense of competence and ownership over their own lives. But they are growing up controlled, overprotected, and anxious because of it. I know adults can relate. How do…

Read more The Anxiety/Autonomy Connection

Dear frustrated parent, So, things aren’t going so well and you’re struggling. You’d like to be more skillful, less volatile perhaps. You’d definitely like it to be easier. Good news! Parenting can be learned, and in fact, it should be. There’s no shame in the game. We were never taught how to parent. So don’t…

Read more Skillful Parenting

Parents mean the best. We try to do the right thing. We try hard to help our kids. Today’s parents are doing more and more for their children. Sometimes children need space to do their own thing. It turns out that sometimes less is more. How can too much help and support be a bad…

Read more Step Away from the Helicopter, Parent: How to Build Skills, Resilience and Confidence in your Children

There are 3 things I have found that when paid attention to, dramatically improve the parenting experience. They improve the effectiveness and the enjoyment of whole experience. 1. Self Awareness: Coming to know yourself, your emotional state, and where you are most likely to get emotionally triggered will allow you to sidestep many power struggles.…

Read more 3 Things You Can do Now to Step-up Your Parenting Game

“You have to be like Superman to your kids. They need to think you can do anything. You always need to come across as capable and in control.” Man to man, Dad to dad, this was the wisdom my Uncle to passed on to me a few years ago. I look at Dadding a little…

Read more Super Dad vs Real Dad

For grandparents who will be, or who are interested in being, involved in the lives of their peacefully parented grandchildren, familiarizing yourself with this short list of Do’s and Don’ts will go a long way. Do follow the lead and respect the wishes of the parent at all times…across the board Do respect your grandchild’s feelings, body,…

Read more Grandparent’s Guide for Peacefully Parented Grandchildren