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Next Generation Character Traits

As you begin to consider the new parenting paradigm, I want to push you all to reconsider your notion of character and what it means for your child. The notion of teaching “good character” is very much tied to the old paradigm of parenting. Traits like respect, responsibility, fairness, and citizenship, are essential for building …

Welcome to the New Parenting Paradigm

The world of parenting is shifting.  We are leaving behind “traditional” styles of parenting that treat children as property, and embracing the idea that our children are small humans with legitimate human rights.  As a society, we are beginning to understand that children need our acceptance, understanding, and guidance to help them develop the inner …

How Do You Handle Parenting Peer Pressure?

You’re at the park with your child.  You’re standing back and watching them climb up the slide barefoot then slide back down. You see no harm in this because you have talked to your child about the importance of getting out of the way when someone else wants to slide down.  After a few minutes …

Let Your Intuition Be Your Guide

When my daughter was fifteen months old, I hit a wall.  She had never slept well, and at that point we were getting three hour stretches of sleep on a good night.  On a bad night, she was waking up every hour. I was exhausted, and I had already tapped out my resources. I’d read …

How Do You Handle Power Struggles With Your Child?

Earlier this summer, I was featured on The Thriving Child parenting summit, hosted by Lyda Osinga.  We discussed strategies to minimize power struggles with your child, parent from a calmer place, and support your child in developing into an emotionally healthy adult.  The meat of the video is a breakdown of the PATH Process.  Here’s …

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