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The connection between our emotions and our reactions

When we think of emotions and reactions, we often identify our emotional experience as our reactions. In this video, I explore the idea that our emotions actually precede our reactions. When we begin to view our emotions as separate from our actions, we can choose to experience our emotions without reacting emotionally. If this intrigues …

When Parents Don’t See Eye to Eye

One of the biggest challenges that I work through with parents is what they can do when their partner isn’t on the same page. Each one of us brings our own history into our relationships. We have well established beliefs about how children should behave, how children should be treated, and what it means to …

What Can Writing Do for Your Parenting?

I’m a huge proponent of having a daily writing practice. I believe that engaging in reflective writing helps you begin to recognize your thought processes and beliefs, which is the jumping off point to making meaningful change in our mindsets and the way we show up in the world. Writing is a powerful tool for …

No Boys Allowed: Responding to Exclusionary Language

After winter break, a new kid joined my daughter’s class. Her small school community, which had consisted of five four-year-old girls, was welcoming its first boy. We found out a few days in advance and tried to prepare her. She wasn’t on board at all.   “My school is just girls. No boys allowed.”   …

Elevating Self-Care: Moving Beyond Pleasure Seeking

Self-care, or prioritizing your own needs so that you can show up better for your family and your life, is an important piece of being a conscientious, mindful parent. Yet, for many of us, the notion of self-care conjures up images of long baths, nights out with friends, chocolate, and glasses of wine. Much of …

Your Best Parenting Resource

“If an organization is resourced, it has all the things, such as money and materials, that it needs to function properly.” – Collins Dictionary With the holidays in full swing, I wanted to share an important reminder. You have one of the most powerful parenting resources at your fingertips: YOU. In any given moment, you …

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