Simple Practices for Busy Parents to Foster Connection over the Holidays

Are you with me in wondering how you’ll get through the holiday season with a pandemic going on? Between having everyone home every day, limited ability to socialize with others, cancelled festivities, and no holiday gatherings with family and friends–it’ll be different for sure, and maybe even daunting in some moments. Whether you have active …

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Why Kids Lie and What Parents Can Do About It

Children and teens may tell lies for lots of reasons. When kids are little, they’re often exploring the boundary between reality and fantasy. But intentional lies are different. And if you think about it, adults lie sometimes too and we often justify it.

A Key to Creating Empathetic Kids

We often aim to help our kids feel happy, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting that. However, if we want to raise heart-centered empathic human beings, we need to aim for helping them FEEL—all feelings—happiness, sadness, anger, grief, all of them—not only happiness. The ability to feel is what makes children and all humans capable …

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“Pandemic Schooling” and our Unmotivated, Resistant Kids: What’s a Parent to Do?

I hear lots of parents talking about how their kids are resisting “home schooling” right now in this pandemic situation. Some parents are frustrated; other are worried or distraught. Some are completely at the end of their rope. I get it. You’re not alone. I have a few thoughts that will hopefully set your mind …

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Your Calm is Their Calm

Dear Parents:  During this time of stress and change, please care for yourselves well so that your children can feel “calm” and “safety” exuding from you. ♡ With all the changes in our daily lives because of the coronavirus, and many parents finding themselves at home with kids—either trying to work with kids around, or …

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Whose Job Is It Anyways?

It’s always the parent’s (or teacher’s) job to take responsibility for creating connection with a child; it’s never the child’s responsibility to initiate connection. I see this get turned around sometimes, when parents or teachers use a child’s behaviour to justify their own disconnecting actions. For instance, a child speaks “rudely” to the parent or …

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