"Our intention creates our reality." -Wayne Dyer This year, set intentions instead of resolutions. For thousands of years, it has been a tradition to make a New Year's resolution. A resolution is a firm decision to do or not do something and the majority of resolutions created focus on self-improvement. Yet, the definition feels so rigid and constrictive. And it's important to note that the majority of … [Read more...] about Set Intentions: Create a life you love.
A permission slip is a small piece of paper where someone (usually a parent/caregiver) gives someone else (a kid) permission to do something. If you have children in school, you are probably familiar with these small slips of paper. But a permission slip is not just for school. As parents, we need to give ourselves permission too. Brené Brown shares this strategy in her Dare to Lead programs. She focuses … [Read more...] about 10 “Permission Slips” for Parents to Sign
How do you feel when your child hits, kicks, cries, whines or yells? They are expressing difficult emotions. It makes sense to want to stop the behavior, but what are we accomplishing in the process? Of course we want the annoying behavior to end but in doing so we send a concerning message: "I'm not okay with your uncomfortable feeling." Managing your uncomfortable feelings Anger. Anxiety. Jealousy. Sadness. … [Read more...] about Sitting in Discomfort: How to allow ALL feelings
Have you ever tried to remain calm while hungry or tired? Or attempt to enforce a limit (sorry kids, no ice cream tonight) after a long, stressful day at work? It probably didn't end well. This is because you're lower level basic needs weren't met. And if you don't have the necessary amount of "fuel," it's hard to be your best self. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs In 1943, Abraham Maslow created the … [Read more...] about What you need as a parent and where to start
Do your kids ever ignore you or not listen to you? Do you find yourself repeating the same thing over and over? Kids don't listen. Or at least that's how it feels. But what if I told you that kids do listen. In fact, they are sponges absorbing way more than we sometimes want. They hear us (at least most of the time). The struggle is that they choose to ignore what we are asking of them. We can't force someone to … [Read more...] about Why kids don’t listen
It feels good to have power, or to believe we are in control. And it can feel debilitating when we feel we have lost our power or control. For some, it feels like a constant battle. As humans (young and old) we crave control. However, in life, and especially parenting, it's important to focus on letting go. "Control is the master addiction. Drop it. Let go. Let life be what it is."-David Allen We can choose to … [Read more...] about The Power of Letting Go