5 Reasons Your Family Needs A Calming Space
Our children are never going to have fewer emotions. In fact, they will only get more complex as they get older. But when we stay steadfast in our connection and guidance, they become adults who don’t feel less but who feel their feelings and know wh...
When Dads Have The "Girl Talk" With Their Daughters
A dad shares what it is like to be a widowed parent, raising daughters, and having hard conversations. "Before my late wife passed away, I probably would have retreated to my mancave when hard things like “period talk” popped up. But looking back at ...
5 Ways To Handle Your Child's Challenging Behaviors
Sometimes, we can’t help but want to pull away from our children when they are challenging to be around, because our children often ask for love in the most unloving of ways. And it is when they are their most challenging that they need us most. Here...
Don't Be On Behavior Patrol; Parent The Whole Child
With lots of positive interactions, a love-based mindset, and a positive approach to changing behavior, you can keep your connection with your kids strong as you enforce your limits, correct off-track behavior, and guide them through childhood.
We Are More Than Moms
Do you ever feel like a piece of you gets lost in Motherhood? It's not that you don't feel grateful for the gifts of your children and love them immensely. You do. But there is also an undeniable shedding of yourself and it takes practice to find you...
7 Ways to Stop Disrespectful Behavior
Disrespectful behavior is a normal response for an underdeveloped, reactive brain. Our response to this normal behavior, however, will determine whether a negative cycle ensues or our relationship is strengthened. When you must choose between showing...
How to Handle Meltdowns, Not Listening, and Backtalk
When it comes to parenting little ones, there seem to be three common parenting struggles: meltdowns, not listening, and talking back. This is a guide for addressing each in your home.
The Adults We Become Are Influenced By The Children We Had To Be
It can be easy to write ourselves or another parent off as a "bad" parent, but maybe what we need, and have always needed, is for someone to tell us that we don't have to be that scared child anymore - that we can break the cycle.
How To Celebrate Being An Imperfect Mom
As parents, we will make mistakes and yet our blunders don't define us. The way we choose to love and embrace our whole, vibrant selves (even the messy parts) creates a foundation for our children to do the same.
The Connecting Magic of Family Traditions and Rituals
We are living in times where parents are working longer, kids are schooling longer, and everyone is glued to their devices when not working or schooling. Traditions have the power to bring us back to one another. Here are 10 traditions to start with ...
Punching Pillows Isn’t a Good Calming Strategy for Kids (Here’s What Is)
When it comes to calming strategies for kids, the internet has provided a vast array to choose from, but not all of them are backed by research. In fact, some of the most recommended tips - punching or screaming into a pillow and stomping feet, for e...
10 Effective Tools For Your Child's Back-To-School Anxiety
Moving from summer break to back to school is a transition, and transitions are tricky for kids, which means they are also tricky for parents. But you don’t have to navigate this alone. We have some tools to make it less stressful for both you and yo...
How About a Little Less Guilt This Summer
The memes are swirling again. “Your children are only little once” and “enjoy every second.” But when you’re struggling, these well-meaning sentiments land like a swift slap to the cheek. Here are 3 steps to blast through the shame and reclaim your ...
The Emotional Wounding Of The Perfect Parent
When we learn at a young age that our parents' love isn't reliable, we become hypervigilant to their moods and rescue them by becoming whoever they need us to be. This becomes our survival mechanism - our way to control how other people see us, and i...
5 Simple Tools To Create A Meaningful Relationship With Your Child
Looking to make it through the day without yelling, power struggles or the dreaded parenting guilt? Stop what you're doing and check out these 5 simple (and effective) parenting tools.
A Guide to Building Relationships with Our Teens
When our children are young, they do most of the bidding for connection. As they grow older and there is more peer influence, we often find roles reversed. Here are 6 ways to decode your teen's bids for connection and tools to extend your own for a h...
Why Do Parents Spank?
To advocate for the children who fall subject to corporal punishment, perhaps we must witness the inner child of the punisher. Here are 4 reasons why someone may spank and how to use this information to connect rather than shame. (Because, remember, ...
We Often Think Our Kids Are Manipulating Us But Are We Manipulating Them?
We often feel like our children are manipulating us yet research shows that willful manipulation is a function of higher brain regions that are still extremely underdeveloped in toddlers. Unfortunately, parental manipulation is much more common and u...
3 Ways To Meet Your Child's Needs For Attachment And Authenticity
When a parent habitually removes affection or acceptance from a child as a means of coercing compliance, the child is forced into codependency or rebellion. The child has to work for attachment and forfeit authenticity, or fight for authenticity and ...
6 Simple Ways To Diffuse Power Struggles With Your Toddler
We cannot raise independent, assertive, and strong-willed adults if we force them to be passive, pliable, and obedient children. Here are 6 connection-based ways to diffuse and decrease power struggles in your home!
I Sent Myself To The Calming Corner And My Child Learned To Regulate Emotions
Time-Ins are an opportunity for us adults to re-connect with our inner child and learn the skills of emotional regulation so that we can then model and teach these skills to our children. Here are 5 steps for taking a Time-In as an adult.
What To Do When Positive Parenting Isn't Working
Sometimes parents say that positive parenting “isn’t working” for them, and when that is the case, it’s important to explore why before giving up. Here are some reasons why and 5 things to do when you feel like positive parenting isn't working for yo...
7 Parts Of The Parenting Pie
At its core, parenting is about relationships, and in our search for the perfect discipline tricks, we've lost sight of that. Here are 7 pieces to the "parenting pie" that shape your child’s formative years.
Two Words That Soothe A Child’s Heart
Our connection matters. Our children feel it. They need it. They need to know that, no matter what transpired today, no matter what was said, no matter what was spilled or knocked over or broken or uttered, we are good.
3 Simple Tools To Gain Cooperation From Your Child
When it comes to getting your child to listen, tricks and bribes only go so far. Eventually, your kids will wise up to them, and because these tactics evoke a fight or flight response, they will rebel. Here are 3 tools to increase cooperation so that...
How to Become a Cycle-Breaking Parent in 4 Steps
Unlike many of our parents who repressed, denied, ignored, or shamed their own feelings, resulting in abusive explosions and emotional neglect, becoming a cycle breaker means that we commit to FACE-ing our emotions with clarity and deep compassion. H...
3 Effective Ways to Create a Peaceful Home Life
Want to create a home with less yelling, power struggles, and chaos - a home that has more peace? Then these are your three ingredients.
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