Little People, Big Emotions (and what to do about them)

Summer can be super fun time for some kids, but for others, it can mean a loss of structure and routine and therefore control. I see this playing out moment to moment with my daughter. Everyday she wants to know exactly what we’re doing and when, and when the schedule doesn’t fall into place as…

I wrestle with my kids

My 4 year old son is a pretty calm kid compared to some other boys his age. As a baby he sat still, never cried, and smiled all the time and that temperament has remained to this day. He is also super cuddly and tells me he loves me all the time with genuine feeling….

How to talk to your child without yelling or nagging

There are hundreds of books out there about how to be a better parent. Parenting is a billion dollar industry and just think about it – We have turned a noun “a parent” into a verb “parenting” which means being a parent is not just a label for a relationship, it’s an action.  Just think…

Are your kids unhappy enough?

Ask any parent what they want for their child and they will usually say “I just want them to be happy”. We all think this makes sense and is good, but is our child’s happiness really our responsibility? Or could making this our goal actually be damaging to our children and even to us? As we…

Why “should” is a four-letter word

I really have begun to dislike the word “should”. The feelings that this word creates for me are stressful and negative. Every time I have the thought that includes the words “should” or “shouldn’t”, I start feeling like I’m not good enough, that I’m not doing enough, or that the people around me are not…

Want a clean and organized house? Try life coaching!

When I started working with a life coach, I never imagined it would help me have a cleaner and more organized house. Of course, I hoped that coaching would help me feel better, reach my goals, challenge my beliefs, and help me be an overall better person and parent, but I never imagined that doing this…

Why kids (and parents) lie and what to do about it

Photo by Min An on Pexels.com[/caption Kids sometimes lie It was a beautiful summer night last week and my 7 year old and 4 year old were playing outside, happily wasting away the time cutting our long unkempt grass with scissors. They both come running in to get ready for bed when I looked over…

4 ways society subtly stereotypes moms and why it’s so damaging

We all get messages from our culture about how we’re supposed to behave in our specific roles as parents, whether they are overt or subtle. For example, my mother, mother-in-law, and mom friends, overtly (but kindly) express their views on parenting and what it means to be a mom and usually this advice is helpful…

When your child is feeling bad

My dad was a highly sensitive and an emotional and loving person. He loved us to the point that it caused him physical pain. I knew this because he told me. He struggled his whole life to deal with his own overly strong emotions, and therefore was unable to deal with our emotions as kids…