The Value of Consequences

I’m driving on the freeway and I see the same rule posted every few feet: 65 MPH. It is posted often so every driver sees and knows the rule. Every driver also understands the consequence for breaking the rule: a speeding ticket complete with loss of time and...
11 Steps to Calmer Parenting

11 Steps to Calmer Parenting

Parenting is the toughest job in the world, but also the most rewarding. The days are long, but the years are short. So how we approach each day makes a huge difference in how we feel. Remaining calm is good for our own mental health but also a wonderful lesson to our...

A Happy Holiday Season to All!

The final holidays of 2019 are here! (How did this year go by so fast?) Hopefully they will be filled with fun times: visiting with families and friends, presents, good food, and hopefully sharing with those less fortunate. (The holiday season continues to offer lots...

My Favorite Holiday is Almost Here!

I just love Thanksgiving. I call it the “F” holiday: Fall, Family, Friends, Food, Football, and Fun. I love that there are no gifts – only those of being together and connecting. I love cold mornings and cool days. I love the smell of roasting...

Anxiety: What Is It and How Can I Help?

I often hear from parents expressing concern that their child is exhibiting anxiety. They are questioning if their child is okay, and if more professional help is needed. To help answer some of your questions, here are notes from a talk I gave on the topic of anxiety:...

Eight Ways to Connect School and Home

From little ones…. To Big Ones. Make education a family value. The goal of school is to learn to love learning. Take turns at dinner and have everyone share one thing they learned that day. Create a home that values reading. Read to your young child every day,...