tips on parenting

Catching Behavior Problems Early

Catching Behavior Problems Early

In this series of tips on parenting, I have to add one that I see very commonly, with sometimes tragic consequences. As a parenting coach and educator, I always feel sad when a parent approaches me whose kids are already in major trouble. These parents care about their kids, but for whatever reason, they didn’t address issues when they were smaller. Now they are faced with much tougher issues that require much tougher choices. I blame this situation on three things: denial, […]
Our Children as Zen Masters

Our Children Cause Us To Grow Emotionally And Spiritually

Do you want to achieve emotional and spiritual enlightenment? Do you envy people who can go and sit on the mountaintop and meditate all day? Often as parents, we feel more like the woman on the left! However, as part of my series of tips on parenting, I want to highlight the capacity our children have for causing us to grow emotionally and spiritually. For many people, kids provide a much more powerful Zen training than you can get in most monasteries. […]
Do You Overreact

Why Do Parents Overreact? A Simple But Powerful Tool to Help

There is no such thing as a perfect parent so just be a real one. – Sue Atkins I love sharing inspiring quotes as part of my series of tips on parenting because so much of our job as a parent is keeping our vision for our family and our optimism, even when times are tough. Sometimes when our kids are tantruming, or our teen is rebelling, it is hard not to overreact. Even if you know that it is important to […]
Stay In Love After Marriage

How To Stay In Love After Marriage

Many of the best tips on parenting that I know are about our personal growth, and not about our kids at all! I first encountered the idea that parenting is meant to grow ourselves up from an early mentor of mine, Dr. Gordon Neufeld. It was so helpful for me to realize that the ways my kids pushed my buttons were opportunities to grow and become a happier, more mature adult. Reframing the many issues parenting brought up for me helped me […]
Kids Who Talk Too Much

Kids Who Talk Too Much

A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child. ~ Forest E. Witcraft I want to share a powerful story with you as part of my series of tips on parenting. It is an example of how important it is to be involved in your children’s lives, even […]
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