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Where are your kids getting their dopamine?

Our bodies and brains are wired to release a “feel good chemical” called dopamine when we eat, have sex, or exercise. We also get a dopamine release from creating something, accomplishing something or being in the flow state of learning. Our culture has introduced many more dopamine producing activities to younger and younger children: Sugar, … Read more…

5-minute mood makeover for Moms

You’ve probably heard that practicing gratitude is a good thing to do. The problem is, when something is “good for us” and we hear we “should be grateful for what we have” we feel more obligated than elevated. I’m not a morning person. I wake up slowly, quietly and a little grumpy. Starting my day … Read more…

What it’s like to live with teens

When I try to sit next to him on the couch, he blocks me with his feet. When I reach out for a hug, he turns away. Anytime I try to contribute to a conversation, he tells me I’m wrong. If I dare to ask him questions, I get arguments. As I type this, there … Read more…

Is your kid not acting in line with your expectations?

It can happen at any time: 4 weeks, 4 years, or 14 on up. The child we’re parenting, doesn’t match with the one we expected to be parenting. Ida’s* story…. Ida thought she had the ADHD thing under control. She adapted her parenting style, adapted his diet, bedroom and after school activities to allow him … Read more…

Boys need sex education talks with mom and dad

I have a problem. Once again, I’ve got more girls with their moms signed up for my Time for The Talk class than I have boys. I’m sure there are lots of reasons why, but I would love your ideas figuring out how to encourage more parents sign their 10-12 year old boys. This class … Read more…

Are smart phones good for teens? What parents need to know.

The introduction of smart phones to an entire generation of children has made some very significant changes that all parents should know about. Are smart phones good for teens? Or are they causing significant problems? Here’s some good news!  The number of fatalities by car accidents involving teen drivers has dropped in half from 2005 … Read more…

Why you aren’t taking action

You know what you want: a better career, a cleaner house, to set boundaries with the kids or make more money. So why is change so hard? Before you can make a change, you’ve got to see what’s keeping you stuck. What keeps you stuck is your thoughts. Your thoughts dictate your feelings and your feelings dictate … Read more…

New Year, New You

Let’s make 2018 your best year yet! You’ve been pretty growth oriented up until now. All through childhood and your twenties, you learned A LOT, you grew mentally, emotionally and physically. You took risks, tried new things, created, accomplished and focused on creating an exciting future.  Now your life is very full. Raising kids is … Read more…

Don’t forget to give back, TO YOURSELF, this holiday season

You’ve heard the saying “It is in giving, that we receive” and I know you get this. You live it every day. You work hard so your kids are fed, clothed, clean, kind, warm, educated and happy. At the end of the day, you get to feel satisfied in a job well done and valued … Read more…