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Raising Respectful Sons in the digital age

I held off as long as I could. When boys came over to play, screens went off.  I wanted to see boys running, jumping and climbing.  I loved to listen to their inventions and creativity.  I would rather have them make a mess or dive off my stairs, then see those precious faces zoned out in … Read more…

The power of scarcity

Do you ever try to relax but your brain won’t let you? Thoughts keep firing in a dozen different directions, none of them helpful? One of the reasons my clients feel so calm and focused after a coaching session is they learn the process of controlling their mind. Instead of being a passenger in an … Read more…

Are you TOO NICE?

Many parenting classes and books teach parents how to be more empathic but for some of us, that’s the easy part. We love the cuddling, the sympathetic listening, and the intimate bonding that comes with parenting our precious cutie pies. But being too nice isn’t good for anybody. Nice parents will put everyone else’s needs … Read more…

Sometimes you just need to hear it….

I was feeling resentful and under-appreciated.  My husband went out of town and I felt stuck in the daily grind of dishes, laundry, cooking, driving and homework.  Even the holidays just looked like more chores on my to-do list.  I was busy but bored.  Normally I can coach myself out these moods, take some time to myself, go … Read more…

How to Help Your Friends & Loved Ones (without losing yourself)

I’m sure you’ve all experienced “help” from your loved ones. Well meaning advice that starts with “What you need to do is……” or the pleading words from parents, “Honey, I’m worried about you….” It can be really hard to watch our child, our friend or a loved one suffering unnecessarily. Often, we can see things … Read more…

Listening to your instincts

Should I let my 9 year old stay home by herself? Should I let my daughter hang out downtown? When should I let my son ride his bike to a friends house? Parenting is full of questions and decisions that don’t have an obvious answer. We usually look to see what everyone else is doing but … Read more…

Don’t Sell your Soul to the PTA

The requests are starting to pour in……“Only a few hours of your time….” “The auction committee is looking for……” “The kids won’t be able to go to Science camp unless we fundraise…….” Volunteering at your child’s school can help you feel connected and purposeful, or it can suck the life out of you and still … Read more…

Stregthen your spirit with one simple step

Do you know that weird state after a party when it goes from loud, boisterous & full of energy, to suddenly still & quiet?   My summer camp girls have just left and the air in my house is full of that electricity.  I’m eager to see what the girls wrote on their evaluations of the … Read more…

Why is it so hard to talk to kids about sex?

So many parents WANT to talk to their kids about puberty, sexuality, love and intimacy. We want our kids to come to us with problems, concerns, and questions and to respond to them honestly about such an important topic. So why is it so hard? It’s hard because it is REALLY important. It’s hard because … Read more…