Stress occurs in all sorts of ways throughout our lives, and helping you child learn to successfully navigate stress is key to feeling good and accomplishing what they want in the world.
In parenting, it takes a village. Abandon the idea of independence, and embrace a model of interdependence – it turns out this is better for our kids anyway.
Despite our best intentions and visions of the parents we want to be, we all sometimes get triggered when parenting. And yet, it is worth learning to 'self-regulate,' both for your child's sake and your own.
There is so much emphasis on being loved in our culture, that we often forget about the power of doing loving acts – and that being loving and kind is often the best way to feel love.
A collaborative family gift-making session is a special way to spend time, connect, make lasting memories and more.
Setting limits may seem like a drag, but it is an essential part of parenting. Here are some ways to set limits more effectively.
The bitter feelings that arise from failure and disappointment are some of the most difficult for our children – and all people – to deal with. Help them meet these experiences with a growth mindset from the get go.
The holiday season is a cultural time of letting go of normal limits and boundaries. On the one hand, this can be a pleasurable release valve. On the other hand, routines and limits help us feel safe and in control. How to get the balance right?
Lots of research backs up the notion that kids perform better when we expect more of them... except when we expect too much. Here's how the get the balance right.
Our bodies react to stress and trauma on a preverbal level, influencing heart rate, tensions, digestion, and more. This post is about how to counteract the stress with deep attunement with your child.
Kids learn best when they reach flow – a state of deep immersion and engagement in their work or project. The good news is, you can create the conditions for flow at home.
In times of challenge and turbulence, whether personal or global, strengthening your emotional resiliency system is at least as important as strengthening your body's immune system.
Digital technology has many benefits, as well as many potential negative effects for children's well-being. Engage your child in proactively managing screens.
In addition to school subjects, your child is also learning about themselves as a learner. Help them develop academic confidence and a growth mentality.
Parents also need a positive internal narrative. Even if you believe this logically, you may meet a some resistance from yourself as you try to create a more loving internal narrative. Here are a few ideas to help.
Knowing and acting upon our values is good for us in many ways. Empower your kiddo by helping them bring one of their values to life.
Your child will learn best if you partner with their teacher to reinforce their learning at home. Read on for strategies.
Parenting is a marathon under the best of circumstances, but the past five months have been and ultra mega endurance challenge. And guess what - you're still here! Take a moment to rest and give yourself credit.
Want a great boost in feelings of contentment, competence, and connection? Do a social giving project with your kiddo!
As parents, we are helping to shape the future. To make our country and the world more just and begin to repair the effects of past inequalities, you can start by building anti-racism in your own family.
Life doesn't always go according to plan. But there's no need to wallow in regret - we can help our kiddos process these curveballs and bounce back.
Autonomy – the desire to make decisions for oneself – is one of the fundamental human motivations. Do you allow your child enough?
Rituals can be a way to mark the passage of time and set intentions together as a family. The fun part? You can make up rituals to suit yourselves!
Being authentic – acting in accordance with your own thoughts, emotions, and values – has many proven benefits for well-being. How do we support our kids in knowing and showing their authenticity?
Every activity we do impacts the way we feel. Structure your family's day to achieve balance and wellbeing.
As a parent it's natural to want to shield your child from all the sad and painful realities of the world. But ultimately it's best to make space for difficult conversations with your child.
As a parent, you are responsible for something extremely precious that you do not control - the recipe for stress! Learn how to let go while building connection.
Summer is great time for kids to explore the natural world and practice the scientific method at the same time.
Our culture puts most of the focus on do-ing, but be-ing with our kids is essential for their, and our, mental health.
As parents we naturally worry about our kids and problems we see. But focusing on their strengths can be more productive.
Strength-spotting is a great way to approach our kids, and it's also a great way to approach yourself!
Everybody has days when we're overwhelmed and can't be the parents we want to be. How to make the best of those bad days?
Borrow from the worlds of work, sports, and summer camps about how to instill a highly functional culture of teamwork in your family.
A growth mindset in social relationships helps your child approach interpersonal interactions with more flexibility and resilience.
You may be pleasantly shocked to learn that now, in early elementary school, your kiddo can actually take over some of their own time-keeping and routine-following.
Besides being lots of fun, fantasy and dress up have important cognitive and emotional benefits for our kiddos, and deserve your full encouragement!
Children have a much less developed sense of the future, and thus short-term benefits carry even more weight for them than adults. So how can we strengthen their resolve to take on difficult topics and tasks, such as homework?
It's a great time of year to prioritize literacy. Here are some ways you can help as a parent.
Gratitude has been proven to make people healthier and happier – read on for ways to build this practice with your child.
While consumerism often takes center stage at this time, it diminishes joy for children. There are things your kiddo will appreciate much more than toys!
Childhood can be a particularly fearful time. Help your child express, manage, and overcome their fears.
Receiving love and affirmation from the outside feels wonderful and is necessary. But it is ultimately even more powerful to develop a loving internal narrative.
Your child isn't going to gel with every teacher, but they can learn important social lessons about how to navigate a system and deal with authority figures.
The most important factor in determining health and happiness over the lifespan is relationships. And what is the one essential quality that binds and holds relationships together? It is empathy.
At this age, fitting into a peer group is more important than ever. Find out how to support your kiddo in reconnecting with friends and finding their place socially.
For many parents, school vacations feel like a time to "get through." But it is possible to truly appreciate the long stretches of time with your children, in the moment as they're happening.
Anxiety is at epidemic proportions for adults these days, and parenting can often add to the list of worries. Read on for ways to lighten your load of anxiety.
There are lots opinions out there about how we should parent, but knowing your own values will make so many parenting decisions easier on a daily basis.
Gratitude has great benefits for parents as well as kids. So why aren't all of us committed to a gratitude practice yet? As it turns out, there are some very real impediments to feeling gratitude.
Before diving headlong into the fall routine, ask yourself what *you* want for this year.
Math is often siloed to a class at school. But parents can do a lot to support your child's math skills at home, and your child will benefit greatly.