Research-based ideas for parents to connect and support your kids' development

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Get joy by giving to others

Want a great boost in feelings of contentment, competence, and connection? Do a social giving project with your kiddo!

Toward anti-racist parenting

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.

Making the best of Plan D

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.

Your child needs autonomy

Autonomy – the desire to make decisions for oneself – is one of the fundamental human motivations. Do you allow your child enough?

Mark the summer with family rituals

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!

Supporting your child's authenticity

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?

Structure your family's day for wellbeing

Every activity we do impacts the way we feel. Structure your family's day to achieve balance and wellbeing.

Great expectations for your child

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.

Give yourself credit

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.

Talking about the tough stuff

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.

Letting go in parenting

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.

Strengthening your resilience-system

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.

Explore the world with the scientific method

Summer is great time for kids to explore the natural world and practice the scientific method at the same time.

The joy of being present together

Our culture puts most of the focus on do-ing, but be-ing with our kids is essential for their, and our, mental health.

Look for strengths & you will find them

As parents we naturally worry about our kids and problems we see. But focusing on their strengths can be more productive.

Spotting your own strengths

Strength-spotting is a great way to approach our kids, and it's also a great way to approach yourself!

When your best isn't available

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?

Attune deeply to calm you and your child

Our bodies react to stress and trauma on a pre-verbal level, influencing heart rate, tensions, digestion, and more. Counteract the stress with deep attunement with your child.

Enhance your family-team dynamics

Borrow from the worlds of work, sports, and summer camps about how to instill a highly functional culture of teamwork in your family.

Use this time for FLOW

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.

A growth mindset helps in social relations too

A growth mindset in social relationships helps your child approach interpersonal interactions with more flexibility and resilience.

Recovering from failure and disappointment

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.

The many benefits of making gifts together

A collaborative family gift-making session is a special way to spend time, connect, make lasting memories and more.

Empower your kiddo to own their schedule

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.

Fantasy, dress-up & play-acting are good for kids

Besides being lots of fun, fantasy and dress up have important cognitive and emotional benefits for our kiddos, and deserve your full encouragement!

Getting your child to *want* to do homework

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?

Best practices to foster reading

It's a great time of year to prioritize literacy. Here are some ways you can help as a parent.

Is setting limits "mean"?

Setting limits may seem like a drag, but it is an essential part of parenting. Here are some ways to set limits more effectively.

What's so important about gratitude?

Gratitude has been proven to make people healthier and happier – read on for ways to build this practice with your child.

Focusing on true joy in the holidays

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!

Dealing with your child's fears

Childhood can be a particularly fearful time. Help your child express, manage, and overcome their fears.

Build self-esteem as a learner

In addition to school subjects, your child is also learning about themselves as a learner. Help them develop academic confidence and a growth mentality.

Love on the inside...

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.

What's the best way to navigate rules at school?

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.

Raising a kind kiddo

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.

The best gift for your child? Empathy.

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.

How's your child fitting in with peers?

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.

Connect with your kids on vacation

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.

Help your child bring their values to life

Knowing and acting upon our values is good for us in many ways. Help your kiddo bring one of their values to life.

How's Your Anxiety?

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.

Know your values in parenting

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.

What's getting in the way of your gratitude?

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.

What are *your* needs this school year?

Before diving headlong into the fall routine, ask yourself what *you* want for this year.

Protect your boundaries this holiday

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?

How can you support math at home?

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.

How kind are you to yourself?

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.

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