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Eggs in Frying Pan

How Parents Grow – On Vacation

The first rule of thumb when it comes to being a parent – nothing stays the same. Once you figured something out, you’re on to the next challenge. You can count it. The learning curve never ends, and that’s a good thing, even though it doesn’t always feel like it. Being challenged means, you get

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Boat on Lake

How Parents Grow – Staying Put

Staying Put is at first uncomfortable. It goes against our need to Do – Do – Do. Who do you listen to more – the need to stay busy or the invitation to stop moving? What exactly is staying put? To stay put means to park your mind for a few minutes when it wants

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Parenting and Isolation

How Parents Grow – Parenting & Isolation

I remember feeling isolated. Even though I had four kids and was never alone, I often felt apart from other adults, but mostly from myself. If I’m honest. The more I made my life about my kids the more isolated I felt. It’s pretty simple now to understand, but back then, it felt almost impossible

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Children in shelter

Caged Children – We Reap What We Sow

We live in a world where we put children in cages and wonder why mental illness is rampant. Brene Brown posted how her husband, a pediatrician, can translate a child’s crying. He says the cries of immigrant children separated from their parents is trauma response crying and is doing grave damage. In Denver today, a

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The Power of No

The Power of The Parent No

When talking to a parent the other day, we explored the power of No when it comes to parenting. No is easy. It limits possibility. It contains energy. No is sticking with what is known and comfortable. No is safer. It stops what’s happening in its tracks. Yes explodes energy. Yes takes you out of

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Your child needs you

10 Reasons Why Your Child Needs You

Your child needs you for the same reasons you needed your parents. These are my top 10. What are yours? 1.  Love 2.  Leadership 3.  Connection 4.  Safety 5.  Compassion 6.  Humor 7.  Trust 8.  Forgiveness 9.  Understanding 10.  Opportunity The daughter said to the Mom, “How am I like you?” “Well,” the mom said.

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Group of Motivated People

A Deeper Look at Motivation

Every time there’s a school shooting, I think about what happened 17 years ago when two teenage sons of friends killed two Dartmouth professors. It’s why I got (a) master’s in adolescent psychology and mental health counseling. How could this happen? I wanted to understand and I wanted to help, but mostly, I wanted not

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Kids Demand Leadership

Kids Demand Leadership

This past weekend, kids stood up in front of thousands of other kids and adults and said: “Enough is enough. Do something!” Their call to action is to we adults who are failing them. Kids today live in an upside down, chaotic, dangerous world. How are we protecting them? In response to their protest and

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Parenting Love

Dear Fearless Parent – Listening to Feelings

Dear Fearless Parent, Did you talk to your kids about the latest school shooting? If you haven’t, you should. You must. Surfacing thoughts and feelings about kids killing kids in school is important to mental and family health. Don’t assume your child is not affected. Be a listener, a witness, a validator of feelings. Family

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