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Kids Out of Control

When All Hell Breaks Loose – Emailing with a Parent

Hi Kimberly, We really enjoyed the parenting workshop last weekend. We tried the family meeting and are more aware of our reactivity and emotions. We realized we ask things of our kids that we’re not modeling ourselves. We’re working on verbalizing our feelings as a healthy habit for ourselves but also for our kids. Overall,

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Kimberly Parent Coaching

What Parenting is Really About – a short surprising list

Last Saturday 18 fearless parents gave up their Saturday morning to talk about the power, potential and problem when parenting from reactivity. Here are my takeaways from the first Parenting You workshop Parenting is deep, profound, courageous, vulnerable relationship work. There’s no one script or how-to parenting book you can follow. Parenting is about connection, connection, connection and

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Boy Alone on Mobile Phone

Courage, Vulnerability and Parenting…

“You don’t understand.” “What is it? What’s wrong?” Terry’s 14-year-old son, Andre, is refusing to go to school. Terry is frantic with worry and frustration. “I’ve tried everything. Screaming, threatening, blackmail, standing over him every morning and ripping the sheets off his bed. It makes me feel like I’m a bad mother. If I was

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Flower with Bee

Feelings Support Parent Leadership

Justine and her boys burrow together on the sofa watching Pirates of the Caribbean. When she stands, Jacob whines and Justine feels a flash of annoyance. Immediately she sits down, telling herself a “good mother” stays with her children even when she doesn’t want to. An hour later when it’s time for bed, the boys

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Parenting Digging In

Parenting is an Invitation to Dig In

Parenting is such boots-on-the-ground work. There’s just no way around what needs to get done each day. Yet you keep showing up. You have to. As the saying goes, what doesn’t break you makes you stronger. But parenting can’t just be work and sacrifice. It’s why so many parents get frustrated at their kids, “Look

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Brick Wall

Noticing Busyness

Last night in the parent group, we talked about Busyness being a guard. It got me thinking about pond skaters, the water bug that glides, skips and skates on pond surfaces. Busyness is like pond skating. It keeps us from stopping in place, from staying put, from being present. We’re constantly moving to stay afloat.

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Women Talking and Laughing

Noticing People Talking

Overhearing snatches of conversation I look up and see two men talking at a nearby table. I guess they’re new acquaintances. Two women embrace by the window. “You look great” one says to the other. They settle into an easy conversation, where the men seem reserved but relaxed. There is a balancing act that happens

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Sea Shell on Beach

In a Near Perfect World

In a near perfect world we would be family. We would not hate or fear, or intentionally hurt one another. We would feel safe in our towns, homes, schools and skin. There would be no denunciation or blocking of difference. We would enjoy eccentricity and promote creativity. We would see need and act. Truth, trust

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Padlock on Wood Door

Auto-Parenting is Throwing Life Away

Auto-parenting is hugely threatening to the parent-child relationship. When we parent unconsciously, we turn off our power to engage with our child and with our self. Did you know more than 40% of everyday living happens in auto-pilot, which means almost half our life, our interactions with others and our self is done without thinking

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