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Why I Refuse To Compete As A Parent

Why I Refuse To Compete As A Parent

If parenting is judged on personal aesthetics, you know I am losing the battle.  You can tell by my outfit I am not competing.  If you look closer, you can tell by my behind I am completely out of the competition.  But it isn’t just about […]

Reduce Back To School Stress In 5 Simple Steps

Reduce Back To School Stress In 5 Simple Steps

Returning to school can be a trigger for many children, teens and even parents.  The flexibility of the summer gives way to the rigidity of the school year and with it comes an increase in anxiety, acute and chronic stress and depression.  Whether your child […]

5 Natural Ways To Establish Healthy Sleep Routines For Your Child

5 Natural Ways To Establish Healthy Sleep Routines For Your Child

  Sleep can elude the smallest of children.  Many parents struggle to maintain calm evenings in an attempt to give their little ones a restful sleep.  As a result, a time for relaxing and sweet dreams turns to nightmares for all involved.  Dear parents, don’t give up!  Developing […]

Maybe It Wouldn’t Be So Hard To Be A Modern Mom If…

Maybe It Wouldn’t Be So Hard To Be A Modern Mom If…

  Motherhood.  The topic I confess can be a bore.  It can be a subject of contention.  It can be a recipe for mayhem.  It can be the best of everything in your life.  It can make you feel as though you have lost whatever was left of […]

How The Arts Can Improve Your Child’s Emotional Health

How The Arts Can Improve Your Child’s Emotional Health

Tired from a night of intense practice, I sat on the dance floor with my friends and we laughed as we unwound the ribbons that curled around our small ankles.  As we pulled our feet from our broken pointe shoes and rolled back the thin layer of […]

The Truth Behind Moods And Foods 4 Kids (Q & A)

The Truth Behind Moods And Foods 4 Kids (Q & A)

What is the purpose of your blog? I am hoping to create a change in the conversation surrounding mental health especially for the sake of children.  I grew tired of the public discourse: anti-depressants or not? I didn’t see anyone writing about nutrition.  I didn’t see anyone […]

Why I Want My Kids To Fail

Why I Want My Kids To Fail

  Despite the best of intentions, modern parents are ushering their children by the droves into emotional mousetraps.  Caught between a parent’s own desire for enmeshment and rapidly shifting societal norms, children are left ill-equipped to navigate the spectrum of their own emotions.  The trends […]

10 Ways to Reward Children Without Food

10 Ways to Reward Children Without Food

  I will be the first to admit I reward my children with food on the occasion.  I love to find reasons to celebrate.  Ask my mother-in-law.  When she visits I find ways to spice up the day.  Anything and everything can be a reason.  […]

Why This Statement Will Change The Way You Parent

Why This Statement Will Change The Way You Parent

  Have any of your children ever made a mistake?  I don’t mean an I-accidently-stepped-on-the-dog mistake.  I mean a big, nasty mistake that left intense emotional repercussions.  A fallout you had to pick up and show them how to manage.  Maybe Susie hit her brother.  Maybe Timmy excluded a friend purposefully and […]

Bullying: The Who, What, When And Why

Bullying: The Who, What, When And Why

Bullying and its offshoot, cyberbullying are two terms, which carry heavy weight.  Since Columbine, Americans are quick to identify what is disproportionately normative behavior in childhood development as something sinister in its origins.  With the advent of social media, one phrase misplaced can create a tidal wave of […]