What "Hunger Games" has to say about what kids need

The heroine of Hunger Games gave me a taste of seeing a young girl admired for all the right reasons. For her courage, her resilience and honesty. Katniss could of easily took the money, sucked up all the attention and luxury that the Capitol had to offer, but we knew she wouldn’t. Yet she’s not... Read more »

The Anti-New Years Resolution: Pick just one word

The Anti-New Years Resolution: Pick just one word
Do you have a hankering to make some changes but have not found a way to phrase it to yourself in an inviting, upbeat way? Something like “I’m a horrible Mother- I got to stop yelling nightly” isn’t helpful. Why? Because if it were that easy, you’d do it. Plus, beating yourself up with negative... Read more »

Quirky jaw-dropping assists

Let’s call it grace: swift and life changing. Unexpected and yet..perfectly right. What a Visual I was working with a small group of painfully shy 3rd graders. With a innocent smile on her face, one little girl turned to the other and said ” It’s OK-just picture that they are wearing your underwear.” She had... Read more »
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5 things to do when your child is still struggling to adjust to school.

It’s October-are we having fun yet?  Seriously, it is hard to see  our kids suffer. For most kids this is a passing thing, not a year-long struggle.  Here are 5 few quick tips that could turn the tide at your house. 1. Don’t dismiss your child’s concerns. Fear and anger loom larger if they are... Read more »

Back to School: Let's dance!

I once helped plan a community party and was amazed by the results. Everyone’s clothes stayed on but there was a definite air of abandon in the normally muted crowd. Mainly it was the women-they were funny and alive with possibilities. I was way puzzled until I realized that the kids had just gone back... Read more »

The Homework Battle begins:How can it be different this year?

The Homework Battle begins:How can it be different this year?
Are you steeling yourself to enter into the thick of it again?  Sending family members to their respective stations in fear of a long siege, homework struggles can really suck the joy out of your home. Few aspects of parenting are more draining to your energy than than the nightly homework battle. Forgive me if this sounds... Read more »
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