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Discover the Hidden Power in Your Parenting

Discover the Hidden Power in Your Parenting
Parenting my kids is my greatest joy. But boy, it is tough sometimes. We are all working hard to make sure that our kids are healthy and happy. But the reality is that parenting can be a lot more challenging that most of us anticipated! As parents, we fret over making the right decisions, feel guilty over perceived mistakes and struggle to know whether we are making the right decisions (at least, I know this is true for me). These are some of the most common feelings parents have. Chicago mom and parenting coach (and my friend) Jill Hope of I Shine is offering Chicago parents some easy-to-implement tools to help them navigate their own parenting journey. Jill is offering a four-part workshop series called “How to Overcome Guilt, Worry and Self-Doubt by Discovering the Hidden Power in Your Parenting” to show Chicago parents that there are some very simple strategies they can use to take control of these feelings, reverse them, and feel confident about their parenting. This sounds pretty good, right? ...

Tips for parents looking to raise confident, empowered girls from Jill Hope of I Shine (go girls!)

Tips for parents looking to raise confident, empowered girls from Jill Hope of I Shine (go girls!)
Raising girls can be tricky business. As a mom of an almost nine-year-old, I am honestly totally dismayed by the ways that my daughter's social interactions with other girls are mirroring the same experiences that I had growing up.
Simply put -- girls seem to be encountering the same sort of social challenges at all stages of life-- whether they are nine or thirty-nine.
So how do we prepare our little girls to handle these challenging social situations? Jill Hope of I Shine Kids is a local Chicago mom and parenting coach who has created a series of innovative programs that teach parents how to foster self-esteem, build character and raise emotionally healthy, empowered kids.
I am an especially big fan of her Powerful Girl Within Program. Jill developed this program because many parents come to her asking for advice on how to help their daughters who are struggling with peer issues.
One day they have a friend, only to find that the next day they are left out. Many girls feel they have to be a certain way or look a certain way, and if they don't, they will lose the few friends they have. Does this sound familiar at all?
These dynamics develop as early as preschool or kindergarten. Yes, seriously. 
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GRASP Groups: Real Support for Real Moms

GRASP Groups: Real Support for Real Moms
When I first became a mother seven years ago, I couldn’t believe that none of the other mothers I knew (including my close friends and even my own mother) ever really spoke frankly to me about some of the more difficult and trying parts of motherhood — beginning with labor and delivery. I just had... Read more »
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Win a Free Six-Week Parent Coaching Session from SMRT

Update (1/18/11): SMRT has decided to postpone this event until the spring. Those of you who were interested in attending can visit www.smrtbrand.com for more information. Do you ever have any parenting questions? Let’s be honest – don’t we all have tons of questions about how to best care for the little people in our... Read more »