Just for a day, put your kids first.

Lets do an experiment - Just for a day, put your kids before everything else.

Lets do an experiment. Just for a day, put your kids before everything else. Chose your kids before a clean house, before deadlines, before phone calls. Choose them. Put them first Say yes. Be there. I don’t mean that you should spend every second focused on your kids, or that you should plan lavish events, […]

How to Spend One on One Time With Your Kids

How to spend one on one time with your kids when you don't have any time!

‘One on one time’ – spending individual time with just one child, making time to connect, giving them personal attention, filling their cup – this is one of my best parenting tools, and one I find myself turning to again and again as my kids get older. When one of my kids is out of […]

Dealing with Night Terrors.

Dealing with night terrors - how to know your child is having one, possible triggers and remedies to try

“How do you deal with night terrors?” It’s a question I get asked a lot, and one I actually have a lot of experience with. Two out of my three big kids have had night terrors in the past, and it looks like my small one is prone to them too. I remember my first […]

There are More Ways to Communicate Than Just Talking.

There are more ways to communicate with our kids than just talking.

As my children grow up I am constantly reminded of how important communication is. Communicating with my kids helps me teach them and learn from them. It helps me to know what is going on in their lives and to share what is going on in mine. It helps us stay connected. Talking with my […]

A Mantra for Parents of Older Kids.

Now that my kids are getting older I need a new mantra to help me get through the rough patches...

When my kids were little I clung to the mantra – ‘this too shall pass’. As I sat between two crying babies wondering if they would ever sleep I replayed the phrase over and over in my head. This too shall pass. This too shall pass. This too shall pass. It was a wish, a […]

Collecting Now.

Collecting Now - it may seem like you are too busy to stop and live in the moment, but it is worth setting aside the shoulds for the now.

I am tired, so tired. I just need to stop for a moment. I just need to lay down for a minute, to take the weight of everything off my tired body and mind. It is just for a little bit. Just a minute or two on the couch while I try to muster the […]

Everybody Likes Different Things…

Everybody Likes Different Things - how a little made up song taught my kids something important.

Everybody likes different things… Everybody likes different things… Everybody likes different things and that’s oooookaaaaay! My kids roll their eyes as soon as I start singing my made-up song. I am sure one day their eye balls will pop right out of their heads and roll across the floor, but not today. Today they just […]

Easy Ways to Connect With Older Kids

Parenting 7-12 year olds - Easy Ways to Connect With Older Kids.

“Research shows that we need at least five positive interactions to each negative interaction to maintain a healthy, happy relationship that can weather the normal conflicts and upsets of daily life.” – Aha Parenting So much of positive guidance and parenting is grounded in having a strong positive connection with our kids, so this simple […]