- Perhaps you are tired of walking on eggshells around your tween, teen or launching young adult?
- Maybe it's the disrespectful communication from your teen or teen drama, that triggers you?
- Or are you secretly afraid your child won’t make it as an adult?
Applying the 12 steps to my parenting helped me practice boundaries, communicate with integrity and ultimately BE loving and tolerant.
In times of great social change, we look for the things we can control. We may not be able to predict the future for ourselves or our teens, but we can control how we communicate. The way we communicate reveals what we value and how we value it. I longed to connect more deeply with […]
Dear Brave Ones: Of course, we’re scared. That means it’s the time to be gentle and compassionate with ourselves and others. Can you imagine how scared our kids are? Their routines have been disrupted and they miss their teachers and friends. They have less control over their lives than we do! We have a special […]
My own conscious parenting journey led me to clearly see that every time I tried to control my teens, it didn’t work and isolated us from each other. Conversely, every time I shared my heart, including my fears without defense, we grew closer and solved problems together. I learned the difference between attempts at parental […]
In the upcoming holiday hustle and bustle, it’s so easy to stress out and also stress our relationships. Let’s pause, breathe, center and reflect on our parenting purpose for a mindful holiday. Psychology says the purpose of parenting is to provide a healthy bond for the child and thereby, become the foundation to launch into […]
When my girls were little it was easy to soothe and comfort. My presence to meet their needs was “a given.” As their abilities grew, they took on more and more responsibility for their own care. When they became tweens and then teens, I tried to practice boundaries with them. They would remind me when […]
Life is hard. Becoming a responsible young adult is one of the hardest stages of life. As parents, communicating that we are supportive and present to help can go a long way to co-create mutually beneficial solutions together and lay the foundation for happy relationships. Unfortunately, most of us didn’t grow up with consciously communicating […]
Back to school preparations go beyond school clothes purchases and new backpacks filled with #2 pencils and spiral notebooks. Creating and supporting the habits of life-long learners is the best investment you can make in your child’s academic success. The Parent Institute, the U.S. Department of Education, and the non-profit, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) have […]
Stop that! Be quiet! Quit playing at the table and eat breakfast! Behave! Hurry up; you’ll be late! How many times do I have to tell you, get your backpack ready before you go to bed? It’s easy to slip. When we are rushed to school and work, we may find ourselves yelling these phrases […]
One of the hallmarks of conscious parenting is the tenet that our children are their own divine independent growing souls with their own agendas. They may need our love, guidance, support, and affirmation for their soul’s journeys; but they do not need our projections. That’s why we have to do our emotional work and be […]