• Connection Parenting,  Parenting

    Why WAIT for this…

    Kerri is a mother of two beautiful children. She is a fun loving mom who cares deeply about her family and raising children who are strong, confident and caring. She takes great pride in the health of her family and buys only organic produce and mostly non-processed foods. Both of the children see a holistic pediatrician for wellness and attend weekly yoga classes. She is very active on the school PTO and in school activities. She is truly a conscious parent when it comes to the physical well-being of her children. She came to me because her children were having some behavior issues and she was seeking conscious parenting tools…

  • Family
    Parenting

    Adventures at Kumon

    This week has been filled with so many teachable moments that I wasn’t sure where to start. So, I decided to share one of the highlights from our rainy Thursday afternoon. My 6 year old daughter loves to read. She has been asking about a reading center in town where she can get extra support. She REALLY wants to read “chapter books.” After some consideration, I decided to check it out. We arrive at the center, she goes in for testing and everything went as planned. Half hour later they call my son and I back to the testing area so I could speak with the instructor. At this point,…

  • Parenting

    Why Your ‘WHY?’ matters

    “Why do I have to put the dishes in the dishwasher?” “Why do I have to take a bath?” “Why do I have to be home at curfew?” The list goes on and on… If you have a child, you get it. Your child is constantly asking you “Why?” as they navigate and figure out the world around them. Now, on the flipside, have you ever asked yourself “Why?” “Why do I ask my kids to pick up toys before dinner?” “Why did I buy that new car?” “Why do I yell when my kids don’t listen?” Have you ever thought about your “WHY?” What if I told you it’s…

  • Kids
    Parenting

    The Greatest Tool You Can Give Your Child…

    The year was 1995. Time magazine published the October issue with the following question on the cover, “What’s Your EQ?” So…what is EQ and why are we talking about it decades later? EQ is the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions and hold awareness and understanding for the emotions of others. EQ or emotional intelligence is the seed of all learning. It establishes our ability to interact, how we relate and our willingness to give and receive love. Teaching ourselves and our children EQ has immense benefits and perhaps it is why so many studies have shown Emotional Intelligence to be a more accurate determination of future success than I.Q. Here’s…

  • Book
    Parenting

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas

    WISHING YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS Hanukkah is over and Christmas is only 3 days away. As you gather with family and friends this season, I would like to wish you and yours a joyous Christmas filled with love and laughter. It has been an honor to serve and meet so many new families this year. There truly is a shift happening around the world. Parents are stepping up and saying ‘NO’ to the old dominant paradigm of parenting. They are moving away from control and into understanding and love. The holidays are a great time to be reminded that we have a choice of how we want to parent. We can choose…

  • heart
    Parenting

    Keep your holidays stress-free

    Last month kicked off the season of gratitude here in America with Thanksgiving. If you celebrated, I hope you enjoyed a wonderful time with family and friends. I love all the delicious food, family and festivities however sometimes all the extra activities can add to the stress. Now that we are into December the momentum and stress of holiday season speeds up. I wanted to share some tips for keeping the season stress-free. 1.) Plan. Have a family meeting and discuss where and when you plan to travel or attend festivities. Talk about which parent will attend the Christmas pageant if one parent cannot attend. Make an action plan for…

  • Parenting

    The Value of an Adventure

    So, I’ve been thinking about this lately, really, “What does the value of an Adventure mean to me?” I recently watched an interview with Chris Guillebeau regarding his new book, The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose To Your Life. From the interview I really felt compelled to explore this concept. And explore it with my kids. I have not read his book yet, but I certainly plan on it. The interview was filled with so much awesomeness I had to explore it immediately. First, what is an Adventure? Wikipedia describes an Adventure as an exciting or unusual experience. In the interview Chris explains how smaller…

  • Holding Hands
    Parenting

    How to Shift your Child’s Behavior

    A few weeks ago my 5 year old and I decided to head to the beach… The weather was good so we were going to ride our bikes. I packed beach toys, sand buckets, drinks, and a lunch. I had the bike wagon loaded up and we were almost ready to head out. Just then I turned around to see my daughter standing in the doorway wearing a pink dress-up costume, dress-up jewelry and pink plastic fuzzy dress-up slippers? Really? She knew we were heading to the beach. I wanted to scream. I was not ready to deal with the challenge of getting her to change. Then again what choice did I have? How…