Parent stress: Can’t we make it less stressful?

In part one of this series, I wrote that most of the stress we feel doesn’t come from real-life events. If you haven’t read that post, I encourage you to do so before continuing below. You can also watch a video that covers part one of this series and what I’m...

Parenting is stressful — but not for the reasons you’d guess

All parents sometimes experience stress. Regardless of our family size or composition. No matter whether we’re working at home or away from home. For married parents and single parents too. Despite our differences, we all experience stress. While the degree of stress...

When children don’t respect boundaries

Ever set a boundary with your child — “Use a quiet voice so your brother can sleep?” or “Screens go off in 5 minutes.” — only to have your child do precisely what you’ve asked them not to do? 372 times a day this happens,...

Have happier holidays with your family

As much as I personally love the December holidays, they tend to be super stressful for lots of families. With the stress, the connections that we’re craving don’t happen as easily or as often. . . and our holidays may feel quite blue. When I look at the stressed and...

Saying “No” to your child? Three Things to Remember

“No” is an important word for our young children to hear and accept when it is used to help create safe spaces for them and promote healthy relationships with others. Offered in a mindful way by adults, “no” communicates boundaries and helps...
No more tantrums

No more tantrums

A child is screaming, crying, and raging, making their emotional distress visible, audible, and sometimes even tangible for anyone within reach. We’ve all been there — either as a child, as a parent, or as an uncomfortable bystander. The common terms for...