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...

Becoming a more mindful parent

One of the tools that supports our own personal growth as well as our smooth functioning as families is mindfulness. I spoke to researcher, author, and parent Josh Misner, PhD to learn more about how we can cultivate mindfulness in our lives and use it to enhance the...

Connect more easily with your child by changing the way you listen

As parents, we want to build and maintain strong relationships with our children. We want them to find us trustworthy and supportive, nurturing and wise, generous and attuned. One of the best tools we have for succeeding in these goals is our ability to listen to our...