Family

Nurturing Families like Growing Plants

Nurturing Families like Growing Plants

Just as nurturing and nursing a baby will help the physical body to grow and develop, so will nurturing the spirit. Part of your destiny includes helping others to reach theirs. You are the farmer and the gardener who will assist the family to develop their full potential. Affirming kind words and encouraging positive behavior can affect […]

Time Out for Adults

Time Out for Adults

“Get down from the table top right now! What are you doing? Floors are for standing on, tables are for eating. You need a time out, young lady. You go to your room and think about how you have been acting today.” So little Mary, 4, goes to her room with a sulky look on […]

Water! Water! Everywhere!

Water! Water! Everywhere!

What one word best sums up summer fun? Water. I bet your favorite memories as a child involved getting wet, running through sprinklers on a sweltering afternoon, water fights in the backyard, wading at the beach, playing on the slip & slide, and skipping rocks across the river. Your kids will relish the same experiences […]

What Are Reasonable Expectations Of A Child

What Are Reasonable Expectations Of A Child

To have reasonable expectations of our children is an important aspect of wise parenting. Reasonable expectations leave room for a child to be a child but understand they are on the road to learning to be a mature adult. Often I see parents who try to hold their children to a much higher standard than […]

Consistent Boundaries Make Discipline Easier

Consistent Boundaries Make Discipline Easier

 Homes should be run by parents, not children. So many times, however, either the children are in charge or the parents are so eager to be liked, that whatever rules and standards are talked about, few are enforced, especially on a consistent basis. Children, whether they are two or 18, feel more confident when […]

15 Ways to Help Kids Like Themselves

15 Ways to Help Kids Like Themselves

1. Tell me something you like about yourself? Help your child to focus on her many strengths. 2. Reinforce the positives. Give praise, recognition, a special privilege or increased responsibility for a job well done. 3. Define limits and rules clearly. A family council is an excellent place to discuss, explain and get a sense […]

Your Family is an Organization

Your Family is an Organization

It is good to remember a family is an organization. In fact, it is the basic organization of society. This is just one of the reasons I am such a proponent of family meetings. You wouldn’t think of running a successful business without a plan, goal setting meetings, team building sessions and clear missions and […]

Playful Parenting – More than Just Fun and Games

Playful Parenting – More than Just Fun and Games

Early childhood educators have called play “children’s work”. Many parents believe their children should be doing something more productive than merely having fun. But, actually, play fosters physical, emotional, intellectual and social development. Encouraging your child to play is vital for his development as well as his happiness. What is Play? The dictionary refers to […]

Keep your cool

Keep your cool

Know your limits. Accept what you can’t change and let go of things out of your control. Ease your tension. Take a walk; listen to music, splash cold water on your face. Earn small rewards when you make the choice not to become angry. Phone a friend. It helps to share your concerns and talk […]

Discipline without damage

Discipline without damage

If your parenting methods include abuse of any kind; physical, sexual, emotional or verbal, please get help to stop as soon as possible. Adults are supposed to safeguard and protect the young among us. You may be repeating patterns learned in your family of origin or not know any other methods of parenting. I have […]

Making Sense of It – Decide to Be Happy

Making Sense of It – Decide to Be Happy

How do we make sense of all the incongruities and inequalities of life? How do we understand how this innocent little child dies and this sexual pervert gets away to harm another and another? In times of despair, depression or ultimate happiness and joy, we hunger for more. We ache to understand how to understand. […]

Self Soothing Tool Kit

Self Soothing Tool Kit

As an empowerment coach and life educator, I teach families about the importance of self-soothing rituals and calming techniques for each member of the family. When you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed you can more easily relax by finding ways to be kind, gentle and comforting to yourself. By utilizing the five senses of feel, […]

Is There A Book Hiding Inside You?

Is There A Book Hiding Inside You?

Have you always wanted to write? Are there ideas churning in your mind waiting for just the right time to get them down on paper? Do you have a unique perspective on a subject or problem facing many people? Do you read a book or article and think, “I could write better than that?” Have […]

The Second Half of My Life

The Second Half of My Life

Have you ever wondered where destiny would lead you? Have you ever pondered whether the road you are taking would lead to fulfillment and happiness? Unlike so many of my friends and family, I have always had the sure knowledge of what was expected of me. It was under a shade tree surrounded by my […]

Assume Personal Responsibility?  Who me?

Assume Personal Responsibility? Who me?

As thinking, acting human beings we have the ability to choose our response to events, people and circumstances. We do not become responsible when we mature; we mature when we become responsible. Psychologists teach that the only reasons people are ever motivated or moved to action is to gain a reward or avoid a penalty. […]

Stress Management Techniques

Stress Management Techniques

Self-Care Strategies: Substantial breakfast daily Regular sleeping habits (minimum of 7 hours) No smoking Moderate use of alcohol, caffeine and other drugs Minimal intake of sugar & highly processed foods Maintenance of proper weight Regular exercise program Drink much more water than you usually do. Relaxation Techniques: Jog in place or do jumping jacks–count to […]

Optimistic Future for New Thinkers

Optimistic Future for New Thinkers

New thinkers, look to an optimistic viewpoint and future. Look at the situations in your life and make decisions about changing your attitude or dealing with it, if you can’t change the situation. Start by throwing out the “should” and replace with “prefer” and “choose.”

Two Faces of Social Media Users

Two Faces of Social Media Users

It is not uncommon for teens to have more that one FaceBook, Twitter, My Space or other social media account. Often they have one strictly for family and extended family and one that shows a completely different side of their personality.