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Shifting From What Was to What Is and What Will Become

Shifting From What Was to What Is and What Will Become

To:  Writing Community and friends, From: Judy H. Wright—please help me spread the word We are all shifting from what was to what is and to what will become. Resiliency is the ability to overcome adversity, discouragement, disappointment and trauma as well as daily stress.  There is strong scientific research that building resiliency is a […]

How to Become Resilient- Be a Bounce Back Person

How to Become Resilient- Be a Bounce Back Person

SNAP! That is the sound of a rubber band that has been stretched to its limits and then springs back into shape.  The description of a resilient and bounce back person is one that is able to overcome or learn from adversity or challenges in life. We all have disappointments, setbacks and failures in our […]

The Importance of the Family Day Out

The Importance of the Family Day Out

The Importance of the Family Day Out   If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that family life can be very stressful. From the school run to finding activities over summer holidays, family life can be non-stop. And that’s exactly why it’s so important to find ways to wind down, de-stress, and […]

Help Kids be Problem Solvers

Help Kids be Problem Solvers

If you want your kids to be problem solvers, you have to let them solve their own problems, as much as possible.Empower them to find solutions.  Your job is to help them to help themselves. Focus Attention on the Learning Experience When parents and other caregivers focus only on the finished products, it does not […]

Stability and Balance in Life-Bounce Back People

Stability and Balance in Life-Bounce Back People

Equilibrium and Stability Homeostasis is a fancy word that means “a state of equilibrium or a tendency to reach balance, within a cell or organism.” It is what you do when you evolve, grow or develop into what you were designed and born to do. Physically, when it is cold you shiver to bring your […]

Stages and Seasons of a Balanced Life

Stages and Seasons of a Balanced Life

Balancing Stages and Segments What is a balance, anyway? This is such an elusive concept, because it is different for each person. What is a well-balanced diet for one person is not necessarily what is right for everyone. What is a balanced life is different for a young mother than for a mid-life executive. There […]

Family of Friends Gather to Share

Family of Friends Gather to Share

Family of Friends I have a group of women friends who join together at least every two weeks for a Sacred Journey. We study inspirational books and have lively discussions, but we also support one another in tragedy and triumph. This is a family of friends that I have selected.  My husband has a family of friends that goes […]

Soothing Techniques For Self-Care

Soothing Techniques For Self-Care

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. If you have been a parent, you will remember the methods you developed to sooth a fretful baby or toddler.  You knew what worked and what would just make the child […]

What Makes a Family?

What Makes a Family?

To be a biological parent requires a single act of sex, or even a test tube or petri dish.  A joining of sperm and egg does not a family make.  How you were created is less important than how you were nurtured. Parents and mentors come in all sizes, ages, sexual orientation and skills.  Many children I […]

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 […]