Launching Hope… Let’s Stop Raising Kids and Start Launching Adults

Parents, have you wondered why it’s taking teens so long to grow up? Did you know within the last 30 years, the the number of young adults in their twenties, who are moving back home with their parents, has doubled?!!! Did you also know that teenagers and young adults over the past 30 years have been experiencing an increasing level of distress and a decreasing level of success? What’s going on? Well an easy excuse is the poor economy, which a lot of folks have relied on. However, it is Hal Runkel’s belief, founder of the ScreamFree Institute, that we’ve continued to raise “kids” but have forgotten to raise and […] Read more »

Back To School…What Teachers Want Parents To Know

I can’t believe that summer is almost over! I remember when my children were younger we tried to pack the summer with fun activities while allowing for slow summer days…and none of us were ever truly ready for summer to end. I also remember joking with my Mom friends and asking them if they were ready to go back to school…because the reality was although we weren’t really going back to school with our kids, there were times it certainly felt like it. I have a lot of insight now, both as a Mom and in my professional work with families, about the joys and frustrations that school can bring. […] Read more »

Opportunity to Learn from Experience

In the end, it’s not what you do for your children…but what you’ve taught them to do for themselves. ~Ann Landers Do you like to suffer? I know I don’t! Some people view suffering as part of life and others believe that suffering is an option. A few years ago, I read a definition of suffering that has really stuck with me. It stated that “The definition of suffering is wanting things to be different than they are”. Isn’t that true? Think back to the last time you suffered over someone or something. Did you want the person or situation to be different than it was? When we’re able to […] Read more »

Kids And The Great Outdoors… A Natural Fit

Have you noticed how busy our lives have become and how disconnected we’re feeling with each other and nature. We often yearn for simpler times, perhaps remembering our own childhood, when we’d spend many afternoons outside connecting with nature and allowing our imaginations to entertain us for hours. As a play therapist, I often recommend turning off the digital devices and encouraging free play for both kids and their parents. Recent studies are showing a correlation between the decrease in free playtime for children, and an increase in the rate of childhood anxiety and depression. Part of the reason given, is that children feel less in control of their own […] Read more »

Dr. Shefali Tsabary Shares Her Thoughts About Conscious Parenting on Wholehearted Parenting Radio

You definitely won’t want to miss my conversation today with Dr. Shefali Tsabury, the author of a wonderful book entitled “The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves…Empowering Our Children”. Shefali is a clinical psychologist, author and TED talk speaker. Eckhart Tolle praises Dr. Tsabury’s book stating “that this invaluable book shows how the challenges of parenting can become a great opportunity for spiritual awakening. He goes on to say that “becoming a fully conscious parent is the greatest gift you can give to your child” We’ll explore…. Why behavioral strategies alone don’t work What it means to be a conscious parent Lessons that your child can teach you The ripple effect of […] Read more »

Date Nights are Not a Luxury, but a Neccessity!

Parents do you feel that most of your time is either spent with your kids or with your daily commitments, such as work? I remember those crazy busy days with our four kids! I’m also on the other side of parenting…now I’m the parent of adult kids. The one thing that I do know for sure is that time goes quickly, and it’s so easy to let our relationships with our spouse or partner, sit on the back burner. I see this happen quite often with parents that I work with. They don’t intend to let this happen but it does. One of my homework assignments that I give to […] Read more »

Creativity Creates Family Connection

Summer is soon approaching and families will be spending lots of time together! Summer has always been a reminder for me to slow down, especially as the temperatures rise. Slowing down seems to be a thing of the past with our fast pace lives that we live. Summers of long ago offered lots of free time for kids to use their imagination and creativity. I recently read a study that children have half as much free time now than they did 30 years ago. Children seemed to be so overscheduled now, that I often wonder if there is even time to allow and encourage creativity. Spending slower summer days with […] Read more »

Childhood Memories

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou I was saddened to hear of Maya Angelou’s passing…she has been a beautiful gift, not only to women, but to the world. I love so many of her quotes, but this one touches my heart every time I read her words. I actually use her quote at the end of my ScreamFree Parenting Classes. Parents have expressed that they too have been touched by her words, and are reminded to be mindful about how their actions relate to their child’s feelings. It is […] Read more »

Nurturing And Healing Our Own Inner Child

When we begin our parenting journey, we know that we want to be the best parent for our children, right? But often we parent our children as we were parented, or choose to parent 180 degrees opposite the way we were parented. Either way, we bring our own childhood along with us, into our parenting journey, if we’re not aware. To be a conscious or mindful parent, means that we dig deep and look at our own childhood issues, any fear or pain that we may be holding onto it. Our own inner child needs to be nurtured and loved, just as our children do. But it is critical that […] Read more »

Happy Mother’s Day

I love being a Mom! Although my kids are grown and are now creating their own lives and families, I treasure our time together and miss the days when they were underfoot and I was knee deep in motherhood. I also remember being exhausted at times and wondering how I was going to get through the day! I was thinking that if we could freeze the sweet moments, the ones when all is right with our children and family, and then fast forward through the tougher times, how much simpler motherhood would be…and perhaps if we could do that, we’d love every minute of motherhood. But of course, that’s not […] Read more »

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