You Do You

Last month I heard a phrase at a family wedding that really struck me. The phrase was You Do You. I have been thinking about this phrase ever since. Many times in our lives, we want things to go a certain way. We want our children to be this or that, or act in a…

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Children and The Art of Lying

  We need to talk to a child and listen to their point of view. Allowing them to express themselves by teaching and encouraging them to use their voice is very important. Every child needs to be heard and valued. The Art of Lying Why do children lie? I found myself pondering this when my…

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Relinquishing Control

As parents, sometimes we feel the need to control things that our children are doing, who they are playing with, what they are eating, and so on. There is a lot to be said for being mindful and aware of the controls that you try to exert over children and the reasons behind them. When…

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Fostering a Sense of Emotional Intelligence within Our Children

Emotional intelligence is a phrase that you hear everywhere these days. I believe that it is essential that children, and adults, know how to express and cope with their emotions. Emotional Intelligence: the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. When my kids were…

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Emphasizing Self-worth Within our Children

Growing up with a feeling of “value” and “self-worth” is important for all of our children. In my personal and professional experience, I have learned that many adults did not feel a sense of self-worth as children. What does this mean exactly, and how does this affect adulthood? Self-worth is something that comes from within.…

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Controlling Our Reactions

Emotions are a powerful force. Often times, we can take on the emotions of those around us and it can affect how we feel, behave, and react. It can cause us to want to try to control, fix, or change someone else’s feelings and attitudes. However, if we try to just control our own reactions…

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