Words Carry Weight

When it comes to our language, what we say and how we say it are both important. When we speak from a reactionary place, with fear, anxiety and/or negativity, our children absorb those emotions. If we regularly react to our child’s curiosity – such as looking at something breakable or picking up something that might…

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Live Moment to Moment

In speaking with one of my clients, I was reminded that every day and every moment of the day is a new moment, and a bulb went off in my head. This is something I practice in my life right now, but that wasn’t always the case. Years ago, I held onto situations in my…

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Autonomy for All Ages

Many times we get caught up in what our children are doing, or not doing, and forget to take a deep breath. One theme that consistently comes to light in my coaching practice is control. We try so hard, with good intentions, to control our children. When it comes to mealtime, we want them to…

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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 kids…

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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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