Your Parenting On Purpose Toolbox

A blog can be a tool that works much like a diary. When I'm inspired or when I feel I have something to get off my chest, when it's from my heart I write it here for you to find.

Feel free to browse or find what you need in the categories in the right-hand column.  I hope my musings are helpful, and by all means: COMMENT. I'm always open to feedback.

One Simple Change To Find More Moments To Be Grateful For intentional parenting parenting tips role model Nov 26, 2021

Have you ever noticed that when you have a list of 25 things to do, and you knock out 20, your brain still focuses on the 5 that you didn’t do?  You can blame your ancestors for that!  Your brain is wired to put more emphasis on negative experiences than positive ones.  It’s how our caveman ancestors survived and our brains evolved.  It’s called the Negativity Bias.

That’s...

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Intentionally Making Time For What Matters Most intentional parenting raising kids role model Nov 18, 2021

As we are now into the season of gratitude, what are you most grateful for?  I know that when I stop and take stock, I’m usually most grateful for those small moments of connection with my loved ones — the moments talking before bed, the random hug in the middle of the day.  The question is how present are you for these moments?

Are you able to enjoy them, or is your mind occupied with lists of...

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Imperfect Parenting and Managing the Endless Lists of "Shoulds" intentional parenting parenting tips Nov 11, 2021

Do you keep running lists of all the things that you think you should be doing?  You know, that list in your head about all the “right” ways to do things.  The list of things that you think you need to do to finally be a good parent, spouse, partner, friend, daughter, employee, or more.

The list might cover exactly how you should feed your child (maybe all homemade food with a certain amount of...

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#1 Tip for Getting Kids to Talk emotional management intentional parenting parenting tips raising kids Nov 09, 2021

Do you feel like you’re in the dark about what’s going on in your child’s life?  Do you find yourself asking lots of questions to try to connect more and keep up to date on where they’re at and how they’re doing?  I know that’s my first instinct!  How was school?  What did you do? Is everything okay? What happened?  Did you get all of your homework done?...

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Help Your Kids Listen and Behave Better helping kids listen intentional parenting kid's misbehavior parenting tips Nov 03, 2021

What if I told you that there was one simple thing that you could do to help your child listen and behave better?  Because there actually is one thing that you can do, and the answer is likely to surprise you.  The one thing that you can do is to acknowledge how your child is feeling when they misbehave or are expressing negative feelings.

I know that doesn’t sound right.  When our kids express...

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Communication Tip for Littles, Helping Your Toddler to Listen helping kids listen parenting tips Oct 26, 2021

Have you ever noticed how much you tell your kids NOT to do something?  Don’t run in the house, don't sit on the table, don’t spill your drink, stop hitting the dog — the list seems really long some days!  If you are like most parents, you’ll find your kids don’t listen the first time and your volume and blood pressure continue to rise as you repeat yourself.

There is...

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Love Your Kids for Who They ARE intentional parenting Oct 11, 2021

As a parent, do you have lots of thoughts and opinions about your child? I know that I do — How they should behave, what activities might be good for them, what classes they should take in school, what friends they should spend more or less time with, and more? 

We have the best intentions as parents.  We spend years guiding our children based on what we think is best, because we truly want the...

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The #1 Parenting Skill to Develop emotional intelligence emotional management intentional parenting parenting tips Oct 07, 2021

Do you wish there was a golden key to make parenting easier?

I have to admit, I worked on trying to be a better parent for years.  In my search for the golden key, I read books, I observed and talked to other parents and some experts and although I would see some changes in some areas, I would still struggle in others.

At the time, I was also running and growing a company.  Being a mom, wife and working...

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Intentionally Teaching Your Kids to Think brain development in children intentional parenting kid's developing brains parenting tips teaching kids to think Oct 01, 2021

When your child asks you for something, do you quickly figure out in your head if it’s a good idea or not and then say yes or no?  I get that there are times when a quick response is needed, but if you have the time or can make the time — kids asking for permission to do something provides a great opportunity to connect with them and help develop their thinking brain.

In a recent article, I wrote about...

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Brain Under Construction - What Your Child's Misbehavior Is Telling You brain development in children intentional parenting kid's developing brains kid's misbehavior parenting tips temper tantrums Sep 23, 2021

Do you get triggered when your child misbehaves?  I know that I often did when my children were little.  In my mind, they always seemed to pick the worst times to not listen and not do what they were “supposed” to.  That’s when I would go into command and demand mode.

Unfortunately, at the time I didn’t know how my children’s brains were developing and what their misbehavior...

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How Intentional Parents become Positive Role Models for their Kids confident kids intentional parenting parenting tips raising kids role model Sep 17, 2021

Have you ever stopped to think about the characteristics that you want to develop in your child?  The type of adult that you want them to grow into?  How you want them to think about themselves and treat others?

Many parents say that they want their children to be confident, to be kind…  but I’m not sure they put much thought into it beyond that.

This came up recently in a coaching session...

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Taming the Negative Self-Talk Monster Sep 07, 2021

Do you hear your child put themselves down or talk negatively to themselves?  This is a concern that I hear from parents often, and it came up in a recent parent coaching session where the Mom was noticing that her son was extremely critical of himself.  She is concerned and wondering if there is anything that she can do to help.  The answer is yes, there are things you can do to intentionally teach your...

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