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This is where I share weekly tools and strategies to help support you both as a parent, and in living your best life — so you can be an example of what's possible for your kids.

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

The first step to dealing with end of school year overwhelm May 27, 2024

Are you in the final countdown, caught up in all of the end of year activities as the school year winds down?

I just got back from a trip to South Carolina to celebrate our nephew’s graduation.  My sister-in-law was so excited and grateful to have everyone visiting, yet she couldn’t wait for it all to be over.  Staying on top of everything that needed to be done for her son, planning the...

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Five Tips For Traveling With Kids May 18, 2024

Memorial Day has arrived, kicking off summer and a time when many families take vacations together!  I don’t know about you, but I tended to go into a vacation thinking that I would unplug and unwind.  Unfortunately, what I typically imagined and reality were worlds apart.  I often returned feeling more exhausted and needing a break from my kids.

Taking vacations as a family was often more...

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Raising Emotionally Healthy & Resilient Kids May 12, 2024

What does raising an emotionally healthy child mean to you?  For many parents, it means raising kids that generally feel good and positive.  Unfortunately, this definition can have parents trying to protect their children from “negative” feelings and challenging situations and detract from their developing mental strength and resilience.

As a coach for parents of kids struggling with BIG Feelings,...

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A Mother's Gift May 06, 2024

Do you have someone in your life that you look up to when things are challenging or hard?  When you’re struggling, who do you turn to?  For me, that person has always been my Mom, and I am beyond grateful for her.  

My Mom is one of the strongest and most resilient women that I know.  Her life wasn’t easy growing up — she lost her father when she was two, she lost her brother...

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What happens when you get triggered Apr 28, 2024

Have you ever stopped to think about what happens when you get triggered or activated as a parent?  Usually, one of our kids does or says something that sets us off.  They behave in a way that we don’t like, and we escalate.  When that happens, what do you do?

I don’t know about you…  But for me, I know that my blood pressure would start to rise. I would start asking myself...

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The Difference Between Parenting Strategies & Skills Apr 21, 2024

When you are struggling through challenges with your kids, do you wonder what you should do?  Most parents come to me looking for strategies.  They want to know exactly what they should be doing to get their kids to listen, cooperate, or behave better.

If you read my articles or follow me on social media, you know that I share tips and strategies all the time.  But when I work directly with parents, we...

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The Power of High Five's Apr 14, 2024

Do you ever give your kids a High Five as a way to celebrate an achievement or encourage them to keep going?  The power of High Fives has been well documented in a number of studies, and since April 18th is National High Five Day, I wanted to highlight the power of this great tool you can use with your kids and yourself.

In a study titled “High Fives Motivate, published in Frontiers in...

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How I Stopped Yelling At Home Apr 07, 2024

Do you yell at home more often than you would like?  Life can be stressful, and when you're stressed and juggling lots of responsibilities it’s hard to remain patient and calm when your kids aren’t cooperating.

If you can relate, please know that you are not alone.  In full transparency, I used to yell quite often as my kids were growing up.  At the time, I was running and growing a...

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The first step to help kids through BIG feelings Mar 31, 2024

When your child is upset and experiencing big feelings, is your first instinct to logically talk them through the issue, or help them problem-solve?  If you’re like most parents (me included!), your go-to response is typically to try to talk them through their feelings and help them understand why there is no need to be so upset.  We think that if they understand they will calm down.

This happened to a...

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The Secret To Parenting Through BIG Feelings Mar 24, 2024

Do you have a child who struggles with BIG feelings?   Let’s be real — BIG feelings can cause both headaches and heartaches for parents and caregivers.  If you have a child who struggles with managing BIG feelings and it causes issues and conflicts with friends it can be heartbreaking.  If you have a child whose BIG feelings continually derail plans and affect the whole family it can be...

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What to do when parenting is HARD Mar 17, 2024

Let’s face it…  parenting can be really hard and lead to lots of headaches and heartaches.  We love our kids and want the absolute best for them, and it breaks our hearts to see them struggle. They can also drive us crazy and seem to know exactly how to push our buttons and drive us right to the edge of our sanity, and sometimes over.

Before I go any further, I truly want you to know that if...

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3 Ways to Help Kids Become Problem-Solvers Mar 10, 2024

When your kids are struggling, if you’re like me your first instinct is likely to step in to help them and either do it for them or tell them what they should do.  This is how we’re wired as parents which is a good thing in that it helps us protect our kids from danger and look out for their survival.  Unfortunately, this instinct can also hinder our child’s ability to develop their own...

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