Your Parenting On Purpose Toolbox

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.

#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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Intentionally “Pre-Paving” for a Successful Start to a New School Year Aug 30, 2021

It’s that time of year!  Do you have a child either starting school for the first time or headed back?  I have parent clients on both ends of the school spectrum —sending kids off to college and preparing to send their first to kindergarten.  One who was dropping her son off at college for the first time shared that he was super anxious and second-guessing every decision.  Another client...

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Intentional Parenting to Help Your Child With Anxiety Aug 25, 2021

Does your child get anxious over upcoming transitions?  School is coming, and that means a number of unknowns for kids.  Will they like their new teacher? Will they make new friends? What activities will they be doing this year and will they like them?  There are so many new things, and many of these can make them anxious.

Our brains prefer predictability, they like to remain safe and comfortable. ...

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The TOP Emotion for Parents to Feel. The Answer Might Surprise You! Aug 17, 2021

If I asked you: “What’s the #1 best feeling you’d want to feel most often as a parent raising your children?” would one of your top feelings be confidence?  Do you want to feel like you know what you’re doing instead of second guessing yourself and often wondering if you’re doing the right thing?

A common theme that I hear from many of the parents that I work with is that they...

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