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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.

Teaching Kids About Goals, Intentions and Focus intentional parenting parenting tips raising kids role model teaching kids to think Jan 07, 2022

Happy New Year!!  Have you thought about what you want for this year?  Is this the year that you stop yelling and become the calm and effective parent you want to be?  Is this the year that you improve your relationship with your kids so you can stop walking on eggshells in your own house?  How do you want to grow, what experiences do you want to have, and how do you want to feel?  

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Celebrate Accomplishments To Build Confidence In Your Kids confident kids intentional parenting parenting tips role model Dec 30, 2021

As you get closer to the end of the year, have you started thinking about next year?  What you want to change, what you want to start, what you want to stop, what you want to accomplish?  The beginning of a new year is like a reset, where many people start thinking about the better version of themselves they want to become.

The problem is that most of us start from a place of what we don’t like, what we...

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Holiday Memories are Cumulative ~ Do Less to have More! intentional parenting parenting tips raising kids Dec 21, 2021

Every year at the holidays, do you struggle to squeeze in as much as you can, wanting to create the best memories possible for your kids?  In the process, do you miss out on the Joy of the Season because you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders?

Trust me - I get it!  For so many years that was me!  I was so busy with holiday cards and gifts for everyone for both home and work, baking...

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Giving Gifts From The Heart - Teach Your Kids Kindness and Appreciation emotional intelligence intentional parenting parenting tips Dec 16, 2021

This time of year, do you find that your kids are highly focused on everything that they want?  It’s an exciting time of year for many children, but as a parent are you concerned about getting your kids to think about giving as much as receiving?

This came up in a recent coaching session with a client as her son is all caught up in what he wants right now.  And for some families that have multiple sets...

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The #1 Thing To Teach Your Kids That Will Help Them Throughout Life brain development in children confident kids intentional parenting kid's developing brains parenting tips Dec 10, 2021

If I told you there was one thing that you could teach your kids that would help them every single time they were stuck not knowing what to do — one thing that could help them figure things out in every single aspect of their lives, can you imagine what it is? 

I’m guessing that many of you are going to answer “I don’t know”, and ironically, that is actually the answer!  

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Empower Kids by Teaching Them Want v. Should emotional intelligence intentional parenting parenting tips teaching kids to think Dec 02, 2021

Have you ever stopped to think about the difference in how it feels when you say “I should”, versus “I want” to do something?  I’ve been playing with this concept myself a lot lately around cleaning and organizing my house, but you could apply it to every area of your life.  Just a slight shift in perspective can make a world of difference, and teaching kids this concept early...

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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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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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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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