Parenting Toolkit

Do your children have parents or competitors?

Shiny, Happier People To describe the vast and varied role of the parent we turn to a whole list of occupations—doctor, police officer, counselor, game designer, bus driver and more—like jeweler. Yes, jeweler. Each child is a gem with multiple facets that reflect light. When Dad shines his light, it […]

Resilience: A parenting buzzword gone bad

The Burden of “Resilience” I recently read another feel-good post about letting go of grievances and how important this skill is for children. Certainly, carrying an unresolved grievance—even those that are morally understandable—is a burden. But, asserting the importance of “letting go” without a hint of “how to” is just […]

Climate Change: Is it raining on your family’s parade?

Families can be stormy. Some are so full of conflict that children and adults face various levels of assault–verbal, emotional or physical–on a regular basis. Whether the nature of the conflicts are adult to adult, adult to child, or child to child, children caught in constant relationship storms are known to either […]

Offering Choice

It is easy to think of choice as a tool for parents. After all, giving young children some control by offering them “this one or that one” can mean

The Preferred Parent (or not)

When children are fortunate enough to have two parents they can sometimes cause strain on their parents by focusing on one parent at a time.

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