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The Power of Dads: Why Dads Need to Invest In Their Parenting

The Power of Dads: Why Dads Need to Invest In Their Parenting

As Father’s Day approaches, we encourage you to embrace every opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the father figures in your life. Fathers are significant influencers in the lives of their children; they are no longer valued just for bringing home the figurative bacon. The days of detached fathering are becoming a thing of the past. Dads are more involved than ever in all aspects of childrearing. Research has found that men who are fathers are actually happier than their childless peers. Not only do dads benefit from getting involved, but there are huge benefits for children, too! The latest research points to several areas where dads have an especially profound effect on their daughters’ health and wellbeing.

Managing screens, devices and apps... oh my!

Managing screens, devices and apps... oh my!

One of the biggest challenges for parents these days is managing their children’s use of electronic devices.  Devices are the source of many power struggles for modern families. As a parent or caregiver, it’s your responsibility to set limits. Every family’s values and schedules are different, so limits on devices look different from one family to another.

Hey Warrior Tips to Helping Your Anxious Child

Hey Warrior Tips to Helping Your Anxious Child

I have received numerous emails and messages over the years from parents concerned about their child’s anxious behavior.  That is why I interviewed Karen Young of Hey Sigmund at the end of April.  Many of you missed the live interview so I wanted to recap for you some of the highlights.

Bedtime Routines: Finding Mindful Moments at the End of Each Day

Bedtime Routines: Finding Mindful Moments at the End of Each Day

Most parents don’t think of bedtime as an opportunity to connect with their child. Typically, we as parents associate bedtime with a frenzied battle zone in which we are trying to get our child to cooperate and complete tasks such as taking a bath, brushing their teeth, or putting on jammies. In order to make the most of this window of time, I suggest two things:

From Eating to Excreting: Three Tips to Avoid Power Struggles

From Eating to Excreting: Three Tips to Avoid Power Struggles

All humans struggle for power and control over their own lives and young children are no different!  Ideally we want our kids to do what we need them to without us having to do anything more than merely ask. Let's not kid ourselves, that is just not going to happen most of the time. "I said so" or "you have to" is about us asserting our power over them and can feel disrespectful to the child.  

Our children have little to no control over much of their daily lives.  That is why most power struggles revolve around their physical self or body.