We start each day fresh. Full of opportunities to do things be the parent and partner we are striving to be. Each morning I wake up (way too early) and remind myself of my parenting and relationship goals. To be present. To be compassionate. To truly "see" my children and my partner. To respond calmly and confidently and without yelling. And to give myself and everyone around me a bit of grace when we inevitably make mistakes (because we are, each and every one of us, human).
Traditionally, balanced parenting is described as a finding a happy medium between control (rules/discipline) and warmth. But to me, it is so much more. I'm interested in helping parents and caregivers bring more balance not just to how they parent, but to their lives in general. Because, let's face it, while caring for your little ones (or not so little ones) is definitely an important part of who you are, it is not ALL you are.
TODDLER TANTRUMS GETTING YOU DOWN? The toddler years can be so challenging as parents. On the one hand they are filled with the joy of watching your children express themselves in new and exciting ways, while on the other that expression has the potential to be annoying, overwhelming, and obnoxious. If you are feeling that way I want to tell you right here and right now: That's ok. You're ok. It is NORMAL to find toddler whining annoying
HOW CAN I GET MY KIDS TO LISTEN??
This is one of the most common questions I get from parents, and I totally get it. As parents we are inundated with society’s expectations for our kids’ behavior and respect and obedience are some of those expectations. So when parents say they just want their kids to listen, what they are really saying is that they want their kids to obey them, or at the very least follow directions. But is this what we really want for our kids?