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On Being a Role Model to My Daughter

One night recently, I spoke at a PTO meeting about conscious parenting. When I arrived home, my daughter Faith (who is one of my biggest cheerleaders) inquired how it went. I explained that the PTO members were really excited about the plan and want me to come back to launch it in a few weeks.…

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Kindness, Connection and….Cinderella?

Last weekend, I took my daughter to see the new Cinderella movie. Little did I know how closely it would parallel my new book, Connection and Kindness: The Key to Changing the World Through Parenting. I was literally breathless at certain points during the movie thinking about it. This current version goes into much greater…

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The Healing Power of Connection

I have had the most fabulous work week. So many good things have happened. For example, a foster mom I have been working with on conscious parenting practices was telling me that her foster daughter told her that she preferred to be at her friend’s house because she “hated” being at the foster mom’s house.…

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Sydney

Happy Birthday To My Angel In Heaven

If she had lived, yesterday my daughter Sydney would have been 14 years old. How has so much time gone by? I think back to just before she was born. Her due date was approaching, but as it crept closer each day, I became more and more nervous. I knew with her particular heart defect…

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A different approach to resistance

I was giving a talk recently with my colleague to foster, adoptive and biological parents about conscious parenting and we got on the subject of discipline. One foster mom raised her hand and said that she gave her teenage foster daughter a cell phone and when she did, she told her it was because she…

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A Conscious Approach to Youth Sports

This was a weekend full of sports in my family. My 12 year old had a basketball game and my 7 year old had a soccer game and swim meet. As Rachel Macy Stafford says, I love to watch my children play. I have grown so much from the days when my 12 year old…

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Connection

This weekend was the annual father-daughter camping trip. I look forward to it, as it is an opportunity to spend very good quality time with my 12 and 7 year old sons, and this year was no different. On Friday, my 12 year old asked if he could have a sleepover with a few friends.…

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Connecting As Well As Correcting

One of the adoptive parents with whom I work had a frustrating experience this Christmas with her 11-year-old adopted son. They gave all the kids one gift to open on Christmas Eve and when she gave one to him, he shook it, said it sounded like a puzzle and then threw it across the room.…

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The “Secret” Recipe?

This morning, while my daughter was eating her breakfast, she told me that in school she had to write a persuasive essay on a person was important to her and why, and she chose me. I smiled, looked into her eyes, gave her a kiss and asked her what she wrote in her essay. She…

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Are we overreacting?

I read about a study on www.gozen.com that said that a whopping 75% of kids want help from their parents when they are stressed but only 22% actually reach out to their parents for help. That is a surprising bit of information, and it got me to wondering why that gap exists. I can only…

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