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Parenting Pathway #116: Raising Great Readers

Before they were born, I was reading to my children. When pregnant with my first daughter, I would read a children’s book to her every night before I went to sleep. Dr. Seuss authored a book called Oh, The Places You’ll Go and there’s a version of the book specifically for babies still in the […]

Parenting Pathway #117: A Look At Labels

This month I am a facilitating a book discussion of Mary Sheedy Kurcinka’s book, “Raising Your Spirited Child“. The book is a guide for caregivers of children who are more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent and energetic. However, even for parents and caregivers of less intense children (those she calls “cool” or “spunky” kids), the fundamental […]

Parenting Pathway #118: What Is Your Energy Source?

One of the most important differences I experience in working with people of all ages is the distinction between extroversion and introversion. Having a preference for extroversion or introversion has an impact on the way we interact and react to our environment. A person with a preference for extroversion receives his emotional energy from the […]

Parenting Pathway #119: Be Present

I have a confession: having Lego blocks spread all over the floor drives me crazy. Couple that with dress-up clothes scattered from kitchen to living room, and I can barely concentrate. You see, I love a clean house where everything has, and is in, its place. But when I am playing with my children, if […]

Parenting Pathway #120: The Season of Music

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything. It is the essence of order and lends to all that is good and just and beautiful. • PlatoIn my family, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of an […]

Parenting Pathway #121: Celebrate Stressful Moments

I think all parents would agree that raising children is a challenge. The moments when our children are crying, fighting with a sibling. whining, or all three at the same time, can be stressful and may even occur frequently. One personal strategy that I use to battle the stress is to rise above the situation and […]

Parenting Pathway #122: Write Your Prediction

My husband, two daughters and I take part in a very special family tradition to kick off the New Year. It is a wonderful way for us to begin to dream about what the New Year will bring and also a way to capture our hopes, dreams, and wishes for one another. During the month of […]

Parenting Pathway #123: The Power of Patience

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” • Franklin P. JonesAs a parent of two highly energetic young girls, I rely heavily on the power of patience. However, I would not describe myself as innately patient. In fact, the idea of “moving slowly” to me often bumps up […]

Parenting Pathway #124: Work / Life Balance

Achieving balance between work and life can be challenging to say the least, especially for parents. And the definition of work / life balance changes from one individual to the next. But it certainly has something to do with balancing the amount of time we desire to spend earning a living with the amount of […]

Parenting Pathway #125: Your Parental Vision

Stop and think for a moment.Who are you as a parent? How would your children describe you? At the end of the day, in your moments of reflection, what parenting interactions are you proud of? What moments do you regret and want to “do over?” Who are you striving to become as a parent? What […]

Parenting Pathway #126: Values vs. Obstacles

My last Parenting Pathway, discussed defining your parental vision or who it is you want to be as a parent. This week we’re going to talk about obstacles to that vision.For one thing, it’s easy for your vision to be clouded and contaminated with the expectations of others. Ask yourself, for example, does your vision […]

Parenting Pathway #127: Setting Goals for Kids

“Teach a child to choose the right path, and when older they will remain upon it” • Proverbs 22:6Part of your role as a parent is to partner with your children to set life goals. This includes teaching children that life is full of possibilities. Telling your children that they are ALWAYS at choice when […]

Parenting Pathway #128: Watch Your Tone

In my last Pathway, Click, I focused on how parents can partner with their children in setting life goals. This includes teaching children on a regular basis that life is full of possibilities. And talking with our children about how they are ALWAYS at choice when it comes to what they do with their life and […]

Parenting Pathway #129: Stop Crying!?

Crying is a typical part of childhood. It is a common behavior that most parents encounter on a regular basis. Unfortunately, one of the most common parental responses to a crying child is far from being an effective one. The words, “Stop Crying!” can be confusing to a child to say the least. In essence, a […]

Parenting Pathway #130: Be In The Moment!

Stillness•.quiet•.simply observing•.watching every movement•.every facial expression•. the body language•.taking in every sound•.watching them breathe•.putting yourself in their shoes to experience their every movement and feeling•.clearing your mind from anything and everything except one of the most important people in your life••your child.How many times a day do you engage in this type of “being in […]