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Some of you are already sending your kids back to school – in person and online. Every fall, I’m delighted to see kids in excited anticipation heading back to school. Plus, and I’m sure this makes you happy too, I love seeing all of my friends and their kids grow a year older, declare dreams, […]

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Heading Back To School With Grace

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Well, given the response to last week’s post,  it appears to have met a need that we all have – guidance. My hope (and that of my guest contributor, Dr. Kristin Valerius) was to offer guidance and perspective in a way that allowed all of you to focus on comprehensive information without as much fear. Don’t […]

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Back to School Answers and a New Tool

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Hello friends, Just as I finished up writing how to reset summer, emails, DM’s and posts are flooding every inbox with a cry for help around how to answer the question – What about school this fall?  Some of you have to make decisions within weeks while others have a month or so. Regardless, the decisions […]

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School: The 25K Question

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Hello friends – I’m so excited that so many of you have joined our private Facebook group, Parenting with Intention. Questions are flying and support is growing for our community of parents who want “more” than just books and quick tips – but truly want to be intentional about parenting and creating a village of […]

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It’s not too late to reset summer

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Hello friends, – if you’re like me, your heart is heavy. We are in the middle of a global pandemic, school is ending without fervor, and we are amidst a call for national healing regarding racism. As a white psychologist and mother, I am not an expert on anti-racism (there are links below to black […]

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100 Small Conversations

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Hello friends, insert sigh here….if you’re like me, my family and many other families I saw this week and heard from, you’re exhausted. Somehow, the calendar turned over to May and kids and families, who previously were doing “OK”, suddenly felt overwhelmed and exhausted. Be sure to go back and read previous posts on managing worry and recognizing stress in […]

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What we all need right now

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Hello friends- How are you? If you’re like me, you’re great one moment and then in tears the next, only to be followed by confusion and utter boredom. No? Just me? I hope you had a chance to read last week’s blog about managing worry. If you haven’t, you can check it out here. If you’re […]

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How to Recognize Stress in Children

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Hello Friends, I hope this blog post finds you healthy and safe right now amidst COVID-19. I know there are so many unknowns during this time. One thing for sure is that I’ll keep showing up for you regardless of our stay-at-home order – I feel like we need each other now more than ever! […]

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Managing Worry

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We interrupt the Positive Discipline blog series to bring you these helpful tips and some scripts on how to talk to children during uncertain times. My goal, as an expert on trauma and childhood resilience, is to minimize stress for children wherever and whenever possible.   Here are some scripts you may find helpful. For young […]

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Tips and Scripts for Talking with Kids During Uncertain Times

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First of all, if you’re NEW to my blog, welcome! I’m glad you’re here! Second, if you haven’t had a chance to watch last week’s Facebook live about how to identify your parenting style, check it out here – it was a huge hit! This week, I’ll be breaking it down more on Facebook, so stay tuned. Next, keep […]

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Positive Discipline with a Twist: Ruptures and Repairs

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