Are You a Good Influence On Your Kids?

Posted on January 16, 2018

First published in the Huffington Post. We’re often quick to let our children know what company they should keep and who might be the “bad” influences on them. As kids get older, they have a tendency to emulate peers who might dress controversially or behave inappropriately. What we seldom realize, however, is that we are the ones who, first and foremost, end up shaping the adults our children become and who influence most the choices that they make. So what…

Parenting Audit Part 2 – Tips and Tools

Posted on January 12, 2018

Last week we gave you a half-dozen questions so you could do your own 2018 Parenting Audit. This week I’m excited to share some perspectives, tips, and tools to help you get through some of the not-so-great moments of raising kids, so 2018 can be a more enjoyable parenting year for you. What is the speed of life in your household? –   Slow and calm? –   Relaxed or rushed? –   Always busy and overscheduled? If the speed of life in…

2018 Parenting Audit – Part 1

Posted on January 5, 2018

It’s been a few days since we turned the page on a new year, and it’s been fabulous seeing everyone setting goals and taking action. This is a great time to think about your work or business and how you can carve out more time for yourself. While “A new year, a new you” is a popular theme for “resolutions” at this time of the year, what is clearly lacking in many of those resolutions are any type of parenting…

Stress-free Holidays: Parenting with L.O.V.E.

Posted on December 22, 2017

It starts just before Thanksgiving when we suddenly realize how much we have to do and begin to worry about how we are going to get everything done before Christmas or the end of the year. We all have expectations as to how the holiday season will go, and we strive to make it better than we did last year. Parents are under tremendous stress at this time—with not enough time and often not enough money—trying to keep up with…

Are we teaching our kids how to use our most important gifts as humans?

Posted on December 7, 2017

We are definitely different than species of plants and animals. We are the human species – endowed with traits and characteristics that are unique to us and that can help us not just survive but also thrive. As we parent our children in a constant time crunch, we get caught up with teaching our kids skills to “succeed” in the world that they live in. Academics, extracurricular activities, and social agendas take precedence in our day-to-day routines. We want to…