Build and Strengthen Communication With Your Kids

Posted on April 17, 2018

Times have changed. Our children are part of a generation that is being raised on the information superhighway. Through search engines or social media networks, it seems that the answer to their every question is at their fingertips. They know how space shuttles work and why revolutions happen in other countries. Both on the web and in their academic institutions, they are used to absorbing and understanding information through reasoning. That’s really how they learn best. In fact, reasoning is…

Cookie-Cutter vs. Out-of-the-Box… What Kind of Children Do You Want to Raise?

Posted on April 9, 2018

“What kind of kids do we want to raise?” Of course, we all want kids who are happy, think positive, and do good! That’s why it’s our Tools of Growth tagline. Furthermore, we want our children to be successful, resilient, confident, and courageous, as well as kind and forgiving. I believe all parents have that same vision for their children. Here’s the hard truth though: That’s not the result when we drive our children toward mainstream goals like getting the…

Are You Ready For Kids?

Posted on April 2, 2018

  Are you ready for kids? Can you afford them? What is the only thing that you should plan for? These days the average age of a first-time parent has jumped significantly! This is the oldest generation of parents to have ever existed. We can assume that this group is more mature and therefore more prepared for parenting, with a clearer understanding of what it takes, right? Why, then, are these two of the most frequently discussed questions at parent…

Is Parenting Really a Sacrifice?

Posted on March 22, 2018

  “I’ve sacrificed my whole life for my kids, and they still don’t appreciate me.” “Parenthood has been one sacrifice after another. I’ve had to give up so much.” “This is not a good deal! I’ve had to keep sacrificing, yet the family keeps asking for more. I have nothing more to give.” In my parenting workshops and consultations, I’ve been hearing a lot of similar statements by parents. The word “sacrifice” is catching my attention a lot. Just last…

March For Our Lives

Posted on March 13, 2018

Tomorrow, March 14, is #Enough National Walk Out Day. This national call for students, teachers, school administrators, parents, and allies is to join a peaceful protest to support stricter gun control measures. It is time to stand with our children to enact change so these tragic shootings can be prevented once and for all. The #NationalSchoolWalkout will be held at 10:00 a.m. for 17 minutes (to honor the 17 lives that were lost at the Stoneman Douglas High School in…