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The happiest time of the year?

My oldest used to have a difficult time around the holidays. It was all too much for her to take in, and she didn’t know how to tell me what it was that caused her to act so unlike herself. On day when she was four, I took her for a mommy-daughter date to do Read More

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Podcast Episode #32 – When do parents need to step in and help?

Today we are back with Afsaneh Moradian to talk about when and how to let our kids work things out without jumping in to fix it or solve it. Much of parenting is about figuring out when to coach, when to intervene, when to be the mama bear and when to watch and have a conversation after. This is very much an art for any person spending time with these developing human beings.

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Beyond “Because I said so!”

Q: There are times when I have to say no to something my child wants, but I’m not sure how to handle it when my child gets upset. Sometimes I just give in and let her have what she wants, but that doesn’t feel right and it makes it harder the next time I need Read More

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Talking to Our Children About Pornography

Recently, I chaperoned my daughter’s elementary school field trip to the art museum in town. On the permission slip to the event, there was a disclaimer about nude sculptures and paintings in the museum and a warning of the possible dreadful opportunity for the fourth grade children to see such pieces of art. Then, upon Read More

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Podcast Episode #31 – The Importance of Unstructured Playtime

This week we are beginning a new podcast series about the importance of unstructured playtime, with Afsaneh Moradian, author of the upcoming book Jamie is Jamie. Play means kids get to do whatever they want to do, inside or outside, using what is available to them. The main thing is that they are choosing what to do. It is not about an adult offering ideas and suggestions, but the child looks around to see what’s available and chooses what to do.

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Podcast Episode #30 – Transcending Your Triggers

In this final discussion with Carrie Contey, we take the topic of triggers beyond the day-to-day experience of stress and struggle to the level of personal transcendence. It’s a delicious conversation that will refuel your parenting energy. Here, we’re offering a broader perspective of what it means to be triggered into a stressful reaction in your daily life with kids.

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11/24/2017 Special Newsletter: Thanksgiving Sale! $5 Books, 50% OFF in the Learning Center + more!

Happy Thanksgiving from our families to yours! We have some great deals available this weekend – Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Click here for all the details! Know someone who would enjoy these deals? Be sure to forward this email or share on social media! Consicously Parenting E-books and Audiobooks are just $5 each! No coupon code required. Read More

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Thanksgiving Sale!

Happy Thanksgiving from our families to yours! Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday – we cover it all! Take advantage of this sale to save big on e-books, audiobook downloads, private consultations with Rebecca, and even a 50% discount code for the entire Learning Center! That includes all of the on-demand courses which Read More

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Nurturing Yourself in 1-5 Minutes

I think we have the impression that we have to set aside a long period of time to nurture ourselves. Many of us feel that if I can’t go away for a weekend or have a several hour block of time to do what I want, then it isn’t worth the effort. While that longer block of time is important every now and then, we can accomplish quite a bit in just a few minutes.

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Podcast Episode #29 – Transforming Your Triggers

Transforming reactivity to a conscious response is a continuous practice. It’s done in millimeters, not quantum leaps. Little by little we change and grow, by acknowledging our stress triggers and how they feel in the body.