Handling Anger with Respect for All

The anger was rising in the room. Everyone could feel it. His face was red, fists and teeth clenched. Breathing was heavy. Maybe you’ve experienced something similar. Perhaps it was your partner or your child that was upset. I was becoming aware of the lump in my own throat. The pressure in my chest was moving up into my throat

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5 Simple Ways to Nurture Relationships

Lately, I’ve been really reflecting about what families can do to create more nurturing experiences. With my recent experiences with the work of Hedy Schleifer and Crossing the Bridge, I have some ideas that might help you start thinking about the simple things you can do to create more love, connection, and nurturing in your family. Hint: It doesn’t have to take a

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Stories of Encouragement: The investment will pay off

Today I want to share a few recent stories from my home where I have been able to see the effects of many years of practicing Consciously Parenting. I have been doing this for 13 years. 13 years of investing in learning about how to parent differently, practicing the way I want to respond to my children’s emotions and behaviors,

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Healing Stories for the Inevitable Bumps in Life

My good friend, Lianne, just had a baby. She had an uneventful (but very fast!) home water birth. One of the most beautiful things for me was hearing the story of how she paused after her son was born and just listened to him express the experience he had just gone through. She listened and watched him and how he moved

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The Case Against Breastfeeding

I just read Hanna Rosin’s article called The Case Against Breastfeeding published in The Atlantic and I’m feeling really sad. This is the reality of many mother’s experiences and it should not be taken lightly. Ms. Rosin expresses her discontentment with being a mother and her perceived requirement that she breastfeed her baby. She goes on to talk about how science really

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When Families are Estranged: What to Tell Your Kids

Question: We had a huge issue with repeated disrespect and abuse from my father and we have stopped having contact completely as a result. My kids don’t understand why they can’t see their grandfather anymore and I’m not really sure how to talk to them about it. They’re still really young and telling the whole story is inappropriate at their age.

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