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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4 things you can do today when you feel disconnected from your child

“I’m so upset! She’s working completely against me. No matter what I do, she continues to speak to me disrespectfully. I’ve tried punishing her, but she doesn’t seem to care. What am I supposed to do? I want a good relationship with my daughter, but she’s making it impossible!” Maybe you can relate to this mom’s struggle. She had tried

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Sibling Rivalry Isn’t Just for Toddlers

I wrote this last summer, during my surprise pregnancy. July 2018 My husband and I have two kids: a 10-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son. We have always been open to having more children, but between my history of infertility and our feelings of contentment with two, we figured that our family was complete and we were good with that.

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Tantrums Aren’t Just for Toddlers

When you have little ones, there is a lot of talk about how “it’s just a phase” and “this too shall pass,” whether it’s about picky eating, tantrums, or some other behavior deemed inappropriate in our society. While it is true that many of those behaviors do pass with time, I definitely wasn’t expecting to still witness full toddler-style tantrums

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Space for Feelings and Emotional Health: Better Relationships in 2 Minutes #7

I want you to take a moment and think about your closest relationships. They’re probably with people you can share anything with and where it’s safe for you to express your feelings and your deepest concerns. I remember reading Connection Parenting by Pam Leo and she asked you to think about your safe person, describing the tears falling when your

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Feelings Expressed – Not Lord of the Flies: Better Relationships in 2 Minutes #6

The next question that inevitably comes up when we’re talking about feelings and maybe not doing a time out is that it means we’re encouraging chaos, that things are going to be out of control, that it means we can’t say no. Creating space for feelings doesn’t mean that your kids can do anything they want. It means that when

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