Jenga and the Teenage Brain

  I’m playing Jenga with three of my junior high students as we celebrate their academic achievement with a pizza and ice cream party. We take turns finding that one block that will wiggle free and placing it gently on top of the pile amidst cries of, “Don’t shake the...

Parenting Partners: Building Resilience in Teens

Teenagers bring a number of challenges to the parenting table! In this class, parents will learn *how to tackle tough conversations about sensitive topics like sex and drug use *how to help teens manage peer pressure *how to improve communication with their teens *and...

New Year’s Resolutions

  The holidays are over. We celebrated, experienced meaningful moments and rang in the New Year with renewed hope and expectations for the next twelve months. Some of our resolutions doubtless included getting in better shape and eating healthier. While improving our...

Quality Connection for Parents

A father in one of my parenting classes observed, “One of my challenges as a parent is, I focus on what’s wrong, rather than what’s right.” A mom added, “I want to spend more time enjoying my children instead of only being focused on what we need to do next or what’s...

Connection Before Correction

I’m reading Flourish, Dr. Martin Seligman’s book about how positive psychology impacts our well-being. He references research that demonstrated the impact of negative language on employees in sixty companies, one-third of which were highly successful, one-third...

Junior High Jitters and Eating Elephants

Junior High Jitters and Eating Elephants Valley schools have been in session for several weeks now, so a number of kids—and parents—are experiencing the “junior high jitters.” Children who   sailed through elementary school are struggling for the first time, while...

Resilience: Bubble Wrap for Life

Life can be a bumpy road. Some bumps leave us gleeful and squealing with delight. And some leave deep bruises that we think may never heal. If you’re a parent, you may have found yourself wishing you could find some kind of emotional bubble wrap that would protect...