Homeschooling Parents: Relationship is Key

I recently received an email from a parent who home schools her two boys. She asked if there were any Love and Logic® tools for home school parents. Through my own experience homeschooling my daughters, as well as coaching other parents in the Seattle area – two fantastic resources came to mind: The Love and … Continue reading Homeschooling Parents: Relationship is Key

The Family Meal

I recently taught a mom and dad a simple but powerful tool: eating using the family meal style. It was wonderful to hear that after two weeks, they had made eating family meal style a regular experience in their household. Before I go into a more detailed description, there were two comments that came from … Continue reading The Family Meal

Great Parents Resist Stubbornness

Have you ever experience a lack of motivation to adjust your parenting strategy? Have you ever just been fed up? Is there any hope/point to working on this relationship with my child/step-child? Legitimate Parenting Concerns Overcome them. It’s worth it. Parenting Story #1 In the book “Cure for the Common Life” Max Lucado shares a … Continue reading Great Parents Resist Stubbornness

Great Parents Notice the Positives

I was in Costco this weekend returning something, long lines but I had to get it done. I was behind a dad and his two children. His son was about 7 and his daughter about 4 years old. As normal, one child was touching the other child. The dad responded with good boundaries and directions. … Continue reading Great Parents Notice the Positives

Parents Can Be Their Child’s Emotion Coach

I just attended an Emotion Coaching workshop given by Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Gottman of the Gottman Institute in Seattle. The tools I learned are a great addition to my parent coaching toolbox, and I was impressed by number of parents in attendance considering that it was an eighty degree day in Seattle … Continue reading Parents Can Be Their Child’s Emotion Coach

Appreciative Inquiry in Parenting Can Improve Academic Success

I recently had a mother ask me about how to help her son with homework. With deep concern in her voice she told me about how her 11 year old son showed her his homework. She went on to say that it was full of spelling errors and she asked him “did you even use … Continue reading Appreciative Inquiry in Parenting Can Improve Academic Success

Simple Guidelines for Developing Your Child Into a Wise Adult

A Common Parenting Problem I recently read a chapter from Pete Rollin’s book “The Orthodox Heretic and Other Impossible Tales” It is a parable book that really stretches your thinking. The parable called “The Father’s Approval” outlines a father who lives much of his life in search of wealth and success, struggling to spend needed … Continue reading Simple Guidelines for Developing Your Child Into a Wise Adult

Video Showing PRIDE Parenting Skills in Action Through PCIT

I wrote a similar article on PRIDE skills a while back; this time I would like for you to see the outline along with a video of PRIDE skills (or PCIT) in action! The video that I have embedded below was taken in the PCIT lab at Encompass in North Bend, WA. PRIDE Parenting Skills in a … Continue reading Video Showing PRIDE Parenting Skills in Action Through PCIT

How can families go on vacation and not deal with stressful, entitled kids?

I recently was in Hawaii with our oldest daughter. I was her stand-in for her husband who is serving in Afghanistan in the army. We stayed at the Hale Koa Hotel, which is a military hotel for soldiers and their families to have an affordable holiday, a great gift to all those serving our country. … Continue reading How can families go on vacation and not deal with stressful, entitled kids?