Why Do Children Lie? How to Handle it with the 5s & Older
In this 11-minute session, I cover why children 5 and above tend to lie, and peaceful approaches to handling it effectively.
Parents Time Out: Ways to Get (and Keep) Your Calm
In this 19-minute session, I cover several strategies to help you, the adult, keep your calm -- or get it quickly if you're already feeling like you need a break (right this second).
How to Tell Your Kids about Divorce
12-minute course that addresses the basics of how to tell your kids about divorce. Note that this course does not address they "why" that children inevitably ask; that will differ for every family. As a general rule, though, the younger the child, the less they need to know. For many children of all ages, a version of "We're making this choice because it's best for the mental health of our...
Video Interview with Dr. William Stixrud & Ned Johnson
Undoubtedly one of the best books released this year, and certainly one of the best parenting books released within my lifetime, this guide supports parents and caregivers to develop connection-based relationships with their children. In this discussion with authors William Stixrud, Ph.D. and Ned Johnson, we cover a wide range of topics, including these: Why connection matters -- perhaps now more than ever How to foster empathy How to parent...
Video Interview with Lawrence J. Cohen
In this interview, Lawrence J. Cohen PhD discusses many important topics, including: What playful parenting is Why we don't need to be super creative or funny to do it well How and why to "follow the child" Why playful parenting sometimes backfires, and how to avoid that How to minimize conflict and anxiety in the home
Want More Positive Outcomes in Life? Give Yourself (and Your Kids) a Coherent Narrative
A coherent narrative is how we make sense of the stories we've created for ourselves about the events that have transpired in our lives. If we can talk about a past event in a fluid, congruent, and logical way, our narrative is coherent. If our story is disjointed, confusing, or missing parts that would be […]
Spanking Your Kids: 13 Important Discussions to Change the Course of Parenting
Corporal punishment, including spanking, happens when parents use physical punishment (usually hitting the child on the backside but occasionally elsewhere), with the hope that this ‘disciplinary action’ will improve the child's behavior. What happens in reality, however, is quite different. In fact, spanking may actually increase aggression and other undesirable behaviors in children. In this Q&A about corporal […]
Video Interview with Annie Murphy Paul
In this interview, Annie Murphy Paul discusses how the human brain works as it relates to children's bodies, physical spaces, and social interactions. Specifically, she covers: Why the brain isn't designed to "remember a mass of abstract information" -- and how it DOES work, instead Why movement, gestures, and multi-sensory input help children assimilate information more easily How social interactions affect learning, within the classroom and at home Why copying...
Video Interview with Vivek Patel
In this interview, Vivek Patel discusses how we can use the principles of improvisational comedy to support our parenting: WHY an "improv attitude" matters for parenting and how we use it Why we don't need to be funny to do improv in parenting Why flexibility is key in a healthy parent/child dyad; how we release our attachment to certain outcomes The "Yes, and..." concept of improv -- how it works,...
Video Interview with Mr. Chazz
In this interview, Mr. Chazz discusses many important topics, including: Why it's natural for children to push back on boundaries; how to understand and validate emotions while still upholding healthy limits The importance of empathy in connecting with children Why shaming, blaming, and punishment aren't the answer How to work with children's brain development instead of against it Acknowledgement that different children co-regulate in different ways The importance of holding...