Best Christmas Gifts for Kids 2021
If you're looking for the best Christmas gifts for kids 2021, here's your list! I've keep it simple and practical, and organized the ideas by type. Note that not all of these gifts were just released this year. In fact, by design, I've chosen gifts that have stood the test of time. I'm not "into" […]
Birds and the Bees: How to Make This Awkward Conversation Easier for Everyone
"The birds and the bees" is the mother of all euphemisms. It's how people used to refer to the so-called sex talk that parents have dreaded since...actually, not that long ago. Up until fairly recently, farm life was children's natural foray into sex education. Want to learn about how reproduction works? Look no farther than […]
Video Interview with Tessa Stuckey, MA, LPC
Trigger warning: in this interview, Tessa Stuckey discusses how we can help protect our children from suicide and self-harm. She addresses not only the root causes (which are different from what many people may think), but also what we can do to proactively support our children's mental health. Note that this video is public on YouTube and will remain free for all viewers given its critical importance.
After-School Restraint Collapse: 6 Ways to Help Your Child Manage BIG Feelings
After-school restraint collapse is a fancy way to say after-school meltdowns. And I want you to know this: they're normal. In fact, they're downright common and can happen to all kids. More on that in a moment. Here's what the reality feels like, though: it's messy. You may be eagerly and happily awaiting the arrival […]
We Can Do Hard Things
I did a hard thing today. While my family was on a long nature hike, I spotted one of those free-standing climbing ropes meant for athletes who are doing intensive training. It had no footholds or knots; just solid rope from top to bottom, suspended from a tall metal structure. I casually mentioned […]
5 Ways to Help Kids Through Irrational Fears
In this 25-minute mini-course, I describe why children are prone to irrational fears, and five specific tools we can use to help them move past their fears and return to greater peace.
Positive Parenting Made Easier
In this 44-minute course, I cover three essentials of positive parenting for all ages -- including specific and actionable tools you can start using right away. When used correctly, these tips can substantially decrease the stress and increase the JOY in your family.
Video Interview with Bailey Gaddis
In this interview, Bailey Gaddis discusses pregnancy in a refreshingly honest way. She covers many important topics, including: How to create the right birth for you (one size does NOT fit all!) How our relationships are affected by pregnancy Normal changes in the body that no one talks about Postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety -- what to watch out for and what to do if you have them Common fears...
Video Interview with Genevieve Rivera
In this interview, Genevieve Rivera discusses adverse childhood experiences (ACEs): What they are Their impacts on child development When to seek help Long-term outcomes How recovery is possible Hope for moving forward
Video Interview with Dr. Nicole Beurkens
In this interview, Dr. Nicole Beurkens discusses many important topics, including: The role of diet, exercise, and nutrition in children's behavior Why medication and other "quick fixes" aren't always the answer Children's mental health and contributing factors to their ability to thrive Her view of learning disabilities and other aspects of neurodiversity, and how we can best support children who might receive certain diagnoses Why everything comes back to connection...