Must Have Supplies for Family Outdoors Activity

Always Needed Supplies for Family Outdoors Activity

Dear Caring Parent, Summer is in full swing! I finally have this year’s ALWAYS NEEDED supplies for family outdoors activity. Pack your bag with these and you will be ready for most things. It’s taken me a bit longer because I wanted to test a couple of them out before...
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Listening to Our Children Differently

Dear Caring Parent,  Let’s grow how we are listening to our children differently. We parents often say, “You’re really suggesting I listen more to my child?  All I do all day is listen to them! They are screaming, whining, speaking their words of...
Calm Parenting Has A Problem But There’s a Fix

Calm Parenting Has A Problem But There’s a Fix

Dear Caring Parent, Sometimes when we parents hear the prompt to provide calm parenting, it feels like an insult. That’s because there’s a problem with being a calm parent. How can I be calm when my teenager is slamming doors? And then there’s my...
Snails Paced Greening of My Household

Snails Paced Greening of My Household

Dear Caring Parent, Every year I think about my next-step for my snails paced greening of my household. It’s too much in life’s busyness to do it all at once!  I’m a budget watcher and want to know about the reliability of products so it takes me a while to pick...
Everyday Parenting Can Be Exhausting

Everyday Parenting Can Be Exhausting

Dear Caring Parent, Everyday parenting can be exhausting. Or, every day, parenting can be exhausting.   That’s what I am thinking about right now – the sneaky, everyday causes of parenting exhaustion. These aren’t real obvious because they’re so everyday...
Reflection on Parent Exhaustion

Reflection on Parent Exhaustion

Dear Caring Parent, “I’m exhausted!” I hear parents saying this very often. Parental exhaustion is real. It’s not ok. It’s not, ‘oh well, I’m a parent so of course’.   I’ve hesitated to write about this topic now, because with COVID19 and all it’s...
Parents Get Better At Listening

Parents Get Better At Listening

Dear Caring Parent, I’ve been thinking about telling vs listening lately as I talk with parents and children. While some things definitely need telling, I’ve concluded that we could all do a lot more listening. At home and in schools. How do we parents get...
What Does Blue Light Do To Children?

What Does Blue Light Do To Children?

Dear Caring Parent, I took a look to see what new research shows about the effect of blue light on our children, given the increase in online activities with schooling-at-home during COVID19. Generally we wonder about eye strain and sleep disruption with blue light...