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...
Covid19 Parent – More Busy Or A ‘Great Pause’ ?

Covid19 Parent – More Busy Or A ‘Great Pause’ ?

Dear Caring Parent, Covid19 parent is it more busy or is there what some call a ‘great pause’ for us? Many of us find ourselves busy in new busyness. I marvel at what this requires of parents. An invisible group of molecules is changing us a lot. So it...
Letting Go For Parents Is A Constant

Letting Go For Parents Is A Constant

Dear Caring Parent, Letting go – for parents, it’s a constant dance. We attach then we let go. It’s not that we suddenly ‘let go’ when our children finish school, get married or begin their career. Instead, parents experience many phases of letting...
Saying No To Children

Saying No To Children

Dear Caring Parent,  Saying no to children can be hard! I was just talking to a dad about how to not over-spend the budget for a birthday.  It got me to thinking, again, about how hard it is saying ‘no’ to children!  After my conversation with this dad, I...
Attuning to Toddlers – The Hoppin’, Poppin’ Years

Attuning to Toddlers – The Hoppin’, Poppin’ Years

Dear Caring Parent, Your beautiful children are now between one – four years old. Toddlers! And attuning to toddlers, tuning-in, is different than attuning to your baby during the first year. Truthfully, you’ve found yourself wondering, who IS this?  In the...
The Joy of Raising Boys

The Joy of Raising Boys

The Good, the Bad, and the Hilarious Author – Diane Auten I can’t stop smiling! This is such a delightful read.  The Joys of Raising Boys -The Good, the Bad, and the Hilarious! Through real-time anecdotes, this book follows Diane’s momlife from when...