5 ways to embrace even the most difficult parts of parenting

Being a parent is hard work. Just like any relationship, there are days you wish could last forever, and moments that make you question everything. You may even wonder if you’re cut out for this parenting gig in the first place. My toddler is almost three years old, and I often hear opinions from other parents…

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5 Ways to Get to Know Your Child

Getting to know each other can be difficult, here’s some tips to help Co-authored by: Mari Peterson & April Brown Our children come to us in many seasons of life, and through many mediums. Although in our heart of hearts we may understand that our children are their own complete selves, to love our children…

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Your Child Needs to Hear You Say I’m Sorry

No matter how we become parents, by choice or unexpectedly, parenting is a life changing and continuous journey. Parenting is tough! Although tips, guidance, and confirmation that we are doing a good job can help ease the challenges, parents have to parent day by day, hour by hour, and minute by minute. And many of…

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Unspoken Lessons

“Children are great imitators, so give them something great to imitate”-unknown The front room in my parent’s house is the proud keeper of most of our family’s photographs. Over the years, I tried to be fair, but please don’t count how many times I appear in these pictures because you might leave thinking I’m a…

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Six Spring Gardening Activities for Families

Warm weather? Take the chaos outside! Although you may not FEEL the warm weather quite yet, it is officially spring! Soon your winter blues will lift, you’ll open your windows and breathe in the fresh air, and get some of that much needed vitamin D! On behalf of Gardening Week 2019, here are some gardening activities that will inspire…

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Hello, Breath

Growing up in a household of anxiety sufferers, I always thought fear was a way of life. As a little girl, I was afraid of everything. Afraid of being kidnapped, afraid of riding my bike too far away from the house, afraid of hypodermic needles lingering in the seats of movie theaters…AND afraid of my…

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Empathy Starts at Home

Want your kids to be empathetic? Teach them how to be! As parents, we set high expectations for our children. We want them to succeed academically, take care of their bodies, enroll in sports and extracurricular activities, be successful readers, eat healthy, socialize, and be kind to others around them. The list goes on and…

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3 Ways to Teach Peace in Your Home

As my daughter gets older, I strive to find creative ways to embed routines into our day-to-day life that cultivate peace and calm. After a two year hiatus, I’m finally beginning to practice meditation again. It’s a beautiful feeling to be able to come back to it, to have the tools and practices stored in…

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I See You

As the daughter of a special education teacher and a special education teacher myself, I’m pretty familiar with labels. Learning alongside my neurodivergent and disabled students unfortunately included writing IEP’s about their strengths and weaknesses, often after only meeting these wonderful humans for just a few hours. Sometimes thirty minutes. Boy were these fabulous souls…

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What Does it Mean to Be Kind?

I’ve been thinking about what it means to be kind. Does being kind mean we let things go, or let others “walk all over” us? Does being kind mean we don’t speak out against racist remarks, or stay silent when we recognize oppressive systems at work in our communities, neighborhoods, places of work and homes?…

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