Keep the End in Mind

If I were to summarize the best parenting strategy my husband and I committed to it would be this: keep the end in mind. One day — way sooner than you think, your children will grow up. They will move away, build their own careers and families. When you break everything down to the mostContinue reading “Keep the End in Mind”

The Secret to Raising Independent Children

All that friendly advice starts the minute folks discover you’re expecting a baby. I’m more than two decades into this journey, and people still share opinions about how I should parent. “When you’re pregnant, people feel like they can come up and give you unsolicited advice. When I was nine months pregnant, this one womanContinue reading “The Secret to Raising Independent Children”

Honor Failure

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill When we see success we admire its perfection. We applaud the magic of actors, athletes, writers, musicians, and others who make it all look so easy. But, here’s the deal. Very rarely does anyone succeed without boatloads of failure alongContinue reading “Honor Failure”

What Do Kids Really Need?

The 2000s brought a strange phenomenon of children’s sports teams giving everyone a trophy, regardless of participation level or winning record. Criticism of this practice is widespread. We folks in the United States value hard work. Many of us believe all good things should be earned.

What is this thing called play?

Brené Brown says, “If we want to live a Wholehearted life, we have to become intentional about cultivating rest and play, and we must work to let go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self-worth.” It may surprise you to know that play is critical to success and happiness for both childrenContinue reading “What is this thing called play?”

Why Parents Must Let Go

The art of parenting is all about letting go. In the end, it’s up to our children how their journey will play out. Sure, parents love, guide, encourage, teach, model, and serve a host of crucial roles. At the core, though, it’s all about preparing children to become independent citizens in the world. As a parent, IContinue reading “Why Parents Must Let Go”

How to Talk to Teachers

5 Strategies to Improve Communication With Teachers Communication is the foundation of successful relationships. Yet, I would guess that many parents have a story of miscommunication between them and their child’s teacher. As the pressure increases on teachers to do more with less, communication is more critical than ever.