Power Struggles— 5 tips (explained) to avoid them. One of my most valuable parenting tools is a PDF worksheet I came across years ago, by Jane Nelson. For those of you who don’t know about Dr. Jane Nelsen, she is one of the founding authors of the Positive Discipline books that are based on research from the 1920’s that…

Read More
Joyful family holding baby's feet

You know the times in life when things just don’t feel good? When you see one of those uplifting t-shirts that says, “Life is Good,” and you think, “Not mine, today is hard and I don’t like it.” The Bringing Baby Home Workshop helps parents to prepare for those days. Like it or not, life…

Read More

I received this note in my email this week and right away I sent a note to Susan, the founder of Mother Trees, asking if I could share it on my blog. Susan was willing to let me share it with you here and I hope you find this gentle reminder helpful for your days.…

Read More

I am a mess. Not is a debilitating way, but messy. All parts of my life are just not put together the way some people I know compulsively keep things in order. I have always wondered how they do it. Judged myself on why I can’t seem to keep it all together.  The not being…

Read More

1.The postpartum period is not a set amount of time. It can take months or years for a family to feel the transition is complete. Deepening question: Given all you know about you and your partner what expectations do you have for the postpartum period? 2. You need to be a mind reader. Okay, not…

Read More

Dear Overwhelmed Parents, If you are reading this you are likely overwhelmed and tired or will be soon. The combination of feeling overworked and under-rested is like a monster breathing down your neck. That pressure makes life harder and is one of the key reasons parents argue. You and your partner are both feeling stress…

Read More
relationship books for parents

If you were going to read just one book on relationships I think my favorite these days is What Makes Love Last by John Gottman, PH.D. and Nan Silver. The reason I like this book is it give detailed strategies to battle critical and defensive behaviors. These two traits are like a revolving door of doom for otherwise happy couples.…

Read More