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A Fantastic New Resource for Building Children’s Self-Esteem

I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing Gillian Beeton about her new book, Free to be Me!, an interactive journal that helps children learn that they are unique, special, creative, lovable and capable just as they are. Gillian is a self-esteem facilitator,...

How I’m Using My Strengths This Week

This week my husband and kids and I took a short spring-break trip to Steamboat, Colorado. Our intention was to snowboard (them), cross-country ski (me) and hang out together. The snow didn’t quite play its part, though, and we wound up sitting by the pool and hiking...

A “PERMA”-nent Planning Tool to Help You Do What Really Matters

One of the things I really used to struggle with was prioritizing my life around the important things rather than the urgent things – you know, putting in the big rocks before the pebbles and the sand. I’ve read Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits book and tried that...

A Fun Way to Help Your Kids Understand Their Inner Strengths

When my kids were in their ‘tweens,’ something alarming and tragic started happening: they started being less of who they really were. My wild and kooky daughter became self-conscious and subdued. My silly and tender-hearted son started wondering whether he should be...

Dear 13-year-old me…

Dear 7th-grade Kris, I know you're going through a tough time right now, and I'm writing from the future to help you feel better and get through it. Things get a lot better in high school and eventually turn out really well, but even now you possess some good and...

The Winds of Change are Blowing Our Way…

For the past few months, the winds of change have been blowing from several directions here, and the storm is now brewing in a big way. By the time it's over it will have picked us up -- think Dorothy's house in the Wizard of Oz -- and set us down in a new place. The...

How to Return to Center When Life Whips You Around

When I was a teenager, I belonged to a figure skating club. I was never a star of the show but was capable of a few jumps and spins and some of the team maneuvers. One of our more entertaining moves was a straight-line version of crack-the-whip. A single girl would...

My Playlist for Feeling Strong and Brave

If you love an inspiring song as much as I do, check out the ones I've collected below. I'll keep adding to this playlist as I find new music that celebrates who we are at our best. If you know of a song that belongs here, let me know! "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift...

Acknowledging People’s Strengths Can Change Their Lives

When my son was young, he really struggled to concentrate in school. He didn’t have attention-deficit disorder, he just had a wandering mind. There was usually an adventure story happening in his head that was much more interesting than what was happening in class....