Character Matters. Color Does Not.

I also have a dream: of a world in which all children are judged by the content of their character, and not by the color of their skin, or their language, their religion, their family’s wealth or lack of it, or what city, country or continent they live in. Everyone...

Six Ways to Help Your Kids Conquer Back-to-School Nerves

From the beginning of seventh grade until halfway into my first year of high school, I dreaded going to school. Some days, I'd get the same physical symptoms as if I were being chased by a lion: racing heart, surging adrenaline, dry mouth, upset stomach. I didn't feel...

A Much Better Way to Read Report Cards

Do you remember that awful feeling of bringing home a report card that had a disappointing grade on it? The dread of having your parents focus right in on that grade and asking, "So what happened in ___________?" And then the shame that followed when you tried to...

Mommy See, Mommy Do

I taught my daughter to be insecure and perfectionistic and to care a lot about what other people think of her. I didn't intend to teach her these things, of course, any more than my mother intended to teach them to me. Sadly, we are in good company: Insecurity is a...

Why It’s OK to Focus on Strengths Instead of Weaknesses

One of the things I do with clients is review the results of their strengths and personality assessments. Virtually every one of them scans quickly over their positive feedback and zooms in on the things that make them cringe, like the strengths at the bottom of their...

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...

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