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Takeaways from 2021 Parenting Webinar Series

Thank you to all who attended the How to Raise a Well-Adjusted, Confident, Self-Reliant and Civil Adult in a Crazy Mixed-Up World Webinar Series in February. We were happy to have over 2000 registrants including parents, caregivers and professionals interested in the series and received overwhelmingly positive feedback.  As promised, we have created video links to watch any or all 4 of the recorded webinars and have also included handouts from each session.

The Pressure to be Perfect and Its Unintended Consequences
We are raising our children in complicated times where performance is valued over character. In such a competitive world, parents, educators and leaders are unwittingly passing on to their children pressure to be perfect. In turn, our children are feeling inadequate, anxious, overwhelmed, stressed, scared and tired. This talk is designed to address how we arrived at this place and what we can do about it.
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Messages to Counterbalance Perfectionism
Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders in Children

Weeding out Fact from Fiction: Marijuana, Alcohol, Nicotine & More
Parents have the greatest influence over whether their kids use drugs and alcohol. Knowledge and Communication is key! This talk is full of practical tips/resources and is relevant for parents with kids or young adults of ANY age as well as for grandparents, teachers, administrators, community leaders, and counselors.
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Drugs and Alcohol Conversation Starters
Marijuana: Weeding Out Fact from Fiction
Drug and Alcohol Prevention Strategies

The Negative Influences of Screen-Time and Content on Children’s Development and What We Can Do About It
With the advent of technology and its rapid dominance in our lives, our children are learning more about the world, life and themselves on a screen than through interactions with us. This dynamic is having unprecedented effects on our children’s wellbeing.
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Screentime and Content Family Plan
Raising a Touch Screen Generation

Boots on the Ground Parenting: Raising Children with Grit and Resilience
Our primary and overriding responsibility as a parent is to raise children so they can thrive without us. Ever feel like you don’t know what you’re doing? Join the crowd! These are difficult and unprecedented times that require a boots on the ground mentality. We need to pay more attention to what we know and less to what we don’t. We know a lot much of which we have lost sight of in this crazy mixed-up world. Come ground yourself in the basic of parenting and learn practical tools you can apply immediately to positively change the course of your children’s lives.

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How to Raise a Well-Adjusted, Confident, Self-Reliant and Civil Adult in a Crazy Mixed-Up World

Learn practical tools and essential knowledge to change the course of your children’s lives.   I’ve been sitting on my couch with families, couples and individuals for over 25 years now. Life has changed. The power of technology to simplify … Continue reading

How to Help Kids Through the COVID Holiday Season and Beyond

Every year at Christmas my great niece, Grace, and I have a push-up and sit-up competition. She is a gymnast and I am, well, older by a bunch. After many months of preparation and the family fans stacked against me, … Continue reading

Right Here, Right Now: The Power of Acceptance

The next few months will be challenging for all of us and devastating for many. The last thing we want to do is make life harder than is necessary. This is a choice. One way we choose to make life … Continue reading

Right Here, Right Now

Life is coming at us hard and fast. We are all at risk and must think for ourselves yet act for the greater good. We haven’t faced a collective challenge like this in a very long time and what a … Continue reading

Boots on the Ground Parenting: How to Let Go Without Losing Control

How many times have you dreamt of a personalized parenting manual? Let’s see, oh yes, page 54, “What do I do when Johnny refuses to go to school”. Page 332, “How do I get Mary to listen”. Page 12,658, “Should … Continue reading

Get Going, Now. Your Burning Daylight.

Nothing like parenting to make you feel inept. One minute you’re overwhelmed with your own brilliance; the next you are shaking your head with self-disgust. Effective parenting is a moving target, forever imperfect and, let’s be honest, it’s the one … Continue reading

Stop, Look and Listen

I will keep this short. Technology is a powerful and amazing tool for communication, information management and education. Instead of being used as a tool, technology has become a life-style and is robbing us of connection. Does it bother you … Continue reading

We All Have History

Have you ever come across a picture from your past that warms your heart? There is a black and white photo on my new website that does that for me. It is the first thing you see — a beautiful … Continue reading

Childhood Trauma and Its Consequences

Trauma comes in many forms and when experienced in childhood can have lasting effects that influence a person’s quality of life. This talk will cover the latest trauma research and how it is being translated into cutting edge therapies that … Continue reading