Reflections: Life Lessons for Children in the Midst of the Co-Vid Crisis

One of my most powerful memories from childhood involves a fear of thunderstorms and lightning.  We grew up in the Midwest, where severe summer storms were quite common.  I can remember looking for my mom one day in the house, and finding her out in the middle of the garage with the garage door open, … Continue reading Reflections: Life Lessons for Children in the Midst of the Co-Vid Crisis

Bonding Well with Your Toddler

Toddlers are the total package.  They are little bundles of energy excitedly exploring the world around them for the first time, seeking to experience everything through the lens of naivety and innocence, and running into their mothers' reassuring arms when something unexpected suddenly curbs their enthusiasm. Toddlerhood is a sweet and tender time that you … Continue reading Bonding Well with Your Toddler

Recognizing Post Partum Depression

Warm wishes, smiling visitors, balloons, flowers, swooning family members... They say this is supposed to feel amazing, but something inside is amiss.  You don't feel right. Something doesn't feel like it should.  Gazing down at your sweet newborn, you aren't feeling the way you thought you would.  Perhaps instead of feeling energetic and wanting to … Continue reading Recognizing Post Partum Depression

Parenting Through Divorce

Almost fifteen years ago, I had the privilege of shadowing a child psychiatrist who specialized in helping parents navigate parenting through the stressful and often conflict ridden period of separation and divorce.  In her office, there were three pairs of shoes.  On each side were parent's shoes, and in the middle a pair of children's … Continue reading Parenting Through Divorce

Handling Sibling Rivalry

We all envision our children getting along well, loving each other, and supporting each other.  We want their bond to be tight, reliable, and consistent.  Throughout the storms of life, and well beyond our passing, we desire that they lean on each other and serve one another with love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness. When siblings … Continue reading Handling Sibling Rivalry

Avoiding Bedtime Anxiety

For parents, daytime is busy and filled with activity.  As the days wind down, our environments become quieter and our bodies are more still.  Naturally, our thoughts in turn become louder and many of us mentally rehash the day and what needs to be planned for tomorrow.   Those who are anxious tend to become more … Continue reading Avoiding Bedtime Anxiety