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Weekly parenting tips to grow the social and emotional capacity of your children and family.

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September 20 – Parenting as an executive

“Many moms are caught in the day-to-day, unpopular middle management grind. The space where we’re living someone else’s dream, monitoring outcomes, maintaining schedules, ensuring the health and wellness of all members…” says Amber Coleman-Mortley, blogger at Mom of All Capes and creator of the popular podcast Let’s K12 Better. Her advice—moving from middle management to executive leadership. That is, delegating tasks and empowering the children to be active contributors. For more details, read Amber’s great post

Anti-Racist Parenting Resource

This week, I will be talking with friends at HITN Learning about how to raise children who appreciate diversity and act against racism. Join me on Thursday for a great conversation! Details here.


September 13 – Raising an Adult

Distance learning, working from home, no after-school activities… parents and children are spending A LOT of time together these days. The question is–are parents taking this opportunity to raise kids who are self-sufficient, can handle setbacks and advocate for themselves? Or are they solving their problems and protecting them from failure? If you want to raise resilient and strong children, you need to do the former. Here are some tips from Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult

Anti-Racist Parenting Resource

How Mindfulness Can Defeat Racial Bias. In this Greater Good Science Center article, Rhonda Magee talks about how cultivating moment-to-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, and surroundings can a solution to implicit racial bias.


August 30 – Social Skills for Zoom

“Socializing is a muscle” says Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. For shy and introverted children, having to “exercise” their social skills again through zoom meetings or in-person instruction, may feel like climbing a mountain with no gear or training. If your child is showing unexpected behaviors, consider what they are trying to communicate through their actions. Going back to school can create stress and anxiety for many children, especially those who are introverted.

As a parent, you can support your children’s social development by discussing their challenges and providing developmentally appropriate choices. Check out these great  tips to support your child by Christine Bader, author and co-founder of The Life I Want, a storytelling project with Eva Dienel.

Anti-Racist Parenting Resource

NPR Podcast CODE SWITCH–It’s the fearless conversations about race that you’ve been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, this podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. It explores how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation—because we’re all part of the story.


August 23 – Back to School!

How are you feeling about the start of the new school year? While some parents may feel relieved that the kids will have structured learning time, others are overwhelmed trying to figure out how to balance distance learning (or a hybrid model) with their own job responsibilities. No matter how you feel, remember that these are very challenging times and that we are all learning as we go.

In order to ease the transition back to distance learning, check out these practical tips to support at-home learning. Here’s to a great start of a school year like no other!

Anti-Racist Parenting

Based on popular demand, I will be sharing one resource each week to help you discuss topics such as racism, discrimination, and equity with your children, and help them (and you!) develop the necessary skills to build social justice. While the 3 bridges to an equity centered SEL, which I created for schools’ use, can be a starting point to understand the necessary shifts, the work is complex and we will need to pull as many resources as possible to make this work happen. Here’s the first resource:

My Racial Equity: A Guide to Racial Literacy. My Racial Journey is a 10-week, guided curriculum aimed at helping us challenge the ways we participate – often unknowingly – in racism by developing basic knowledge and skills about race. Developed at the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development and with the Office’s Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Program.


Resources to talk with children about racism and injustice


Coronavirus resources for parents

The spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is significantly impacting the lives of many families across the globe.  I will be posting an updated list of curated resources for you and your family to help you discuss coronavirus with your children, ways to set up a work from home/home schooling environment , and how to take care of yourself and each other during this difficult time. If you need any support, please send me a note. I am here for you.

Happy Parenting!

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