How Your Own Sibling Relationships Can Impact Your Children’s Sibling Relationships

    I’ll admit, I am about to way oversimplify an issue about complex family dynamics. There are people who spend years in therapy unraveling the impact from the next few points. That said, there are some fairly obvious ways your own sibling relationships, from growing up and from current exchange, can impact your children’s … Continue reading How Your Own Sibling Relationships Can Impact Your Children’s Sibling Relationships

Want Your Older Children to Really Talk to You? Practice Open Talk Time

When my girls were little, I practiced Stanley Greenspan’s floortime with them as a way to really connect with them in play. Here is a post with the basic guidelines of floortime. As they got older, there was a gradual shift from floortime to open talk time. In my family, this shift started around 8 … Continue reading Want Your Older Children to Really Talk to You? Practice Open Talk Time

Parenting with Unconditional Love Matters Most When It’s Hard to Do

Unconditional love is easy when things are going as planned, but it can become difficult when things are not going as expected. Let’s say you are an outgoing and social mom married to an outgoing and social dad, and your first child is equally comfortable in social settings. Your second child comes along and is … Continue reading Parenting with Unconditional Love Matters Most When It’s Hard to Do