Character and Values

The Opposite of Gratitude

Character and Values

The Opposite of Gratitude

Attitudes can sabotage your potential to be grateful. And more than likely you can’t “feel” your way out of them. You have to take specific action. You have to become… Read More
3 ways to help kids push past fear

Character and Values

3 Ways To Help Your Kid Push Past Fear

I'm going to guess you wish you had a little more courage as an adult, and maybe even as a parent. We all do. Fear isn't just an emotion, it's… Read More

Character and Values | Middle School (6th-8th)

Helping Preteens Discover Courage

When we hear the word courage, we often think of these grandiose moments of bravery. Experiences like leaping off a high-dive, trying out for an ultra-competitive team, or taking your first step off a zip-line seem like the most appropriate ways for… Read More

Character and Values | Fight For The Heart

Journey to Courage

Good Advice In a pivotal moment in a movie most dads would probably rather not admit we've seen, the Prince of fictional Genovia has this advice for his daughter, the Princess (yes, as in Princess Diaries). On her sixteenth birthday, her father… Read More

Character and Values | High School (9th-12th) | Imagine The End

Developing Character and Responsibility in Your Teen

One of the ironies of parenting is that we have to give our kids freedom to fail in order for them to grow up. If you over-parent your teenager, your actions are shouting to her that you don’t believe she can succeed… Read More

Character and Values

The Truth About Trust

When my daughter was ten, I told her that I would write her a story. I write for a living and I’m constantly reading about other authors who do that. On a whim, they write their kids a story and then voila,… Read More

Character and Values

Choosing to Trust in the Moment

One of the things I admire the most about kids is the way they live in the moment. They don’t have to be responsible for things like retirement plans . . . coordinating the calendar . . . or figuring out what’s… Read More

Character and Values

We’re All a Work in Progress

As our kids grow from toddlers to kindergarteners to preteens and teens, a funny thing happens. Our focus shifts. We no longer worry so much about just keeping them alive. Instead, as they slowly but surely become more independent, we think about… Read More

Character and Values

When You Need More Hope

“It’s going to be okay,” I promised my wailing 4-year-old. Tell yourself, “It’s going to be okay.” He finally took a deep breath and shakily repeated, “It’s going to be okay.” Why was his world falling apart? Because I’d taken some of… Read More

Character and Values

3 Ways to Build a Kid’s Confidence in How They Are Made

 It seems to come so naturally to talk to your baby, toddler or preschooler about how they are made. In fact, the opportunities seem as endless as the pile of laundry that lies before you. I remember talking to my girls about… Read More