Intensely Spirited

My boys are what you would call spirited.  Learning more about the depth and breadth of their spiritedness has helped me tremendously.  They aren’t necessarily trying to be purposefully defiant, they are showing me that I am missing the mark somehow (not being fully present or accepting them as is). In this blog post, I

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Spirited Children

Have you ever had those moments when you are in a crowd of other parents and their children and you wonder why your child is the only one going off the rails?  I cannot tell you how many times this has happened to me over the very busy course of raising my two wonderfully unique boys.

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Retiring Minds Want to Know

In raising my boys, I’ve had to come to terms with their competitive nature.  It doesn’t mean that I happily embrace it every day, but it helps me not get so mad at them for being who they are.  They love to compete in sports, academics and above all else, they love to compete against

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Crime and Punishment

I have to admit, I took a hard-line approach to discipline with my boys when they were younger.  I did everything I could to establish my authority which was really more about me wanting to control my kids.  Believe me, I suffered some serious backlash.  As they have gotten older, I’ve been able to let

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Great Expectations

Recently,  I have been participating in a tele-seminar called ‘The Art of Conscious Parenting’ facilitated by Dr. Shefali Tsabary.  Dr. Shefali is a clinical psychologist who blends Eastern mindfulness with Western psychology.  Her teachings consider the inner, emotional experiences we all have and how this shapes our external, parenting circumstances.  To learn more about her

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