I was in line at Trader Joe’s, and as usual I thought I only needed two or three things. Without a cart in toe, I was the crazy person holding — or struggling to hold — 10 different items. I was anxiously awaiting my turn to pay so I could spare my arms the agony they had surrendered to.
As I waited for the mother and young child in front of me to complete their order, I heard the boy say to the cashier, “How old are you?” His mother quickly stopped him and said, “Honey it’s not polite to…
When faced with challenges or when questions arise, parents often seek my help. I have over 20 years of experience working with children and families. The assumption is that I likely have solutions or methods to help remedy the problem. Prescriptive plans are highly desired, where the work is laid out in a clear step-by-step format.
These requests are valid, and I understand the challenges these families face. But I believe my job is to help parents reframe the way they see a challenge.
For example, I recently worked with a parent who expressed fears about her daughter getting older…
Regardless of age, the sound of constant bickering, fighting, and arguing is draining.
When I talk to parents, the one piece of advice they seem to receive often is to make sure they spend enough one-on-one time with each of their kids and the reason for the fighting is because the child needs attention. This advice is fine. However, it’s not going to solve the problem of siblings fighting. It could help, but it could also prevent you from discovering the underlying issues behind the fighting.
Below are a few tips for handling fights between children of various ages.
Once we become parents — without realizing it — we unconsciously subscribe to certain falsehoods about what it means to be a parent. For many parents, these common myths come up time and time again.
If we don’t stop to recognize what we’re adhering to, unhealthy patterns begin to show up in the way we parent. We operate from an unconscious place, automatic and reactive in nature. Here are the three most common falsehoods I’ve observed myself and other parents unconsciously subscribe to.
False. Try approaching each decision resigned to the idea that you don’t have all the answers, nor…
A while back, I was listening to author Elise Loehnen interview Dr. Bill Bengston on the Goop podcast. They were discussing the unique ways in which he helps his patients heal. Some would consider his methods unconventional. When Elise asked how he feels when he presents his findings to the medical community, his approach stopped me dead in my tracks. He said, “I always assume I’m wrong.”
I took this same idea — maybe I’m wrong — and I began to apply it to the way I parent. The results have been remarkable. The idea is not, for you the…
There is this belief that to be an effective parent you have to fix and solve every problem, and the faster you solve it the better. This leads to immediate reassurance the minute our kids come to us with any type of self-doubt or problem.
Observing my own actions as a parent I saw how quickly I would reassure my kids, in particular my daughter. For example, she would come to me afraid or nervous before a soccer game and say, “I’m so nervous about my game.” I would immediately respond, “Don’t be nervous!” This was quickly followed by words…
As a parent the question, “Am I doing this right?” has followed me and tapped on my shoulder more times than I can count. Though the pandemic was wrought with challenges, this question led to a revelatory experience that will inform not just my parenting decisions, but life’s quandaries. I believed with enough manipulation that certainty is real.
What I have come to discover is that certainty is a fallacy and that’s ok. It’s more than ok, it’s a gift.
Dr. Edith Eger was being interviewed and she said something so incredibly profound: “There is no such thing as certainty…
How the gift of pausing, changed the course of my parenting journey.
How many times do you use sarcasm to express your dissatisfaction? I would guess you usually do this more often than you’d like to admit. I have been guilty of this, and it has resulted in situations where I have not always put my best foot forward.
When my son became a teenager, I permitted myself to start using sarcasm. Partly because it’s how a teenager often speaks. …
Me: Hi, my name is Albiona.
Other Person: Wait, what’s your name?
Other Person: Ok say that slower for me
Other Person: Do you have a nick name?
Other Person: You’re going to have to forgive me, I’ll never be able to remember that.
In so many ways, our names tell the stories of who we are. Growing up with the name Albiona, did not me make feel like one of the other kids at school. Where I grew up, most of the girls had names like Jennifer, Kimberly and Melissa. …
Pick up a wellness magazine and you’re bound to find “Balance” in a headline:
Do You Have Trouble Finding Balance?
How to Find Balance in Your Chaotic Day
The Top 10 Secrets to Help you Feel More Balanced
Balance is important, and I think we have good intentions when we say we need more balance in our lives. But what does balance really mean? And why does it seem that we’re always searching for it but can’t quite get there?
I recently attended a yoga class where the instructor walked us through a balancing sequence. While in tree pose, some…