How to Structure an Effective Family Meeting

The core of the family meeting revolves around the weekly agenda. For most families, an agenda will look something like this: Check-in Weekly schedule for each person Issues or challenges Upcoming events Meal plan Each meeting needs someone to record at least the schedule and meal plan. Ideally, the “secretary” will also make notes about [...]

By | 2017-07-25T18:59:53+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Communication|0 Comments

Stress-Free Family Holiday Tips

  What is it about the holiday season that leaves so many people stressed and anxious? Is it the extra social commitments? The financial burden of gift-giving? For many people, it is the prospect of spending time with extended family and all the history that holds. While some of us have wonderful memories of childhood [...]

By | 2017-06-12T20:25:40+00:00 December 7th, 2016|Adults, Children, Communication, Parenting, Teens|0 Comments

The Value of Attunement

In my post on attachment parenting with teens, I talked a bit about the value of listening, and it got me thinking about the kinds of communication we use, particularly with our children. I came up with three kinds of communication—three ways in which we engage. To share or impart information To provide instruction, direction, [...]

By | 2017-08-14T16:20:14+00:00 March 18th, 2015|Attachment Parenting, Children, Communication, Teens|0 Comments

Attachment Parenting with Teens

How do we stay connected in the face of our teen pushing away & pushing for more autonomy? It does seem like an odd contradiction – they want less–or nothing– to do with us, and we want to stay connected to them. It seemed much simpler when they were younger… So what is the key [...]

By | 2017-11-03T23:55:39+00:00 March 10th, 2015|Attachment Parenting, Communication, Teens|0 Comments