Welcome! You’ve come to the right place if you want to create a strong, loving relationship with your kids. You don’t have time to read all the books about brain science, child development and psychology. You’ve heard that studies show punishments and rewards are not effective in the long term. You feel lost when your kids melt down or when they don’t “play nicely”

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.

~ Albert Einstein

From The Blog

When a Child Says “No” with Dr. Dan Siegel

Did you know that there are 2 basic states our brain could be in? And I’m not talking about Montana or New Jersey! One state is “fight or flight”; the other is “open, connected, and resilient”. We talked to Dr. Daniel Siegel about these 2 different brain states....

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Staying Calm Under Pressure

The following guest post is from our friend, Michelle Gale. She is a Happily Family Conference speaker, and she is letting us get an insider’s peek into her new book. Here is an excerpt from “Mindful Parenting In A Messy World – Living With Presence And Parenting With...

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What question NOT to ask a child

Whether you live with kids or work with them, at some point you’ve thought to yourself, “How do I get this child to…  ...turn of the screen,  ...stop screaming at her brother,  ...get his work done, ...take the trash out?" We recently talked to Heather Forbes author...

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Preventing problems with kids before they begin

Everyone has heard the saying that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” But especially if you have kids in your life, an ounce of prevention is like having super powers. Whether you are a parent or a professional, one of the ways we can be MOST effective...

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5 Ways to Connect with Challenging Children

We asked a group of professionals what they struggle with, in their work with children. Can you relate to these too? Getting children to slow down and listen Not taking frustration, disappointment, and stress home at the end of the day Parent support...many parents...

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Empathy when a child is angry or rude

Recently we got an email from a parent who asked…. How do I respond with empathy when my child doesn’t do what I asked unless I get mad, answers me rudely by saying, “Fine!”, or is so angry that he puts his fists up to my face? As a compassionate parent, there are 3...

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