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Dear Katherine: I’m Nervous About the Teen Years!

Dear Katherine, I’ve often heard you talk about why controlling forms of discipline and punishments are ineffective. But what about when kids are in danger? Thankfully, I have yet to be in this specific position. Still, my kids are getting older. I’m worried about protecting them throughout their teen years without resorting to authoritarian discipline […]
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‘Twas the Night Before…

‘Twas the night before Christmas, And all through your home, Your little ones are stirring, They won’t leave each other alone!  You went the extra mile  To bring holiday joy But it’s not what you pictured …it’s all about toys!  If that isn’t how the poem goes…it really should be!  A quiet, peaceful Christmas Eve […]
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Dear Katherine: I’m Nervous About Being Judged This Holiday Season

Dear Katherine, It’s our first holiday season since joining the Conscious Parenting Revolution, and I’m nervous about how my extended family will react to our new parenting style.  We’ll be spending Christmas with a large group, and I’m concerned that other family members’ tendency toward authoritarian discipline will confuse my children or undo some of […]
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A Thanksgiving Message About Community

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!  Parenthood gives us so much to be grateful for every day—even in its most challenging moments. Feeling gratitude is important, especially at this time of year. But at Thanksgiving, I find myself thinking about another core value that ties into this holiday…  Community.  Thanksgiving is a celebration of our […]
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Why Being Your Child’s Best Friend Doesn’t Work

Do your interactions with your kid feel more like a friendship than a typical parent-child relationship?  Being best friends with your child sounds lovely, and it’s certainly born out of good intentions. But believe it or not, crossing this line is never in a child’s best interest. In fact, it signals a fundamental misunderstanding of […]
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