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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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From Manager to Consultant: Evolving Your Parent-Child Relationship for The Teen Years

Parenting a teenager evokes a powerful combination of conflicting emotions: pride and worry, joy and frustration. Indeed, this phase of life can be just as challenging for parents as it is for their kids!  The parent-child relationship fundamentally changes as your children turn into young adults. While this transformation is rewarding to witness, it also […]
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Dear Katherine: My Child is the Disciplinarian Instead of Me!

Hello, Conscious Parent! Welcome to “Dear Katherine,” a monthly Q&A with real-life parents/caregivers. If you’d like to submit a question of your own, email me at Dear Katherine, My wife and I have two children, ages 10 and 7. Our older daughter feels that we let our younger son “get away with” things that she […]
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