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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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Does Yelling at Your Kid Work?

Stop me if you’ve ever been in a situation like this one. . .  You’ve had a long day—the kind where nothing seems to go right. Now, when you’re supposed to be enjoying family time, your kids will not stop bickering over the most insignificant things.  While they’re arguing over who can drink their water […]
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How To Teach Your Child Good Sportsmanship

Have you heard of Ivan Fernandez? Ivan is a Spanish cross country runner who has competed internationally in several long-distance running events. He entered the global spotlight in 2013, not for winning a race—but for coming in second place. During the race, Ivan was running behind Kenyan runner Abel Mutai. Abel was almost at the finish […]
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Should I Spy On My Child?

As the world becomes more technologically advanced, it’s getting easier than ever to invade each other’s privacy.  Features like location sharing combined with our phones’ ability to store every thought, post, or message we send make it possible to know what people are doing, thinking, or feeling at any given moment. This gradual erosion of […]
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Dear Katherine: Self-Started Behavioral Change Doesn’t Seem to Be Working!

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 been applying the Guidance Approach to Parenting discipline method to activate “self-started behavioral change” from within our 10-year-old daughter, which means we […]
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