Smiling teenage girl on a beach
    July 22, 2014
    When Choice Isn’t A Choice

    Long before I knew the term “disordered eating,” I knew its environment. My stunningly beautiful mother maintained her perfectly-proportioned, svelte figure with Carnation Instant Breakfast, cigar…

    Self-Confidence Matters
    September 24, 2013
    Self-Confidence Matters

    Shy, a little bit anxious, and afraid to make waves, I was never self-confident as a child. I second-guessed almost every thought that crossed my mind and was paralyzed in the face of decisions, both …

    Laugh and the Whole World Laughs with You!
    December 28, 2012
    Laugh and the Whole World Laughs with You!

    It seems that laughing can be contagious.  Have you ever found yourself laughing after you see someone else laughing?  You don’t know why you are laughing but just seeing someone laugh can cause y…

    The Ageless Possibilities of Imagination
    December 27, 2012
    The Ageless Possibilities of Imagination

    Walt Disney called it “Imagineering” and made imagining fun for all ages! Young children make sense of the world through play and by using their imaginations.  They learn social and emotional ski…

    How Do You Limit Your Child's Screen Time? There's an App for That!
    November 30, 2012
    How Do You Limit Your Child’s Screen Time? There’s an App for That!

    In the coming years, technology will continue to play a large role in our children's lives.  I'm sure you have seen YouTube videos of babies and toddlers swiping through their parents’ iPads, knowi…

    A Few of My Favorite Apps
    November 29, 2012
    A Few of My Favorite Apps

    I will admit to being addicted to certain endless runner type games on my iPhone.  All in the name of research as The iPhone Mom! But when it comes to my children, I try to limit their time with this…

    Children's Interactive Books
    November 28, 2012
    Children’s Interactive Books

    I love to read.  I have about 10 books on my nightstand waiting for attention and I am in the middle of about three different books.  Before I had four children I read every chance I could get and w…

    Tool #3 for Resilience
    August 9, 2012
    Tool #3 for Resilience

    As we all know, life can be very generous in delivering challenges. A key component to true and lasting happiness is learning the skill of resilience, the ability to bounce back from challenging times…

    Tool #2 for Confidence
    August 8, 2012
    Tool #2 for Confidence

    In today’s world of point cards, smiley-face stickers, and candy rewards, children are learning to feel confident only when someone else rewards them for their accomplishments. If a child feels conf…

    Tool #1 for Focus
    August 7, 2012
    Tool #1 for Focus

    Being present, focused and aware is the starting point to happiness and greatness. However, we often spend too much time thinking about either the past or the future. When we think too much about the …

    Happy, Confident Kids from the Inside Out
    August 6, 2012
    Happy, Confident Kids from the Inside Out

    There’s no doubt that more than anything else, parents want their children to be healthy and happy. Yet studies have shown that today’s generation of children might be the first ever to live a sho…

    Tool #4 for Social Intelligence
    August 5, 2012
    Tool #4 for Social Intelligence

    Research has shown unequivocally that having strong, meaningful relationships contributes to our overall happiness, fulfillment, and well-being. Yet today children have many obstacles to healthy relat…

    Raising Daughters in an Age of Precocious Puberty
    April 19, 2012
    Raising Daughters in an Age of Precocious Puberty

    A couple of weeks ago, The New York Times ran an article, “Puberty Before Age 10: A New Normal?” that begins with a story about a young girl hitting puberty at age six. After struggling to underst…

    Early Puberty in Girls
    January 18, 2012
    Early Puberty in Girls

    Question: My 8 yr old daughter is showing signs of premature onset of pubery; she has adult-grade underarm odor, blemishes, headaches, and a few hairs under her arms. I have researched out the possibl…

    How My 4yo Showed Me What Real Equality Is
    March 15, 2011
    How My 4yo Showed Me What Real Equality Is

    As a mother of a little girl I want to raise my daughter to be strong, independent, confident and comfortable with herself just the way she is.  Because she is a beautiful and amazing person just the…

    Media Literacy
    June 11, 2010
    Media Literacy

    Our world is becoming more and more crowded with media.  Whether in our living rooms, on our commutes or in our classrooms, every waking moment can be occupied by consuming media. Whether it’s look…

    Tampontificating
    September 2, 2009
    Tampontificating

    Tampons are something that every woman is intimate with, yet most of us rarely think about the materials used to make them. I know I didn't until Seventh Generation, the company my husband helped star…

    Make Every Day Count
    January 9, 2009
    Make Every Day Count

    As parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles we get so busy living life we forgot to live! Somewhere along the way we forget what it is like to be a child. (more…)…

    When I Was Your Age
    July 24, 2008
    When I Was Your Age…

    How do our children’s experiences compare to our own experiences at the same age? The 2008 Duke University Child Well-Being Index compared high school seniors from 1975-1977 to seniors 28 years late…

    How You Can Help Your Children
    July 11, 2008
    How You Can Help Your Children…

    Here are some tips: * Keep negative feelings about your own body to yourself. (more…)…