Mother and child playing in snow for Special Time

The Gift Of Special Time

“Special Time” is one of the listening tools that I teach to parents. I have used it myself as a parent for over 15 years, and it has been a gift to everyone in our family. It helps us recover from our rough patches and makes the good times even sweeter. So, in the spirit of… Read More

upset toddler

10 Tips For When Your Gentle Parenting Is Going Out The Window

As parents, we’ve all been there, or we will be someday. Our busy lives create lots of pressure. It’s awful when the patience, perspective, mindfulness — or whatever we have been working to sustain or cultivate — just slips away from us. It may feel like everything is fine until, suddenly, it’s not. Or, we… Read More

Finding Holiday Balance

Dear Parents, I’m thinking of you as Thanksgiving approaches! For many of us, pressures are mounting as we add more to our busy schedules. Family visits, even when happily anticipated, bring added stresses and tensions. It can be hard to make the decisions that are right for you and your family! Pressure to have holidays… Read More

A Review of Listen: Five Simple Tools To Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges

    Reading the new book Listen: Five Simple Tools To Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges is a little like visiting an amazingly caring, honest and helpful parents’ group. Hearing the stories of other parents, readers will feel less alone with their parenting struggles.  Parents will also feel deeply understood by authors Patty Wipfler and Tosha… Read More

Beyond Baby Boot Camp: Five Essential Tips For New Dads

  Dads are so great. You play, you provide, you nurture, you support. Often, dads find that they love their children more than they ever thought it was possible to love. And yet, I think it’s safe to say that most new fathers are in for a shock. No matter how ready you try to… Read More

When Birth Doesn’t Go As Hoped

A woman’s experience giving birth will stay with her for the rest of her life.  I haven’t met many women who’ve had enough opportunities to talk about and process their birth experiences. When a woman feels disappointed or traumatized by her birth, then the need to process the experience on her own terms is often stymied by… Read More