Breathe In, Breathe Out – Free Printable

Breathe in breathe out - free printable. Motivational/inspirational printable. Instant download.

Life can be hectic sometimes. It can sweep you up and make you forget about all the small beautiful things around you. With that in mind, I have a gift for you today. Or for the day when you will need a little encouragement. We all need to be reminded more to breathe deeply and to … Read more

6 Things To Do When You Are Low on Willpower

What do you do when you feel low on willpower? When you just don't have it in you to put the cookie aside and make a healthy choice instead. I have some good news for you: you're not alone. It turns out that willpower is a limited mental resource and there are a few things you can do to replenish it. Read about the 6 things you can do when you are low on willpower.

Willpower. That mysterious force that drives us to build our dream career, eat a salad instead of a cupcake, read interesting books instead of mindlessly watching TV, exercise, show endless patience while raising our children and much more. Basically, it’s the force that helps us make the right choices and reach our goals, whichever they … Read more

How the 4 Rules of Improvisation Can Make You a Fun Parent

How The 4 Rules of Improvisation can make you a fun parent. A lesson inspired by Tina Fey's "Bossypants"

During my past few years of adulthood, I feel like I partially lost the ability to play. Every time I watched kids play, my mind drew a blank when it came to getting involved in their games.

The only thing that I was capable of doing was to smile and say “That’s nice” a lot. Does that make me fun? I sure do hope so!

Recently, I just took a break from reading parenting books to read Tina Fey’s book “Bossypants“.

Among other things, she writes about how she used to be an actor working for an improvisation theater. She walks the reader through the rules of improvisation in the chapter called “Tina Fey’s Rules of Improvisation That Will Change Your Life and Reduce Belly Fat*”. Sounds promising, right?

And while I was reading this chapter I thought – wait a minute. These would work great with kids! If anyone loves improvising, it’s definitely children.

How The 4 Rules of Improvisation can make you a fun parent. A lesson inspired by Tina Fey's "Bossypants"

So here are the four rules that I’ll try to work on from now on:

1.Agree and say YES!

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How Underlying Commitments Are Sabotaging Your Goals

How Underlying Commitments Are Sabotaging Your Goals. Find out what's keeping you back from reaching your objectives and make a change.

Have you ever decided you were going to start a healthy diet? Maybe you were planning to lose weight, or complete a sugar-free month challenge, or prevent a health issue, or maybe you were at the beginning of a “New Year. New You”. Then, one day, you passed by that pink, bubbly, amazingly smelling cupcake … Read more

Why Empathy in Parenting Doesn’t Mean Indulgence

Why Empathy in Parenting Doesn't Mean Indulgence. How to communicate better by connecting first. Find the balance between empathy and discipline.

“Empathy is feeling with people. It’s a choice, and it’s a vulnerable choice because in order to connect with you I have to connect with something in myself that knows that feeling.” Brené Brown

Understanding children’s emotions

This post is inspired by a book I’m currently reading, and thoroughly enjoying, called “Pride and Joy: A Guide to Understanding Your Child’s Emotions and Solving Family Problems“, by Kenneth Barish. Check out a  free preview of this lovely book and let me know if you like it.

The author is a therapist who worked with children and families for over three decades and he explains why empathy is important in communicating with children.

Most children look up to their parents for approval and they want to do well. But they get caught in the moment and have impulsive reactions. A lot of times, their negative reactions are driven by a feeling of unfairness.

Why Empathy in Parenting Doesn't Mean Indulgence. How to communicate better by connecting first. Find the balance between empathy and discipline.

Children and teenagers are also more prone to impulsiveness because their brain is not fully developed. The prefrontal cortex, which is the part of the brain responsible for decision-making and logical thinking reaches maturity during our mid-20s.

Toddlers have an extra barrier in communication and, therefore, extra frustrations because they don’t always have the language skills to explain what they want or how they feel.

We’ve all been in their shoes at some point. Let’s try to imagine going back.

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