Less is more, right? But when is more, better? When it comes to clutter, less is DEFINITELY more! But abundance…well more is ALWAYS better!
Many of us think of abundance as having a lot of everything; material or otherwise. But what if abundance wasn’t so much about what you have, but the value you place on what you have?
In that case, abundance might look a little different. Take a moment and look around you…what do you see in your life that brings meaning? I mean, real, true, meaning. I look around my home and I see people…people who mean EVERYTHING to me. That’s abundance to me…I see all the things that I need; food, a warm home, comfy clothes, and even things that I like, such as my favorite books or the things in I’ve collected my home that have special meaning to me.
These things may not be important to someone else, and that’s okay. Not everyone is going to like the way I’ve arranged my home or the dishes I put on my...
Okay…I lied…you never really wrap up your parenting! My kids are all grown up and my lessons still keep rolling in! But alas, I am definitely older, hopefully wiser, and always searching within myself for the awareness I need to keep my parent/adult child relationships strong.
If I could reach back to my younger self and offer some advice, I’d probably tell her to not be so hard on herself and let a lot of s%*$ go. There are no perfect parents, only parents who keep trying to learn and do it better the next time. I judged myself at every turn and reacted before I acted and I gotta tell you, that was less than delightful! And that’s why I created Game Plan Parenting…to share the message I wish I knew way back then.
In Module 6, you’ll get to pull together all the tools I wish I had when my kids were younger and wrap up your own personal game plan that you can go back to time and time again! This is not a program that will be sitting on a shelf...
Nothing about parenting is simple. Every day brings about new challenges, new opportunities, and new messes, so simplifying our lives can be the biggest challenge of all! We’ve become a society where being super busy is a high-level virtue, but is that really what we want or even need?
Research says that when we get out of balance, we suffer from all the signs of stress. Emotional, physical and mental breakdowns occur, and we find ourselves spinning around but not quite getting anywhere. And, we get so numb to those feelings, we think it’s normal.
We all want the very best for our kids, but what if that’s become just too much? The secret to getting to a place of balance is about stepping back and taking a great big look at what is “over-complicating” our lives and the lives of our kids. In Module 5 of Game Plan Parenting, we get to the heart of what that looks like, with the goal of strengthening ourselves and our families. We’ll learn how...
Kids watch and listen to EVERYTHING we say and do! In fact, they almost always pick up on the things we DO more than what we SAY. Ever wonder why that is? Well it’s actually pretty scientific. Research has shown that 75% and 90% of communication is non-verbal. With kids, that sometimes can show up in a wide array of behaviors, but not necessarily an explanation of what they’re feeling.
And even on the best of days, communication can fall apart in the blink of an eye. This happens especially when our kids misbehave. We might interpret it simply as bad behavior, but what if it was more of a “clue” about what’s REALLY going on with them?
Communicating with kids who are growing and learning how to live in this messy world can be like translating a foreign language, but there is Good News! You CAN learn to speak the language, or at least understand it!
In Module 3 of Game Plan Parenting, we get to the heart of communication – learning their language...
I used to approach parenting in a somewhat random fashion. “Well that didn’t work, I guess I’ll just have to find a different way.” Not a bad philosophy really, but all that really led me to do was constantly chase after other people’s ideas and values and ultimately, I lost track of my own…I was completely rudderless...
Family values are unique to every, single, family. Values are what we hold most dear to us and can sometimes be overshadowed by old beliefs or other interfering factors that keep us from truly honoring them. Don’t you think it’s time to get to the heart of what’s real and genuine for you and your family?
In Module 2 of Game Plan Parenting, we take a deep dive into uncovering which values resonate for you as a parent and how you can create a solid foundation you can go back to again and again – especially when you feel like you’re sailing in the wrong direction. Getting to the heart of what matters...
I confess…I’m a recovering Authoritarian parent! You’re probably thinking…yeah, so what? But, wait, I don’t want to be such a rigid, demanding parent! Okay…that’s a little dramatic, and in all reality, I’m really more of a blend of Authoritarian-ish/Authoritative parent. Have I totally confused you yet?
The point I’m trying to make is that nobody fits exactly into just one box, and no one is a perfect parent – including ME! We judge ourselves way too much and we allow ourselves to be influenced by what other people think we should do, and I’m here to tell you it’s time to stop. Stop judging yourself and stop thinking this is out of your control.
I know a lot of my parent style early on was a slightly altered version of how my parents raised me and my brothers. The thing is, I started to realize that it was not necessarily MY style, and it took me years to really discover what that was.
In Module 1 of Game...
There – I said it! Yep, sometimes it can feel like a downright disaster! I’m here to tell you that no one comes through this experience unscathed. And without planning to, I personally traveled down the road with all the potholes and dead-end signs.
You know what? I still don’t have all the answers, but I will tell you a little secret…I discovered a way for parents to unlock their own greatness and truly help their children discover their own.
Through the great work of parenting gurus like Diana Baumrind, John Gottman, Haim Ginott, and many others, I started to connect some dots that weren’t apparent to me before. Those dots became a roadmap that ultimately leads to greater parent/child relationships without the judgment and one size fits all advice we all get thrown at us!
Game Plan Parenting was created to help ANY parent design their own family playbook. The knowledge and awareness you gain in these six modules will help you develop deeper...
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