If you’ve ever wondered how to split your attention between your kids or what the “perfect” amount of 1-1 time is, today’s edition of #coffeewithkelly is for you! I’ve also got some pretty sweet tips on how to squash the annoyance to end all annoyances — WHINING! [Read more…]
Welcome to the very first episode in my new Q&A series “Coffee with Kelly!”
In today’s episode we’re talking setting our kids up for success on their first solo playdates and how to deal with “mean girls.” [Read more…]
One of my favourite things is to sit with my kids while they write and draw.
Usually a cup of hot coffee within arms reach, I’ll curl up beside them as they work on their latest creations.
First on the docket this afternoon was a family portrait, complete with geriatric mini-schnauzer and careful documentation of our ages.
Deciding that Canada also needed to be represented in his masterpiece, he set out to convince me that I should draw the maple leaf because he didn’t know how.
Encouraging him to try on his own, I found an image of the Canadian flag he could use as guidance in getting started.
Satisfied with this arrangement, he sharpened his pencil and got down to business.
As he was finishing up, he slid his artwork across the table toward me.
“Is it right?”, he asked, clearly looking for my acceptance and approval, unsure if his first attempt was up to snuff.
My heart sank, knowing I would not be able to give him the answer he was looking for. [Read more…]
Because telling our kids to “calm down” has an effectiveness rating of approximately *zero*, today I’ve got 12 quick and easy practical strategies for helping your kids find their calm.
And since I was feeling a little snazzy, I decided to make a totally free downloadable Infographic to help you work some of these bad boys into your daily routine. 😉
Because there is nothing quite like the heartache of watching your kids struggle in the face of fear or anxiety, today I’m sharing my take on when to intervene, plus the three things I like to keep in mind in these tricky situations.
Take a peek and let me know what you think!