This printable worksheet builds resiliency in kids by empowering them to acknowledge and write down their dark cloud feelings to release them. But then we remind kids that after the rain, you may see a rainbow, but you have to look up. Looking up and remembering the positives and gratitude we have in our lives helps to retrain our brain when we have dark clouds, or negative thoughts.Read More
If you’re looking for a way to start a morning routine for your kids, you might be living in the same world so many of my clients are. You’re looking for a way to keep your household running without having to be the one running every single thing. Sound familiar? Want to know a little secret about why your kiddos may be having a hard time focusing, staying on task or following through at home? Their brains may be overloaded by requests, reactions and responses. It’s called ‘decision fatigue’ and it can be crippling to a kid.Read More
GRATITUDE WORDS TO INSPIRE YOUR NEXT THANK YOU CARDS
When was the last time you sent a card to a friend? A note to say you appreciate them? If you’re like many of us, it’s been awhile. Hopefully by checking out this list of gratitude words, you’ll be inspired to pick up a box of blank cards at Target and get to it!Read More
YEP, I GOT MY 13-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER A FLIP PHONE.
Parenting isn’t easy under the best of conditions. Life is busy. Children today are becoming more distracted, stressed and anxious and scientists are beginning to point to one main source for this: smartphones.
I am not saying smartphones are the root of all of our problems. I am saying that if our brain architecture is wired so that human to human interaction is essential for our wellbeing and if you look at how our smartphone habits have cut down on our face to face brain-building interaction time, you can see how this starts to influence our the brain development and mental wellness of our children.Read More
With the new school year we usually are dealing with new and changing emotions…from our kids and ourselves. Have you had anybody ask you, “Are you so excited for the kids to go back to school?” or asked your kids, ”Are you excited to go back to school?” Because if you are like me that is a very simple question with a very complex answer. Personally, as a mom and teacher, II feel excitement, joy, happiness, dread, unease, hope, worry, sad, relieved and uncertainty, How’s that for feeling all the feels? And that’s what most kids feel too. I am allowed to feel all my feelings, but I get to pick what I want to focus on and I am choosing to feel PEACE.Read More
It seems counter-intuitive as a parent that one of the best things you can do is to let your child fail. Emotionally it can be pretty rough on everyone, but to develop the skill of resiliency means your child will have a major key to success and happiness according to brain research.Read More
I want to tell you real quick about one of my coaching clients, Brian. He came to me for some academic tutoring for math. He was in a classroom situation that not, not Brian, but other children in the classroom had caused major disruption. There seem to be not a whole lot of classroom expectation or behavior help. So it was a little chaotic in there and because Brian was quiet and he went with the flow, he sort of fell under the radar as the teacher was dealing with children with some major behavior issues.Read More
Spending Brain Dollars Mindfully
Have you ever thought about your brain as a bank account? I sure hadn’t until I paired up to talk to the amazing Melissa Wolak. Melissa has been in the brain game for years and I believe we share the same super power in translating what is happening in the brain into truly applicable, easy steps for changing lives through mindfully noticing your mind.Read More
How Mindfulness Can Make Molehills out of Mountains
Have your heard the expression making mountains out of molehills? Basically it means something a way bigger deal than it really is and my guess is that if you are a parent, you are experiencing some tiny human in your life making big deals out of things that don’t need to be.
What’s the antidote?Read More
Katie Hensel is a dynamo. She leads the Tri4Schools organization and it amazing at running a successful nonprofit that trains kids to do triathlons but, just like The Rooted Family, Katie knows that the real training starts from the inside out. She also does this with an even-keeled elegance and grace in running shoes that make you sit back and take notice.
How do you go for your dreams as a mom while still supporting the dreams of your family as well as the dreams of over 13,000 kids? Katie breaks it down for us. I am honored to have her as a guest this week and even more honored and grateful that I get to call her friend and partner in crime in trying to help kids learn the skills to live and embrace their best lives. When we teach kids these skills we all win!
Frustration is a part of life. How you deal with life’s frustrations can determine your success in navigating future frustrations as well as resolving conflicts and frustrations in a way that doesn’t leave everyone drained and strained. How we help kids train their brains to deal with frustration directly impacts whether they continue their current pattern of habits and behaviors or learn how to choose more productive, positive ways for how they would like to respond to life.
If we, as parents, deal with their frustration by having our own frustration meltdown, we aren’t solving the problem or teaching kids any meaningful way to change the outcome. What we are showing them is that we, too, have no control of our emotions, so why bother having control? We might as well just let them take us down the river that empties into despair and doubt.
In this episode we explore teaching our kids how to respond based on how we are feeling and not being sucked into the emotional drama and dirty work of others. Sometimes kids (and grown ups if we are being honest) have a hard time distinguishing between how they feel about something if everyone else is voicing their emotions and it sometimes leads us down a path of destruction.Read More
Join me as I explore the brain booster gratitude and how it can help when we need to take a moment and notice our busy is actually keeping us from seeing the important things in life.
Includes things you need to figure out to wire your brain for less busy and more brain wellbeing.
Looking for Book N’ Breathe? Here it is: Book N’ BreatheRead More
You asked, we answered. I polled the best and the brightest of the bunch and we’ve got your answers to questions you’ve been looking for. Questions like, what skills does my child really need to know to start kindergarten? This episode also has nuggets of wisdom like how to use a mystery box to make chores fun. And if you need to help your child with scissor skills, let me share with you a tip that works! Enjoy!Read More
Feeling like you are running on empty by the end of the day? Feel like you start the day with stress and chaos? Well, a few small tweaks and my start your day FREE journal page are all you need to set your self up for success. I love answering parenting questions and I think this one from a workshop I did will resonate with lots of parents today. Do these things and watch your stress decrease and your parent power increase. When we win as parents our kids win too! Happy listening! When we run the day, instead of the day running us, we create meaningful purpose that wires our brains for happiness and success.Read More
The first podcast! Hooray. Join me as a I give some background into how The Rooted Family came to be and getting sad, mad, really angry and embracing mindfulness spurred me into starting The Rooted Family and am why I am on a mission to turn around today’s statistics for our kids and families. I This is a grass roots, grow roots movement. Thanks for joining!
Every holiday season, I get asked the same question over and over and over...
No, it’s not about the the man in the big red suit.
WHAT ARE SOME GOOD CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR TEACHERS?
I have been told that helping parents come up with teacher gifts is one of my superpowers (because I, like Johnny Cash, walk the line since I am both teacher and parent) and as I noticed the questions coming in this holiday season, I decided to take a break from the usual blog post to give you a list of my faves. I know parents want to give teacher gifts that they will love and actually use so put down that mug (we love you, but no more mugs) and get reading!Read More
Yes, there is a way to do it...trust me. As a teacher and a parent, parent-teacher conferences can be fruitful and yield an amazing opportunity to acquire information about your child’s education OR they can be a waste of time. Parents, it’s really on you.Read More
Kelly McElwain is a powerhouse of personality, grace, and kindness. She is very goal-driven and her method works! It has helped her create her own business, rock and win fitness competitions, raise a kind boy, and maintain a humble, sane, aligned sense of self. Her goals are dreams she has made a reality and I am honored to call her my friend.Read More
Are you a Very Busy Spider or a Very Focused Spider?
I believe that poor spider got mislabeled. Her web was on point...and she got it done in her time frame. She was a productive, focused spider...not a Very Busy Spider.
I love Eric Carle, but I am kindly asking for a re-write.
I mean, come on…Read More