Time In

We all know what a time out is. It’s recommended all over the place. Isolate a child when they have done something wrong. Make them feel bad in hopes that they never do that again. Train that bad behavior clear out of them. What if, in the goal to stay connected and...

You Can’t Spoil a Child

I just found this little nugget tucked away in some of my writing. The world around us does not regularly offer support to meeting our children’s needs on a regular and immediate basis. Honestly, it might stretch in the opposite direction,  to some how convince...

Gentle Parenting Podcast

Last week I had the honor of being interviewed by Pam Laricchia of living joyfully. She has put it all together as a wonderful podcast and I do hope you will click through and have a listen. EU063: Gentle Parenting with Shannon...

Tie their Laces

I could write a short novel on the troubles we have had with shoes in this house. They took a long time to feel good and when they did we wore them until they fell apart,  dreading the moment when they felt too small and a transition was required. For my oldest son...

Parenting is Who I Am

On a recent road trip I fired up Shonda Rhymes book the Year of Yes on the stereo. Part way through the book she said something that made me start talking into my own recording device as a jumping off point for an idea that needed a little more of my attention. Her...

It’s time to Lead

When Barak Obama was elected President in 2008 I stood in my living room with the boys and watched history being made. And I made the dangerous assumption that this was a signal that clearly racism was no longer a part of the world at all.  It’s also true that...