This Thanksgiving I’m Thankful For…

One morning when my son was three, we ordered drinks at our local coffee shop. As he carefully took his mug full of steamed milk from the barista, I said “thank you” to her. She gazed at him with the look I’m sure all parents are familiar with: the look that is an adult saying…

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The Importance of Emotional Rest

As we enter into the cozy months of late-Autumn and early-Winter, it seems natural for thoughts to turn to rest. Sitting by the fire, drinking tea and reading stories are, I like to think, the human version of a bear’s hibernation. My mentor, Dr. Gordon Neufeld, says that “All growth emanates from rest.” You know…

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What Does it Mean to Have a Soft Heart?

In my classes and parent consulting sessions, I talk about the importance of a child having a “soft heart.” This is an intuitive term often used by my teacher, Dr. Gordon Neufeld as a kind of shorthand meaning a child who is able to feel their vulnerable feelings.  Why is it important to feel vulnerable…

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The Sensitive Child who Doesn’t Look Sensitive

Often when we hear a child described as sensitive it conjures up an image of a child who cries easily and often, is keenly attuned to the feelings of others and is physically weak and frail. It’s true that kids who present this way are often highly sensitive, but what would you think if I…

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Saying it Plain

If there were a food that your child wanted to eat and you knew that if they ate it they would be at increased risk for: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, bullying, sexism, racism, obesity, radicalization and being preyed upon by sexual predators, would you let them eat it? If they really wanted to eat it (all…

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