Does your tween have the right tools?

Does your tween have the right tools?

I'm not a runner. I'm lucky I don't trip every day while walking. I tried once, and hurt myself (running, not walking). I've accepted it. However, and despite the fact that my tween is following in my genetic footsteps, I *love* the idea of her learning to run. Overcoming the physical obstacles and finding herself feeling empowered on the other side. Yes, yes, I think that is me living vicariously through her. But isn't that parenthood? 

What happens when Mom is the one melting down?

You know those times when everything seems to go wrong? Kids get sick, work is stressful, you fight with your spouse, something goes awry in your house and it costs you X amount of money you had planned to spend on that vacation... No one gets a free pass. Admittedly, I had a good ride and enjoyed it while it lasted. But then IT came. I sucked it up. IT kept on coming. And coming. And then I lost it. 

What's Your Power Pose? Change the way you feel and the way people perceive you.

Recently I went to hear a talk by Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist who teaches at Harvard. Her TED talk has been downloaded by  34 million people, making it the second most downloaded video in the world. With good reason, I discovered. The talk centers around "Power Poses." If these specific poses are struck at key moments in your life, they allow you to be fully present, in the moment, to face your fears, and essentially help you to "win" the moment (whatever it may be). 

A Dad Weighs in on Tweendom

Recently a dad connected with me to ask if dads could be a part of Moms Anonymous. Why not?! I automatically gravitate to moms, but it's equally important to hear how dads are dealing with tween issues. This particular dad and his kids use music as a creative outlet, which keeps them uniquely tied. If my family had one musical bone between us we might give it a go! Alas, we'll leave it up to this family... (Questions by me, answers by John.)