giving children presence

4 tips for cultivating a “yes environment”

December 2, 2016

Children hear the word “no” about 400 times a day. Being told “no” constantly doesn’t feel good and often times can be frustrating. The more children hear it, the more likely they are to have tantrums and power struggles, and feel disconnected from their parents. Creating a “yes environment” can help families to feel happier […]

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Thankful kids

November 23, 2016

It’s this time of year — Thanksgiving holiday — when we pause and take a moment to reflect on all that we are grateful for. A few years ago, I adopted Thanksgiving as a daily practice, and to my surprise, it has transformed my life for the better: I’ve become more centered and peaceful which […]

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Sharing gratitude on a nightly basis

November 22, 2016

Before my children go to sleep at night, I have 3 questions that I ask them: What did you learn today? What was your favorite part of the day? What are you grateful for? These questions have become a ritual for us as we have been doing it for years. We continue to do so […]

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Being present for another

January 28, 2016

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Oct. 26, 2008, and it continues to inspire parents to give presence to their children. I find the whole concept of “being present” for another person so relevant to our world. How many of us have not really been given sufficient presence by our parents while we […]

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The Gift Is You

December 12, 2013

This post was written by TheAttachedFamily.com contributor Stacy Jagger, MMFT, owner of Sunnybrook Counseling, www.sunnybrookcounseling.com. Many parents I see in my counseling office are spending thousands of dollars on a variety of technological devices for their children each year–gaming systems, digital cameras, cell phones, etc.–while the children, who are displaying maladaptive behaviors and internal turmoil, […]

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Courageous and Creative

November 1, 2013

We end our 2013 AP Month blog event with this post from Zen Honeycutt, founder of Moms Across America. Today I invented the possibility with my accountability partners (yes, I have two … it takes two to keep me in line) of being Courageous and Creative. That is my theme for this year. No more business […]

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