In parenting, I do better when I feel better. How about you?

MarcilieParenting w/Positive Discipline, Work / Life Balance0 Comments

When my 3rd baby was born, something happened to my 2nd-born.  She transformed from a sweet, cheerful, optimistic and easy-going child into a needy, super-sensitive, irritating being.  She was bugging the crap out of me.  I didn’t like the way I was feeling, and I definitely did not like the parent I was being.  So I enrolled in my first parenting … Read More

Going back-to-school in chunks

MarcilieBack to School, Work / Life Balance4 Comments

About a week ago, I found myself feeling unsettled and anxious about the coming of a new school year.  My son will start high school this month which presents all sorts of new emotional and logistical issues, I lost my carpool partner for my two younger daughters, and I had a lot of questions about what the extracurricular schedule would look like. … Read More

5 Tips for Work / Life Balance (whether you work for pay or not)

MarcilieWork / Life Balance4 Comments

“Balance” means something different to everyone.  But we all know how it feels.  And have you noticed that when you feel it, parenting (and everything) is so much easier?    To me, “balance” does not mean having equal amounts of things.  Rather, it means having as much of something as you need, in order to feel a sense of peace, fulfillment, and general … Read More

My kid uses my own parenting tool on me . . . and it works!

MarcilieUncategorized1 Comment

“I need a hug” is an actual parenting tool from “Positive Discipline.”  You can use this tool almost any time, in any situation, and it often works wonders.   Imagine that your child is having a tantrum.  You say, “I need a hug!”   Your child can’t hear you at first because he is tantrumming (or arguing, or negotiating, or … Read More