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Three things you can do to become a happier parent.

Thursday, January 19th, 2012 | 2 Comments
Three things you can do to become a happier parent.  Check out the link to Chatelaine’s blog  ‘The Happiness plan“ read more »

RSA Animate – The Empathic Civilisation. A fascinating talk about empathy on youtube.

Sunday, December 11th, 2011 | 0 Comments
RSA Animate – The Empathic Civilisation.  A fascinating talk about empathy on youtube.   read more »

Jennifer shared her model and training counselors and staff at 4 different camps in the Ontario area.

Sunday, May 29th, 2011 | 0 Comments
Jennifer Kolari shared her model and trained counselors and staff at the following camps: Camp Kirk – Tuesday, June 21 (morning) Camp Towhee – Tuesday, June 21 (afternoon) Camp White Pine – Monday, June 27 Camp Manitou – Tuesday, June 28 read more »

Jennifer Kolari and Alyson Schafer present the “Parenting Mash-up”

Saturday, April 16th, 2011 | 0 Comments
Jennifer Kolari and Alyson Schafer present the first ever “Parenting Mash up”.  Jennifer will be talking about neurobiology, oxytocin and her CALM method and Alyson will  present on Adler’s version of attachment, social belonging and the 4 mistaken goals of misbehaviour. Crazy fun and read more »

Jennifer Kolari Does He Said/She Said on the Steve & Chris Show

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Jennifer Kolari took part in the He Said/She Said segment on the Steve & Chris Show this past Friday, October 1, 2010. Jennifer appeared with Mike Mandel, to discuss what women find sexy and what men find sexy. To view the segment, read more »

More on Mornings

Monday, September 27th, 2010 | 2 Comments
Last week, Jennifer Kolari wrote about her 7 tips for a smooth morning. For a more humorous look at the subject, check out Motherlode, where Victor (Spuds) Crawford shares his checklists for starting the day right (here and here). What makes the read more »

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Thursday, August 26th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Neanderdad is back at Motherlode with his account of his family’s vacation this summer. I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry when I read it. How did you spend your summer? read more »

For the Love of Adventure

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Guest blogger Tina McFadden is a children’s author. As a kid, I used to string twine across the furniture in my house and create islands out of stools and stacks of books, transforming my living room into a wild and dangerous jungle landscape for read more »

Ugly Betty Gets Her Braces Off – Mirroring by Orthodontist Dr. Frankel

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 | 0 Comments
Take a peak at this scene from Ugly Betty (scroll to 4:17) for a great example of mirroring. In the scene, Betty is at the orthodontist, finally about to get her braces off. The orthodontist is distracted, telling a story and not read more »

That Lovin' Feeling

Saturday, March 20th, 2010 | 0 Comments
An amazing idea from Brooke Reynolds: jot down the funny things your kids say on whatever is handy and drop it into a jar. Pull out one of the notes whenever you need a pick-me-up or a little help remembering that lovin’ feeling. h/t read more »

Beautiful Blogger Award

Sunday, March 14th, 2010 | 2 Comments
A couple of weeks ago, the Connected Parenting Blog was the proud recipient of the Beautiful Blogger Award from Single Soccer Mom! In tapping Connected Parenting for this fab honor, Single Soccer Mom writes:“I’ve decided to pass the award on to a blog read more »

Things You Never Thought You'd Say

Thursday, February 25th, 2010 | 0 Comments
This piece from the New York Times’ Motherlode is about the funniest thing I’ve read since becoming a parent. Noting a recent addition to the blogosphere that collects the crazy things you find yourself saying as a parent, Motherlode’s Lisa Belkin invited read more »

What I Was Reading This Week

Saturday, January 30th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Great Teachers. A great teacher can make all the difference in your child’s life. I know. My kids have had the incredibly good fortune of having some really terrific teachers. According to an article in The Atlantic, Teach for America has been gathering data read more »

The Fun Theory

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Check out, a site that aims to prove that “fun is the easiest way to change people’s behavior for the better.” Here’s my favorite one:Obviously, this works well with kids too. According to a New York Times article about the Tools read more »

Very Punny! Top 10 in the International Pun Contest 2009

Monday, January 4th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Happy New Year everyone! To start things off on the right foot as we get back to work and school, here are the winners of the 2009 International Pun Contest: read more »

Learning from Mistakes: Michael Jordan & "Failure"

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010 | 1 Comment
Have a perfectionist (or several) living in your home? Maybe they’ll get the message about the importance of mistakes and failure if they hear it from Michael Jordan:H/T to Jonathan Fields. read more »

Connecting with Other Moms

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 | 0 Comments
A friend of mine turned me on to a terrific new site for moms called The Skinny Scoop which allows you to ask questions (get the “skinny”) or answer questions (give the “scoop”) on any subject. Lots of fun and super helpful when read more »

Marc Kielburger on the Colbert Report

Thursday, November 19th, 2009 | 0 Comments
Check out Marc Kielburger, co-founder of Free the Children, discussing child labor on the Colbert Report a couple of days ago. Scroll forward to 5:20 to see his segment. H/T to @ourkidsnet. For related posts, check out We Day Toronto is Coming! and Programs Empower read more »

Happiness Is . . . Your iPhone

Sunday, November 15th, 2009 | 0 Comments
A new iPhone app, designed by Harvard grad student Matt Killingsworth, is designed to help you find out what makes you happy. Track Your Happiness uses e-mail or text message notifications to ask you how you are feeling and what you are read more »

It's Elementary

Monday, November 9th, 2009 | 0 Comments
Remember the classic Tom Lehrer song about the elements?Well, there’s a new game in town:The budding scientists at my house are big fans. P.S. They also like the other songs on the album, Here Comes Science, by They Might be Giants. read more »

Optimism and Resilience on Grey's Anatomy – Isaac and Derek Shepherd

Saturday, October 31st, 2009 | 0 Comments
Here’s the second instalment in an unintentional series on Grey’s Anatomy 🙂 Click here and scroll about six minutes in to see Isaac, a lab tech-turned-patient at Seattle Grace, as he assures McDreamy that he has survived war, the loss of his family, read more »

No-Mess Pumpkin Carving

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 | 0 Comments
Check this out for some Halloween fun 🙂 Here’s mine:H/T to Carolyne Cybulski at the e.p.i.c. School. read more »

Callie and Chief Webber – Empathy on Grey's Anatomy

Sunday, October 11th, 2009 | 0 Comments
Empathy, Grey's Anatomyread more »

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