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Saturday, July 28th, 2012 | 1 Comment
    No matter how dark my mood, a visit to my exercise studio always transforms both my body and spirit. There, I am immersed in the present tense of boxing drills and weight classes, each session different, driven by the particular group of 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 »

How Connected Parenting Can Help Orchid Children

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 | 5 Comments
According to the Orchid Hypothesis, popularized by David Dobbs in The Atlantic last year, a genetic predisposition to anxiety, depression, hyperactivity and behavioral problems may be better understood as a heightened sensitivity to both positive and negative environmental influences. Dobbs dubbed these hyper-sensitive children, orchid read more »

Adversity and Opportunity – Aimee Mullins at TED

Saturday, February 20th, 2010 | 1 Comment
I happened on a recent TED talk by Aimee Mullins this week. Aimee was a paralympic record-breaker at the 1996 games and she’s an amazing speaker. Her talk focussed on seeing adversity as opportunity. Since adversity of some kind or another is read more »

The Power of Words

Monday, February 1st, 2010 | 0 Comments
Guest blogger Kim Schewitz is a marketing consultant, writer and mother of two. A radiant summer’s day finds the sandbox wriggling and writhing with clammy contenders for the lone dump truck. Two pairs of chubby, dimpled paws simultaneously lay claim and an animated read more »

Helping Your Child Succeed

Thursday, January 21st, 2010 | 3 Comments
[Originally posted at Just the Facts, Baby] My husband and I took our five-year old skating the other day and what a pleasure it was. She listened to our instructions, put them into action and stuck to it. She fell and got up, 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 »

Jennifer Kolari on the "Emotional Backpack"

Thursday, November 26th, 2009 | 0 Comments
Check out the Fall 2009 issue of Think Magazine for Jennifer Kolari’s article about the emotional equipment your child needs for a successful day at school. To be able “to focus, to understand, to learn; and to experience social, academic and emotional 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 »

Jennifer Kolari Cited in Today's Parent Article About Parenting During the Recession

Friday, October 30th, 2009 | 0 Comments
Check out the November issue of Today’s Parent for an article on Positive Things About the Recession by Karan Smith. Karan cites Jennifer’s advice to set a good example for your children, sending kids the message that bad things sometimes happen but read more »

Teaching Your Child to be Gentle with Siblings

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 | 0 Comments
[Originally posted at Just the Facts, Baby] One issue moms often talk to me about is how strongly they react when their older child hurts, or is rough with, the baby. This is really common, especially if the older child is under five. read more »

The Queen of Resiliency

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 | 0 Comments
One of my favorite posts on Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist is A case study in staying resilient: My divorce.  Resilience is a big theme around here at Connected Parenting and Penelope Trunk, the self-styled “Queen of Resiliency,” is quite the role model.  Psychology Today seems read more »

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