The Parenting Coach: Ain’t Misbehaving

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BY GILA BROWN, M.A. So often parents are faced with kids ‘behaving badly’. Kids talk back, they yell, they kick and scream, and sometimes they even lie. When our children behave in ways we don’t like, our inclination is to make it stop… and fast. … [Read more...]

The Parenting Coach: Learning to Trust Your Children

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BY GILA BROWN, M.A. I recently watched the movie God Grew Tired of Us.  It’s a documentary that tells the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan: a group of 1,000s of very young, orphaned refugees who were forced to flee Sudan alone and on foot, in order … [Read more...]

The Parenting Coach: Empowering Independent Thinkers

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BY GILA BROWN M.A. Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking at the CCPPNS Annual Conference.  For those of you unfamiliar with the organization, California Children’s Parent Participation Nursery Schools, it is a statewide organization founded on … [Read more...]

The Parenting Coach: Pick your Battles

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BY GILA BROWN, M.A. During a recent trip to a local department store, I approached the down escalator to find that it had stopped working. A woman about halfway down looked back up at her husband and said, (I kid you not.), “This happened last … [Read more...]

The Parenting Coach: Tips for Stressed Out Moms

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BY GILA BROWN, M.A. The sentiment among my most recent clients has been the same. Mom is overwhelmed. Mom’s are waking up early, getting the laundry started, struggling to get the kids dressed and out the door, staying home with little ones, … [Read more...]

The Parenting Coach: Warning—Radical Thinking on Re-evaluating Our Education System

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BY GILA BROWN, M.A. Last year, CNN reported a story about college students outsourcing their homework. Apparently, there are many online companies that, for the right price will, provide a student with a unique essay or term paper on any subject. … [Read more...]

The Parenting Coach: Locating Our Inner Holiday Spirit

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BY GILA BROWN, M.A. "Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude." ~ Denis Waitley While getting in the holiday spirit ought to be a … [Read more...]

The Parenting Coach: Too Much Talking, Not Enough Listening

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BY GILA BROWN, M.A. On a recent flight to visit relatives for the holidays, I overheard a little boy ask, “Daddy, how do you make airplanes?”  His sweet little voice and inquisitive curiosity made me smile, but his father was clearly struggling with … [Read more...]

The Parenting Coach: On Missing Shoes & Unmade Beds

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BY GILA BROWN Wouldn’t it be nice if clothes and toys weren’t scattered across the floor, or if every shoe knew the whereabouts of its mate? Having a clean and organized space gives us a sense of control. It’s, undoubtedly, a nice feeling. When … [Read more...]

The Parenting Coach: Fostering Creativity in Our Children

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BY GILA BROWN, M.A. Recently, I was fortunate enough to visit the Sonoma Ashram in California, where the following story was relayed to me.  The ashram supports Bal Ashram, an orphanage in Varanasi, India.  While the orphanage and adjoining school … [Read more...]