Authenticity: The Hardest Truth

My business, Visible Child, has a tag line that means a great deal to me, and is at the heart of the work and writing that I do every day: “As a matter of fact, they DO come with instructions.” As you may have figured out, it is in reference to the omnipresent comment expressed Authenticity: The Hardest Truth

Choices: Why? When?

I’ve encountered a lot of misunderstandings about offering children choices recently. I’m hoping a rundown might help.  Today, focusing on why and when choices are a good idea. 1.  Why offer choices?  One of the most critical and valuable pieces of advice we can receive in today’s social media-saturated world is “Don’t Read The Comments.”  Choices: Why? When?

On Being “Strengths Based”

When I describe my work, I proudly say that my perspective is “Strengths Based.”  Recently, some people have asked what that means (Oh.  Good point). Every one of us, regardless of the type of work we do, carry biases and values.  If someone tells you they have none, run, do not walk, in the opposite On Being “Strengths Based”

101 Dead Mothers and Other Tales for Children

Bambi.  The Land Before Time.  Finding Nemo.  Frozen.  Tarzan.  The Lion King.  The Little Mermaid.   Kung Fu Panda.  Ice Age.  Beauty and the Beast.  Despicable Me.   Countless fairy tales. Dead mothers.  Dead fathers.  Missing parents.  But mostly mothers, mostly dead mothers.  Trauma, trauma, and more trauma.  What are we thinking?  As some of you know, 101 Dead Mothers and Other Tales for Children

I’m All About The Kids

As a critical consumer, one of the things I want to know most about it bias…because it’s always there. When I read studies, I want to know who funded them.  I want to know the political or personal or religious beliefs of the authors. When I read an article or watch a news story on I’m All About The Kids