Family Meetings

Family meetings are a powerful tool to build the life skills that we want our children to have.  The family meeting process helps children learn good listening skills, cooperation, mutual respect, and effective solution-focused problem solving.  The consistent...

What is your Request?

Contributed by Melanie Miller, M.Ed. Do you ever hear this at your house? “I’m hungry, there’s nothing to eat.” “I don’t want to clean my room right now, it’s no fun?” “How come I have to do chores and my friends are all out playing?” Or, maybe something like, “ I...

An Ode to the Wild Things

Contributed by Melanie Miller, M.Ed. As you may have heard, children’s book author, Maurice Sendak recently died. Mr. Sendak is greatly known for his children’s book Where the Wild Things Are, and here in the Seattle area, for designing the sets and costumes for our...

Making Amends

Contributed by Jody McVittie I regularly hear adults telling children to say, “I’m sorry.” I’m all for people (adults and children) apologizing and fixing their mistakes… but I don’t think saying, “I’m sorry,” when you might not be sorry is really helpful – for...