When I Say I Want One Thing, But My Results Say Another, What is Really Going On?

Alison SmithKV Style Column

January is a great time to focus on results.  We think about last year’s and we commit to a fresh start.  If you are like most people you have probably gotten discouraged with resolutions at some point.  We all know that motivation and commitment are important.  Learning some new information or strategies can help.  Having a group or buddy is … Read More

Alison SmithWhen I Say I Want One Thing, But My Results Say Another, What is Really Going On?

Wound Up and Worn Out: When Gentle Parenting Seems Too Hard

Alison SmithKV Style Column

post canada

“So, I’ve been trying this Gentle Parenting thing and it’s great for my kids!  They’re really responding to having their voices heard.  I’ve noticed fewer meltdowns.  And they’re even getting along with each other better!” “Um…but…me?  I’m exhausted.  If this is supposed to be so good and natural for my kids, why am I feeling so worn out?  I feel … Read More

Alison SmithWound Up and Worn Out: When Gentle Parenting Seems Too Hard

Setting Limits with Empathy and Respect

Alison SmithKV Style Column

10_mes_2 part099

Most parents today understand the importance of respecting kids’ autonomy.  Most of us have not been shown how to do it and still get the results we want for our kids, though.  We are left floundering somewhere between feeling the need to control (an authoritarian parenting style) and feeling out of control (a permissive style).  Setting limits which fully respect … Read More

Alison SmithSetting Limits with Empathy and Respect

3 Parenting Tips for Staying Sane and Gentle During the Holidays

Alison SmithKV Style Column

Family portrait 01 cropped

School will be out soon and we’re all getting ready for the holidays.  This combination of excitement and preparation can get pretty stressful.  Here are some parenting tips to keep your Christmas Ogre at bay. Stay focused on the key aspects of Gentle Parenting:  Empathize.  Empower. Remain connected as a family.  This may mean only making 3 types of cookies … Read More

Alison Smith3 Parenting Tips for Staying Sane and Gentle During the Holidays