Annie Keeling, MFA
Parent Educator
Increase your child's cooperation - yes, even at an early age - and build their 3R's Self (respectful, responsible, and reliable) from the inside.

Overcome the pitfalls and traps that drive parents when trying to get their child to change behaviors. Learn tools that really work and take away a blueprint to make parenting easier and your family connections stronger.

Family Meetings: Do You?

It’s Sunday. Sunny and mild March foothills weather. Sunday is traditionally family day at our house. Today we are all here but doing our own thing. Mu husband is fixing a squeak on his mountain bike (specifically, rear-disc brakes, he just informed me.) My son is building his Lego MindStorms ping pong catapult for Science class. Before I sat down to write this post I


Chaos and the Emotional Brain

We have all witnessed something like this: a toddler tantrums in the grocery aisle when refused a sugary treat a child screams when his favorite toy goes missing a pleasant teenager becomes belligerent the instant she can’t find her hairbrush These emotional outbursts are often way out of proportion to any recent event. What looks like something small to an adult can feel like


Watch Your Language: What we say impacts family connections 

“You made me lose my temper.” “What were you thinking?” “Don’t be a baby.” “Your brothers do what I ask. Why can’t you?” Words have power. How we speak to our kids and what we say affects our connection to them. Unconscious patterns often arise in parent/child relationships. No matter the age of the child, parents can get into a trap of using disrespectful