Posts tagged parenting

How to Deal with Mean Kids on the Playground


Every parent I know has experienced the anguish of seeing their child on the receiving end of hurtful comments or social rejection. This post by writer Ilana Donna Aranzie captures this universal parenting dilemma of what to do (read: should I do anything?) and how to best support their child.


Aranzie also links to one of my posts from Psychology Today about how parents can build competence in their kids and disempower young people who bully, which was a super nice thing for her to do 🙂


Aranzie’s post:

FREE Parenting Webinar Tonight: April 24, 8pm EST


Please join me tonight for my second FREE webinar based on my newest book, Parenting the Challenging Child: The 4-Step Way to Turn Problem Situations Into Learning Opportunities.


Date: April 24, 2019

Time: 8:00pm EST

Cost: FREE, but space is limited

Reserve your spot at

Happy Campers


One of the best things about my work is getting to connect with like-minded people from across the country (and globe).  This past Winter, I had the chance to speak with Audrey Monke, founder of the Gold Arrow Camp in California and author of the forthcoming book, Happy Campers: 9 Summer Camp Secrets for Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults.

Audrey sent me an advance copy of the book and I have only superlative words to tell you how fantastic it is!  Here’s how I describe it:

Although I just got my copy of Happy Campers, by Audrey Monke, you would think I had owned it for years already given the multitude of dog-eared pages, the massive amount of notes in the margins, and the number of parents I’ve already lent the book to, urging them to read specific sections.  Happy Campers is the brand-new, but already well-worn book I wish I had had twenty years ago when I first started my career working with children and families.  It is full of practical, realistic, easy-to-implement, no-cost, research-based, transformational strategies that will help parents and caregivers bring the magic of summer camp into daily home interactions.

Happy Campers shines a light on nine overall positive practices used in quality summer camps and offers readers dozens (and dozens!) of ways to use these strategies to help kids and families thrive year-round.  Starting with ideas for building nurturing connections between family members and then exploring critical topics such as the importance of optimism in interactions, how to nurture grit and determination, helping kids experience independence and grow their individual identities, making kindness cool, building healthy friendship skills, and cultivating the kind of self-confidence that makes kids unstoppable, Monke’s book is as realistic and readable as it is invaluable. As a School Counselor, therapist, and parent, Happy Campers is everything I could hope for in a book and more!  I highly recommend it for anyone living or working with young people!




Parenting the Challenging Child is Available!



19 years ago, I took my first LSCI training. 5 years ago, I helped develop the Parents Division of the LSCI Institute, founded on two training programs. Last summer, I embarked on a new book project to translate LSCI concepts to the unique needs of parents and caregivers. TODAY, Parenting the Challenging Child: The 4-Step Way to Turn Problem Situations Into Learning Opportunities is published.

Get your copy today at…/parenting-the-challenging-child-the…/

Training available. Learn more at

FREE Parenting Webinar on April 24 at 8pm


Please join me on April 24th at 8pm for a 30 minute webinar based on my new book, Parenting the Challenging Child: The 4-Step Way to Turn Problem Situations into Learning Opportunities.

Registration is FREE, but space is limited so reserve your spot today, at  Direct link to registration form:

Our Children are Our Best Teachers


Our children are our best teachers.


Check out the LSCI Institute’s new book and training programs, Parenting the Challenging Child, to learn strategies for de-escalating conflict situations and more effectively responding to the child that you have.



What Does it Mean to “Hold Space?”


I recently encouraged a teacher to “hold the space” for a young student who was going through a very tough emotional period. When she looked at me with confused eyes, I realized this phrase often needs explanation. Here’s the best one I’ve seen:

FREE Parenting Webinar, March 27th


Topic: Parenting the Challenging Child

Description: Please join us for this very informative 30-minute webinar with LSCI Institute’s Chief Operating Officer, Signe Whitson. Some of the topics covered will be:

• Cultivating a positive relationship with your child
• Understanding the brain during stress and conflict
• The dynamics of parent-child conflict (The LSCI Conflict Cycle™)Time

Mar 27, 2019 7:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Reserve your spot for this fee event:

The Dynamics of Parent-Child Conflict


On April 15th, my newest book, Parenting the Challenging Child (available for pre-order now at a reduced price!) will hit stores and hopefully provide parents and caregivers with invaluable skills for de-escalating conflict and resolving typical problem situations in ways that build the parent-child relationship and bring about lasting change in destructive behavior patterns. Here’s some background information on the book for you:

Since 1991, Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) has been offered as a professional training program for educators, counselors, psychologists, social workers, youth workers, and other professionals working with challenging children & adolescents.  In recent years, the LSCI Institute has worked to translate its trauma-informed, brain-based, relationship-building concepts to the need of parents and caregivers.  In an excerpt from the LSCI Institute’s new book, Parenting the Challenging Child: The 4-Step Way to Turn Problem Situations Into Learning Opportunities,  the LSCI Conflict Cycle™ is introduced, explaining the circular and escalating dynamics of conflict between parents and children and offering important insights about the parent’s role in either fueling problem situations or halting them before they spiral out of control. 

Click here to read an excerpt from Chapter 1, published in Psychology Today online.

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