MLK Day: A Family Conversation…

Perhaps you have made plans to see a movie on your day off with the children, or to go shopping at the mall. Or perhaps your kids will be with a sitter while you're at work - I know, not all of us get this national holiday off! May I humbly suggest that whatever your plans, you take just a few minutes to sit down with your children and talk about WHY tomorrow is a national holiday, WHY they don't … [Continue reading]

“Put on a Happy Face” and More Anti-Stress Tips to Teach your Kids for 2014

  I wanted to share few other helpful tips I gleaned from the "THINK" interview on stress-free and happy living. (My first article on the 5 principles for stress-free living) These are great insights, little life "lessons" to discuss with your whole family! Smiling really does trick your brain into being happier! Reminds me of a slightly obnoxious song that has stuck with me … [Continue reading]

Sprinkle a Little Gratitude Into Your Attitude….And Other Tips for a Stress-Free 2014

 "The pursuit of compassion has made me happier than the pursuit of happiness." Dr. Amit Sood This week I got to enjoy some one-on-one time with my little Ellie (4) who was sick with a fever and runny nose. No parent likes for their little one to be sick, but it doesn't mean we can't appreciate the special, tender care-giving singing "You Are My Sunshine" to her as I … [Continue reading]

4 Secrets of a HAPPY FAMILY!

Listen to the story I recently heard this author interview on NPR, and as I listened I thought to myself, "I have got to get a book published!" He is echoing so much of the things I preach (and try to live) in my "Parent with Purpose" seminars. But, honestly, I think my way of incorporating music and the 3 R's makes it all a lot more natural, accessible, connection-building for young children … [Continue reading]

5 Ways to Make it a Happy Parenting New Year!

This morning, I was busy sending my kiddos out the door with the babysitter for an adventure at the Fair Park Aquarium to increase my own happiness by getting to check some things off my to-do list today before going back to work next week. As I packed their lunch and sipped cold coffee in my bath robe, I overheard some of the fascinating interview on the Diane Rehm Show about happiness. Here is … [Continue reading]

Are You Parenting for Authentic Success? 10 “Baby-Steps” to get you started…

MJ and buddy Trenam are passionate about MUD!

We hear SO MUCH (too much) in our society today about how to succeed, how to help our children … [Continue reading]

NurtureShock Lessons: Talking to Kids about Race

One of my dear friends grew up in small-town Tennessee. His grandmother (who had never heard of … [Continue reading]

How Long, O Lord, How Long?

Here is a piece I wrote for our church "Advent" blog, NorthPark Presbyterian church Blog: Advent … [Continue reading]

Christmas Mini-Camp for Mini-Campers, 2014!


More After-Christmas SPIRIT and MAGIC for your little Elves! Monday, Tuesday & … [Continue reading]

Holiday Season Seminar: Connect with your Kids at Christmas!


 YOU'RE INVITED! FREE Seminar: Connect with Your Kids at Christmas! A Christmas Playdate & … [Continue reading]

Full of Thanks and Giving! 10 Thanksgiving Ideas for your family from mine…


I am snuggled with my Ellie girl on the couch under a blanket this lazy Wednesday morning, enjoying … [Continue reading]

MY Top 10 Signing Stories! Come “Sign and Sing” with Me on Saturday!

MJ signing "wind" as he's feeling it, at the Arboretum, March 2008 "Sign and Sing Your … [Continue reading]

Let Your Light Shine!


What I know for sure: Every child, every person is born with an inner light, a unique God-given … [Continue reading]