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“Parenting is really one big, beautiful story and

I love telling it.”

Cara Tyrrell, Founder Core4Parenting
School, School, School! conscious parenting education kindergarten parenting school

 

School wasn’t going well for my Kindergartener. Most spring mornings it was a battle to get out the door, followed by massive, puddle-on-the-floor meltdowns when she got home at the end of the day.

 

I knew something had to change for 1st grade, but how? 

 

I worked....

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My Toddler's Behavior is Out of Control. Do We Need to Get Them Tested? behavior conscious parenting emotional regulation parenting

I raised a challenging child with big, loud, audacious behaviors. Think puddle on the floor, screaming meltdowns that often went on for 30 or 40 minutes until she expelled her dysregulated energy, then – then popped right back up and reengaged with me, like nothing ever happened.

Big...

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My Toddler Won't Stop Kicking Me! conscious parenting core 4 emotional regulation foundational skills parenting

Today we’re talking about physical behavior with our kids, how they come at us physically and how we are going to manage that.  One of my clients who's a Transforming the Toddler, Toddler Years course graduate, still works with me and we work very deeply together monthly. Here’s...

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Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner first time mom foundational skills mom life parenting skill development skills

Why your baby often crawls backwards before forwards.

Dirty Dancing is one of my favorite movies of all time. Seriously, I was ten years old when the movie came out, and spent two years begging my parents to let me watch it, primarily because I loved dancing so much. 

And at the ripe old age...

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Guest Blog Post: Caroline Tyrrell, Age 12 about me conscious parenting core 4 family motherhood parenting parenting gps parenting mission statemnet

A conversation for context.


My husband: “What do you want for Christmas?”

Me: “Finish renovating my office?” 

Him: “Ok.” 

He's a contractor by trade so I trust him and he has This Old House type vision for our home updates so I trust him even more.

He...

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When You Pay, You Play character conscious parenting family foundational skills mom life money parenting parenting wins raising children self care sense of self teaching

You’ve heard this quip, right? It’s along the lines of, put your money where your mouth is and no pain - no gain.  

In plain speak, we tend to take action when we feel invested. 

For example:

Your friend gives you free access to her newest online course and you never...

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The Science of Sleep first time mom foundational skills infant motherhood newborn skills sleep sleep soothing

In the first article, Welcome to the World Little One, we explored your baby’s basic survival needs during the newborn phase. 

In the second, What is Self-Soothing, Really? We explored the process of calming ourselves and how it connects to our sense of self. We learned that...

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What is Self-Soothing Really? first time mom foundational skills infant motherhood newborn self care skills sleep sleep soothing

In the first article of the series, Welcome to the World Little One, we explored your baby’s basic survival needs during the newborn phase. 

Today we tackle self-soothing. 

Google it and you get a lot about babies, kids, and the ability to fall asleep and calm down by themselves....

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Welcome to the World Little One! conscious parenting first time mom foundational skills infant mom life newborn sleep sleep soothing

We come into the world as brand new, tiny humans with three basic survival needs: food, shelter and sleep. Shelter represents safety. Food represents nourishment and growth. Sleep is the foundation of it all. 

Your newly born baby isn’t able to control any of these things. 

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A Life in Three Views about me family husband motherhood partnership relationships

Do I have everything? A glance at the clock told me to pick up the pace. Apron, pens, wine key, oh- “I’ll be right back. I forgot something in the car” I said, and moved briskly past them to the front door of our house. Pop “Damn” I muttered, knowing this meant the...

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I think You're Asking the Wrong Person conscious parenting core 4 flexible thinking motherhood parenting raising children skills

My daughter loves to sing and she’s blessed with a voice that, if she was willing to share it with the world, everyone would want to hear. 

Seriously, one day I yelled up the stairs and down the hall (as only the mother of a teenager can) Turn that radio down! 

It wasn’t the...

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Pick Up Your Toys! core 4 foundational skills mom life parenting trust

Toddlers dump buckets. It’s in their DNA. Well, if not their DNA it is in their healthy development milestone checklist.

Buckets of toys.

Buckets of sand.

Buckets of dad’s nuts and bolt’s stash that he mistakenly left out the night before when fixing … a toy.

It’s a...

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