boy doing homework photo by annie spratt
Capable Kids Q&A

Capable Kids Q&A: Young Perfectionist

Welcome to Capable Kids Q&A, where you send me your dilemmas about lovingly nudging your kids towards a thriving can-do spirit, and I pull together the research, expertise, and wisdom out there to bring you encouragement and ideas. (Thank you for sending your great questions; keep them coming.) Q: Last night my 3rd grader was getting… Continue reading Capable Kids Q&A: Young Perfectionist

person wearing pair of white girls rule text printed socks
Capable Kids Q&A

Capable Kids Q&A: Confidence Through Action

Welcome to Capable Kids Q&A, where you send me your dilemmas about lovingly nudging your kids towards a thriving can-do spirit, and I pull together the research, expertise, and wisdom out there to bring you encouragement and ideas. (Thank you for sending your great questions; keep them coming.) Q: Hi Sharon! I was having a discussion… Continue reading Capable Kids Q&A: Confidence Through Action

tent with lamps on coast of lake
Capable Kids Q&A

Capable Kids Q&A: Camp Fear

Welcome to Capable Kids Q&A, where you send me your dilemmas about lovingly nudging your kids towards a thriving can-do spirit, and I pull together the research, expertise, and wisdom to bring you encouragement and ideas. (Thank you for sending your questions; keep them coming.) Q: My almost 12-year-old was supposed to go to sleepaway camp… Continue reading Capable Kids Q&A: Camp Fear

Photo by Kaiyu Wu on Unsplash
Capable Kids Q&A

Capable Kids Q&A: Reluctant Cyclist

Welcome to Capable Kids Q&A, where you send me your dilemmas about lovingly nudging your kids towards a thriving can-do spirit, and I pull together the research, expertise, and wisdom out there to bring you encouragement and ideas. (Thank you for sending your great questions; keep them coming.) Q: How can I encourage my 9-year-old only… Continue reading Capable Kids Q&A: Reluctant Cyclist

woman standing beside silver coin operated scope
Capable Kids Q&A

Capable Kids Q&A: Procrastinating Teen Artist

Welcome to Capable Kids Q&A, where you send me your dilemmas about lovingly nudging your kids towards a thriving can-do spirit, and I pull together the research, expertise, and wisdom out there to bring you encouragement and ideas. (Thank you for sending your great questions; keep them coming.) Capable Kids Q&A: Procrastinating Teen Artist Q:… Continue reading Capable Kids Q&A: Procrastinating Teen Artist

father teaching his son how to ride a bike
Newsletter

The Latest: My New Article + Bonus | Can I Help? ❤️| Tidbits

Hey there, Around here winter has reached that stage I'm calling the Great Softening. Finally, finally, finally, the temperature is getting above freezing every day and the drip of water and shrinking snow promises that spring is slowly creeping in. Once again, spring will win. This, plus good news about COVID numbers, means I'm feeling… Continue reading The Latest: My New Article + Bonus | Can I Help? ❤️| Tidbits

person in white t shirt holding white plastic cup
New York Times, Sharon's Published Work

Emptying the Dishwasher Can Enrich Kids’ Mental Health

Allowing kids to try to meet (and master) real-life challenges helps them build a healthy, protective sense of self-efficacy. Happy to share my latest for the New York Times. Emptying the Dishwasher Can Enrich Kids’ Mental Health Published online February 11, 2021, and in print on February 14, 2021.

Newsletter

The Latest: How to Survive Parenthood | Quests | Something Delicious

Hey there, Over and over, I've wondered how parents of young kids are making it these days. Because I stayed home with my kids when they were small, doing that with a side of pandemic thrown in is where my mind goes first: The isolation of new motherhood without being able to go to a… Continue reading The Latest: How to Survive Parenthood | Quests | Something Delicious

Newsletter

The Latest: Art and Hope | “Crap” | Tiny Parties

Hey there, Anyone else have whiplash from this long, strange January? We started with so much hope, a fresh page. Then, worsening COVID numbers (including the illness of one of my loved ones, who has since recovered), violence at the Capitol, impeachment. Last week, I felt an unfamiliar sensation: hope. The week was rightly dominated… Continue reading The Latest: Art and Hope | “Crap” | Tiny Parties

Newsletter

The Latest: Ruined Shoes | Loved Ones | Writing News

Hey there, So much for our shiny, bright, new 2021. It's like we got a new pair of white sneakers and immediately stepped in a mud puddle. I have a lot to say, much of which I'm still working to articulate, but for now I will say this: 1) the pervasive lies about election fraud… Continue reading The Latest: Ruined Shoes | Loved Ones | Writing News