Parenting Toolbox Tips

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“What do you remember as a child? What do you want your child to remember? Nina Sidell, M.A.”Parenting for Life”

When you are in the throes of parenting, the dynamic feels immediate, momentary, and specific to the interaction or developmental stage. What we often need to be reminded of as parents is that every interaction builds your lifetime relationship. Every interaction offers a deepening of love and respect, trust and safety between parent and child. Every interaction has the potential to create a memory, whether positive or negative, and offers life lessons that reach far beyond the moments you both experience, especially for the child.

To parent well over time you must be aware of consistent practices to support your strongest lifetime relationship.

Here Are Some Tips to Add to Your Parenting Toolbox:

  • Be aware of your own feelings and attitudes as you react or respond to your child.
  • Notice your triggers from current or past unresolved issues to help you be a mindful parent in the present.
  • Take care of your unmet inner childhood needs as you build empathy and sensitivity skills as a parent.
  • Welcome life lessons, “insight moments”, and “lifetime insights” while teaching this openness to your child.
  • Be sure to model healthy boundaries and accountability around your words and actions.
  • Get support if you need to gain healing, strengthen your boundaries, or personal accountability.
  • Learn about your parenting style and parenting goals, building tools that reflect both.
  • Notice the many positive interactions and behaviors that support your child and your relationship.
  • Create a home that feels like a safe place, a sanctuary for all.
  • Remember that everyone’s needs matter in a family.

Reach out to me for a free phone consultation if you need individual, couples, co-parenting, family or child therapy and support. I also work with parents and families during and post-divorce.

Call: 215-628-0282 or Email: Nina@LiveInspiredwithNina.com

For your copies of my Award-Winning book, “Parenting for Life” click here: https://www.amazon.com/Parenting-Life-Nina-Sidell-M-A/dp/1506175589 

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The Gift of Optimism!

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“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” Helen Keller

What happens to you when things around you are not working, are difficult, or are falling apart? Do you practice living consciously and with gratitude and optimism or do you sink into the depths of fear, panic or despair- cognitively and emotionally?

Ultimately, you are in charge of your responses to life events, other people, and things outside of your locus of control. You have learned coping skills and attitudes that grow with your life. It starts with what you tell yourself, then how you feel, and lastly the action steps that you take as a result of your thoughts and feelings. Even if you don’t know how, it is up to you to be responsible for how you manage your life. Optimism in particular when practiced consistently creates positive thinking, manageable and pleasant emotions, and positive action steps as life events naturally happen.

Typically, I do not share personal experiences yet my attitudes, training, wisdom, and opinions shine through. At the moment I am experiencing exactly what my written words describe. I am holding positive thoughts as things keep breaking and water keeps finding its way into my house as other things are getting fixed. While it is challenging, I feel my optimism is also being challenged. I realize all will be well and hope that I have a kind and generous insurance adjuster.

Optimism is the gift that this experience is bringing me. Things break and then get fixed. People falter and then they become stronger. Relationships change or evolve and each person can build their capacities for greater love and wisdom. This is only a house even though it is my home. It feels important to to focus on things getting resolved and repaired. It is important I know this as I build my business and heal from surgery, to keep a sunny outlook is the only path worth taking.

Studies show that optimism is about 25 percent inheritable, and then there are other factors that affect our positive mental attitude including historical environment, coping skills and socioeconomic status that are often out of one’s control. Yet that still leaves a solid amount of learning space to develop a more optimistic outlook as adults. So if you’re someone who tends to see the negative in a given situation, there’s hope.

“Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you ignore life’s stressors. You just approach hardship in a more productive way,” says Kimberly Hershenson, LMSW. Science shows that those with an optimistic outlook have better cardiovascular health and a stronger immune system, earn a higher income and have more successful relationships.

So whatever is going on and whatever you hope to come about, the gift of optimism is at your continual disposal. All you have to do is know that all will be well somehow and to cope with the gift of good thoughts and a positive attitude.

Live Inspired! ® Nina~

For copies of Nina’s Award-Winning book, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Parenting-Life-Nina-Sidell-M-A/dp/1506175589   

Reach out to Nina@: http://www.LiveInspiredwithNina.com for Psychotherapy, Life Coaching, or to be a Motivational Speaker and Workshop Leader at your next Event!

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Starting This Week! Inspiring Fall Events You Don’t Want to Miss!

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Fall Events You Don’t Want to Miss!
If you are  invested in your personal and relationship growth and development, these events are for you! 

Parenting for Life for Empty Nesters Group: Sept. 20th 7-9 pm 1st meeting

If you want a supportive, safe place to process and plan your new life!

Parenting for Life for All Parents:

Sept. 21st 7-9 pm 1st meeting
Safely process your experiences, grow your self-awareness, and learn new tools to strengthen your parent-child relationship! 

Deal with Difficult People in a Spiritual Way: October 24th 7-9 pm 1st meeting

Nina’s Powerful Workshop Series that teaches new skills you can practice! 

Women Rock! Express Your Soul’s Music Women’s Empowerment Workshop:

Saturday, November 5th 10 am-6 pm
Nina Sidell & Edie Weinstein co-create a wonderful day-long event for women!

Speaking Engagement: The Heart of Your Family:

Sunday, November 13th 10:30 am
Listen to Nina discuss this theme and her Mom’s Choice Award-Winning book, “Parenting for Life.”

Family Constellation Workshop with Randy Goldberg:

Sunday, November 20th 1:00-6:00 pm
Find truth and peace in your heart as you connect with yourself and your family history.
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Invest in yourself and your family. Get your copy and give a copy of Parenting for Life- the ideal gift from the heart. Powerful and practical, Parenting for Life offers parents with children of all ages tools to strengthen and heal their relationships. 

“If you are interested in conscious parenting, this book is an excellent guide.” Deepak Chopra, MD author, The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents

Whether you’re contemplating conceiving for the first time, are in the throes of parenting, or you have adult children, Parenting for Life provides important tools to help you connect with your growing and grown kids in new and powerful ways.

Nina Sidell, draws from more than twenty-five years of wisdom as a therapist, life coach, and–most importantly–a parent to guide others through the mazes and pitfalls of parenting today. There are three sections and homework is at the end of each chapter for parents to follow. Parenting for Life is the visionary parenting manual for individuals and couples, both before and after they become parents. It can also help heal adult children who need to better understand and forgive their parents.

Let’s spread the love movement for families everywhere! Parenting for Life is available on Amazon, Create Space, Kindle and Barnes & Noble. Go to: www.LiveInspiredwithNina.com and buy your copy from your choice of book sellers/ 

Order yours today! Go to: www.LiveInspiredwithNina.com 

Live Inspired! ® Nina~

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Keep Your Cool Around Hotheads

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World of Psychology


How many times in your life have you dealt with a hothead? That is someone who overreacts and flies off the handle, doing so with some degree of intensity, consistency, and predictability, typically with minimal provocation. When faced with a hothead who occasionally or repeatedly blows off steam in your direction, how do you process the behavior and keep your cool?

Once you’ve spent time with a hothead, you learn to expect future over-the-top reactions. Their inappropriate intensity and lack of self-control may show up in limited or multiple scenarios. You may feel uncomfortable, even fearful and embarrassed around these people. They may be aggressive, passive with explosive tendencies, unable to appropriately handle stressful triggers, or lack healthy emotional and physical outlets.  Continue Reading…

Hear This Loud and Clear!

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When you were growing up did you ever ask or hear the question, “If you could do without one of your senses, which one would it be?” It is a complex and disturbing query. As a human being you rely heavily on your senses (along with your intellect and emotions) to navigate this thing called Life. Our senses have been called, intelligences, minds, perceptions, sensations, sense organs, sensory skills or deficits, sentient feelings, and physical sensations.

Like many people who enjoy the vast musical offerings during the summer months, I too, love outdoor concerts in abundance. There is something special about feeling the warmth of a summer’s day or sultry summer evening while listening to wonderful live music. While traveling across three states with a friend to attend a music festival recently, I was reminded of just how important our senses are. We often take for granted that which our bodies can do without effort or question. Continue Reading…