As I post my first blog on our new Family Talk About Drinking website, I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself and share our hopes for the blog as a resource for parents.
I’m MJ – an educator and a parent coach, and I was the director of an early childhood center for a wonderful school district in St. Louis. I have more than 25 years of experience working with children and families. But above all, I’m also a parent. And although my children are grown now, I still remember the way I felt when I first became a parent.
Parenting is somewhat of an unknown phenomenon. Parents try to do their best – we listen to advice from our friends and families, we read books – and yet everyone still has so many questions.
When I first became a parent, I realized that although I was an educator and a teacher, I really didn’t know very much about parenting.
Being in education, my first approach was to read. But I realized that no matter how many books I read, I still had a lot of questions. I wanted a sound resource or really, just someone to listen. And that’s when I realized that’s exactly what I loved doing – listening, helping and talking about kids.
That led to the start of my career as a parent coach, and I’ve been doing this now for more than 10 years. I coach families, moms and dads, kids – and the model works, because it’s all based on the possibilities. We look at what’s working and what isn’t working, and we create a plan of action together.
Through my work I’ve had the privilege to partner with Anheuser-Busch to create a coaching resource for parents that’s relevant and helpful, no matter how old your kids are.
The most rewarding part of my job is watching children and parents dig deep within themselves and bring out the strengths they have inside to move forward – seeing the confidence and the joy that parents and kids have for doing something positive.
So, what do I hope parents take away from my blog?
There are lots of tough topics and issues out there when you’re trying to parent. I want parents to be inspired to do things differently if things aren’t working for them. I want parents to have hope and know they have the support they need to help them better connect with their children and make a difference in their lives. If parents feel like this is a valuable resource to help them do that, then I’ve done my job.
I’ll cover a variety of topics that are relevant to parents – from finding ways to grow along with your kids to learning how to set boundaries and build trust – and I look forward to hearing your feedback. You’ll also have the opportunity to submit questions or topics you’d like addressed through our website and Facebook page.
So let’s get started!
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- 5 Ways to Encourage Gratitude
- Understanding the Coaching Approach to Parenting
- Asking Open Ended Questions to Get Your Teen Thinking
- 4 Ways to Maintain Your Consistency
- Meet MJ
- What is Anheuser-Busch Family Talk About Drinking?
- 3 Ideas to Help Grow Your Child's Decision Making Skills
- Texting is Not Enough: Communicating with your Teen on Prom Night
- Submit Question Form
- 5 Tips for Setting Prom Expectations with Your Teen
- 10 Ways to Say No To Alcohol on Prom Night
- Parents are the Biggest Influence on their Kids’ Decisions about Drinking
- Communicating with Your High School Graduate
- Q&A With MJ: A Celebration of Mother’s Day
- 3 Topics to Discuss After Graduation
- 5 Ideas for Starting Fun Family Traditions
- Parenting for All Chapters of Life
- 5 Fun Summer Projects to Build Confidence
- 4 Tips for When Your Teen Moves Out
- 5 Back-to-School Tips
- 10 Questions for the First Week of School
- 10 Ways to Make Homework Less Work
- 5 Ways to Help Kids Through a School Transition
- Letting Go: Tips and Advice for Parents
- Communicating With Your Teen About Homecoming
- 3 Tips for Making the Most of Your Parent Teacher Conference
- 4 Ways to Have a R.E.A.L. Connection with Your Kids
- 5 Tips for a Safe and Responsible Halloween
- Tips for a Fun & Safe Holiday Break
- 5 Ways to Shift Your Thoughts for Happier Holidays
- 5 Tips for Holiday Crafting with Kids
- 3 Ways To Prevent Underage Drinking During the Holidays
- 5 Ways to Start a Conversation With Your Teens
- 5 Simple Family Moments
- 3 Questions to Help Kids Think Outside the Box
- 8 Ways for Parents to Find Balance
- Showing Love Through Accountability
- 3 Reasons to Love Others Through Random Acts of Kindness
- 5 Ways to Determine if Your Teen is Ready for Spring Break
- 4 Ways to Prepare Your Teen for Spring Break
- 3 Ways to Prepare for Prom and Graduation Season
- 5 Reasons to Ask Your Teens Open-Ended Questions
- Communicating With Your Teen About Prom Night
- 3 Conversation Starters for Graduation Season
- 3 Ways to Preserve Family Connections Over The Summer
- 4 Ways Summer Jobs Benefit your Teen
- Harnessing the Power of an Older Sibling’s Influence
- 5 Staycation Ideas for the Whole Family
- 5 Ways to Start School on a Positive Note
- 5 Ways to Help Your Kids Through School Transitions
- 4 Ways to Help Children with Self-Improvement
- 5 Open-Ended Questions For the Start of the New School Year
- 3 Ways To Talk About Underage Drinking Prevention
- Evaluating Your Teens' Relationships
- 5 Ways to be a Good Role Model for Your Teens
- 5 Ways to Encourage Gratitude
- Showing Your Child Love Through Accountability
- 5 Ways to Prevent Underage Drinking This Holiday Season
- Keys to Successful Family Meetings
- Making a Family Plan for Success
- Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships: Teaching Your Teens the Difference
- What Your Children Need to Feel Loved
- Helping Kids Manage Stress During Testing Season
- 3 Communication Strategies for Prom and Grad Season
- 10 Prom Night Do's and Dont's for Parents
- Parents' Greatest Ally in Preventing Underage Drinking? Other Parents
- 3 Conversations to Have with Your Teen Before Graduation
- 5 Tips for Post-Grad Parenting
- New School Year, Same Expectations
- Setting Expectations with Other Parents
- Defining Wants and Needs This Holiday Season
- How Family Dinners Strengthen Relationships
- Spring Forward with Your Family Relationships
- Talking to Your Teens Before Spring Break
- 10 Ways Parents Can Prepare For Prom
- Summer Guide for Working Parents
- 3 Ways to Model Positive Summer Behavior
- How To Engage Teens Through Their Interests
- College Talk 101: Crash Course for Parents
- 4 Reasons to Host Your Teens and Their Friends
- Parenting to Foster Independent Decision-Making
- Stepping Out of Comfort Zones & Why It's Important
- Combating Peer Pressure with Confidence and Independence
- How To Make a Boo Bag
- 3 Signs Your Teen Has Become Acceptance Dependent
- Help Your Kids Feel Included This Holiday Season
- Reconnect with Your College Freshman this Holiday Break
- 3 Tips for Finding Time With Your Teens Over The Holidays
- The Holiday Season With Your Teens - How to Reconnect and Set Expectations