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Launch Day!

With just a few hours until launch, the reviews are already starting to trickle in…

Oh Bern. This is beautiful. Really fantastic. I think everyone will find something in here that will be useful.” Liz Noll, mother of the author, Fort Myers, FL

“This book is fantastic! How did you get so wise? Where did you come up with all these ideas for building family connection?” Lois Bastian (friend of Liz Noll)

And as I get ready to launch this baby out into the world, it is my extreme hope and belief that this book holds ┬áideas and inspiration for all families to find ways to slow down, connect and create more joy in family life – both now while your children are home, and down the road when your children are grown.

And if you send me an email before midnight tonight with the subject “I PRE-ORDERED!” you can be entered to win one of five year long subscriptions to Brain,Child Magazine. One of my favorite magazines of all time.

And stay tuned for exciting blog posts and reviews from a whole list of amazing blogs and websites!



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Where we are now

Where we are now is not where we will always be. I think in parenting this is a really difficult concept to grasp. When we have infants, we are so immersed that it is hard to think our wee ones will one day be walking, talking, joke sharing toddlers. With toddlers, its hard to imagine that we’ll one day (soon even) have big kids that can clear the table on their own and play cards with us. And eventually, all these little people with whom we share our lives and our homes, will one day be adults with whom we will share thoughts, ideas and maybe even go to for advice.

If you want to grasp this concept more fully, that childhood is fleeting and the people we raise will be adults for a whole lot longer than they are children, here’s a fun and simple exercise…

Write down the names and ages of all the people in your immediate family – the parents and the kids. Now add 20 years. That’s it. That’s the whole exercise. The point being that it really does go fast. And the connection we seek then can be put into place now in little and mindful chunks.

Take a day off. Play in the yard. Skip the chores one afternoon and lay around and read together. Greet each other in the morning as if you haven’t seen each other in months. Take ten minutes to listen to a kids’ story about the kid at school. Turn off your phone on occasion. Turn off the screens. Look at each other. Listen. Enjoy each other’s company.

What you put in now will come back to you later a thousand fold.

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