Learning to Ask for help – why do we expect so much from ourselves?

A few years back I read a popular book called “The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant. It was an historical novel written about biblical times, specifically Dinah, the daughter of Jacob and brother of Joseph. It was an entertaining read that I highly recommend. What was particularly compelling for me Continue Reading

Assertive or Aggressive? When to act

Most parents experience the anguish that comes with watching their child harm another little one. This is especially challenging as it can be an emotionally charged issue for any adults in attendance, let alone the child in harm’s way. Yet for the child who is demonstrating the aggression, it is Continue Reading

Navigating upset for 5 & unders.

There are few more challenging moments for parents than a young child’s upset. One can never be perfectly ready for every little bump in the road their child experiences. There are so many sources of upset throughout the day. Sometimes they are physically hurt, other times they are distressed over Continue Reading

Love: An Algo-Rhythmic Study Wins Best of Fest at Calgary Fringe

“Love:” had it’s maiden run at the Fringe Festival in Calgary Alberta this past summer. Restaged to fit into a dramatic setting, the 3 woman show moved between modern narrator (Carrie Kalmykov) and an old-school piano bar setting (Lauren Woods, vocals; Margaret Dahlberg, piano) The 55 minute show was awarded Continue Reading

Remorse and Forgiveness: Setting your child up for a lifetime of success

Remorse: ‘Say you’re sorry’ isn’t enough: Seeing your child cause tears in another is a difficult moment. Often a caregiver’s immediate reflex is to quickly command “Say you’re sorry!” However, there is far more opportunity to teach children to ‘clean up’ their emotional impact on others when navigated appropriately. Why not Continue Reading

How do I get my Toddler to Respond to my Directions?

I have a distinct memory of stepping into an elevator once to be greeted by an adorable toddler in a stroller with her parents. Her big beautiful smile filled my heart with warmth and I found myself smiling back and saying “Hello!” Our wonderful connective moment was suddenly disrupted by Continue Reading

From Classical Pianist to Family Coach in 20 years or more. . .

When I described my website content to my designer, he had a puzzle to solve: How do you cohesively represent a person who wishes to be promoted as a musician, early-childhood music specialist, song-writer, composer, piano teacher, music therapist and finally. . . FAMILY COACH???  This was an evocative question Continue Reading