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Jennifer A. Williams / Parent Coach

Jennifer A. Williams / Parent Coach

Jennifer is the Heartmanity Founder and a parent coach and behavioral consultant with two decades of experience. She is a Parent Instructor and Instructor Trainer for the International Network of Children and Families and author of several parenting courses, including How to Bully-Proof Your Child and Hacking the Teen Brain. Jennifer is happily married and a mother to 3 fantastic grown children.

Recent Posts:

Supporting and Nurturing a Glass Child with Parenting Tips and Insights

Nurturing emotionally intelligent families requires understanding each child's unique needs, temperament, and experiences. Among these varied experiences, parents sometimes make unintentional missteps due to their struggles and parenting challenges. All parents deserve compassion regardless of their situation because, let's face it, parenting is the most difficult job a person will ever have! 

A parenting term that has gained considerable attention is the concept of a "glass child." This label doesn't refer to being fragile but rather invisible. When siblings with special needs or chronic [...]

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Be an Emotional Intelligent Parent: 3 Keys to Balance Love and Discipline

As a parent, parenting can feel like walking a tightrope. Every hour we juggle a zillion responsibilities on top of raising little humans. In our busy lives, it's important to know how to discipline children successfully while building healthy self-esteem.

Parenting requires us to constantly balance love and discipline with our children. What’s too much and when is it too little? How can we be firm without being harsh? What is the difference between giving unconditional love and pampering or over-parenting?

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

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Parenting Teenagers: Avoid These 5 Parenting Mistakes I Made

Welcome to the rollercoaster ride affectionately known as parenting teenagers. I’m here to share the wisdom I've learned the hard knocks way. So, grab your popcorn (or stress ball) and prepare to learn from my parenting mistakes.

Teenagers are like Wi-Fi signals. Sometimes, they have the strongest connection when you least expect it; other times, they’re just mysteriously unavailable. The teen-parent connection is brilliantly strong one moment and bafflingly out of reach the next. You can learn from my missteps as someone who’s navigated these erratic signals without the proper handbook [...]

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Keys to a Peaceful Home: House Rules for Adult Children Living at Home

A high percentage of adult children are living with their parents—a trend not seen since the Great Depression! Multi-generational living is on the upswing, and this dynamic is causing a stir.

The reasons for co-habitation are numerous: convenience, saving money, kids who are emotionally ill-equipped, young adults unable to pay rising rent and housing costs, etc. This parent-child arrangement can help adult children who get a cheaper place to live, and parents can relish extra time with their children (and grandchildren) while enjoying the satisfaction of supporting their kids for a little [...]

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37 Inspiring Ways for Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child

Most parents want to spare their children hurt or heartbreaks. But let’s be real—struggle and pain are a natural part of life. What we can do is equip them with resilience, emotional intelligence, and EQ skills to navigate life’s curveballs.

Give your children the tools to build enriching experiences and relationships. Find out how!

Estimated reading: a long read, but skip to what interests you for a 2-minute read!

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How to Effectively Respond to Disrespectful Stepchildren in a Blended Family

Becoming a stepparent is a bit like stepping onto a roller coaster. One minute, you’re excited and getting high-fives; the next, you’re navigating through a sea of moody silences and disrespectful behaviors.

Stepkids have seen their birth families disrupted, so they're on a tough ride, too. They’re processing massive feelings and trying to find their footing. And then, on top of all this chaos, you and your partner might not see eye-to-eye on how to parent. Phew!

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

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Why a Growth Mindset for Kids Is the Key to Their Success

In today’s modern world, how do we inspire children to learn? Why bother when they can just ask Siri or scribble a question into an AI app—and Voila!

These influences negatively impact our kids' motivation. To successfully navigate the effects of social media, screen addiction, and passive entertainment, it’s imperative our children's brains stay fit and they retain the motivation to learn.

That’s where you come in.

And where the growth mindset shines. It’s the internal motivation that urges us to learn and become better every day.

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

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Teach Empathy to Kids the Easy Way with One Key Parenting Skill!

No parent wants their child to become an uncaring, disrespectful adult. And most parents do their best to provide a loving home. However, this one key parenting skill is largely overlooked, yet its absence hinders children’s development of empathy. If you want your kids to learn empathy, master this one thing!

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

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Parenting Burnout Is Exhausting! Get Your Joy Back with Emotional Intelligence

When I was a young mother, there were many times I felt like I was failing as a parent—and I even taught parenting classes! It's so easy to get overwhelmed or discouraged as a parent, isn't it? We LOVE our children—but let’s face it: parental burnout is a thing, especially with both parents working.

Parenting demands a lot from us, and we're human. So if you’ve ever wanted the newborn stage to be over or wondered if you’d survive toddlerhood, or lost your cool with a teenager, you know what I’m talking about.

Once I learned missing emotional intelligence skills, it was a game-changer for me! [...]

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Best Ideas for Parents: How to Support Your Children Going Back to School Ideas

Summer’s drawing to an end: While your children may not say it overtly, they are feeling the effects of the new school year creeping closer. From back-to-school commercials to adjusting to bedtime routines, the transition from summer to school time is as stark as day and night.

We’re sure you’re feeling it, too! It’s no small feat to walk your little one through orientation or first-day jitters or hand the car keys over to your teen. We’re cheering you on and compiled some back-to-school ideas that may ease the transition.

Estimated reading time: 4.5 minutes

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