1. It is time to CONFRONT your child! (With evidence of their GREATNESS)

     Most of us have confronted our children when they are acting out.  We give our most passionate speeches, lectures, warnings and words of wisdom during these moments.  The passion and energy generally comes from a desire to see our children succeed and the emotional angst we feel when they are disobeying or making poor choices.  However, how do you feel about yourself, your child and your rela…Read More

  2. Success in College, Part II: Seven Weeks Later

    Success in College begins with a Nurtured Heart™ - Part II: Seven Weeks Later By Dr. Lisa Sharpe Chair, Institute of Art & Design Robert Morris University This fall, I taught a group of college freshmen which included three 18-year-old males who were uncontrollable, shouting expletives, surfing pornographic Youtube sites in my classroom, and preventing others from learning. By applying the N…Read More

  3. A High School Social Worker Gets Results with the NHA

    Hello, I’m April, a social worker in a suburban high school. I first encountered the Nurtured Heart Approach through a staff meeting at which Dan presented, and later at a large Institute Day. This approach impressed me, especially when Dan emphasized that the NHA had revolutionized his entire approach to working with both children and adults. I liked the focus on a strengths-based approach rath…Read More

  4. Success in College Begins With a Nurtured Heart™

    By Dr. Lisa Sharpe, Guest Blogger Professor and Chair, Graphic Design, Robert Morris University As a university professor, I am in a unique position to see the results of 18 years of schooling and parenting. As teens enter young adulthood, the training they received both at home and at school becomes obvious when they enter their freshman year of college. Living away from home and surrounded by pe…Read More

  5. Restoration: The Nurtured Heart Approach™ to Bullying

    Part II of a series For Both Parents and Teachers: The roles of parents and teachers many times overlap. Both are encouragers and educators, comforters and counselors, and of course, disciplinarians. It is critically important however, that both parents and teachers handle their child’s behavior in a way that encourages growth and self-worth rather than shame. Most parents and teachers are well-…Read More

  6. A Different Approach to Bullying In Schools: Part 1 of a Series

    According to the National Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2009 Report: During the 2007-08 school year, 25% of public schools reported that bullying occurred among students on a daily or weekly basis. In 2007, 32% of students ages 12-18 reported having been bullied at school during the school year. Of the students who had been bullied, 63% said that they had been bullied once or twice during …Read More

  7. A Nurtured Heart Response to Tommy Jordan, author of “Facebook Parenting for the Troubled Teen”

    How can we as parents and teachers create relationships with children that weather the teenage years with grace? Parents and teachers, if you have not already watched this video, please do. With over 30 million views (and counting) on YouTube, this video of an angry father, Tommy Jordan, has generated thousands of comments about a hot-button issue – parenting in the age of social media. In the v…Read More

  8. Success Stories and Tips for Teaching and Parenting

    Teachers: Three Quick Tips to Energize Your Classroom Today 1. Fearlessly Positive Before your students arrive, think specifically about the character trait you value most in yourself (kindness, diligence, hard work, teamwork, and so forth). Make it a point to draw your attention to those qualities when they are demonstrated by your students. Get excited about it! Strive to give your energy and vo…Read More

  9. Parent Questions and Answers

    1. I have tried many different parenting approaches, with little success. How is the Nurtured Heart Approach different? The Nurtured Heart Approach functions on the understanding that intense and challenging children act out because they crave the energy we emit when we respond to their outbursts. As parents, we do the best we can with the tools we have at our disposal. When our children misbehave…Read More

  10. Why should I praise my child for doing what is expected?

    Many parents ask this question. One of the main ideas of the approach is to create successes that might not otherwise exist. When we actively create these moments of success, we open the door for our difficult child and begin to challenge the negative portfolio that is filled with failure and disappointment. By lowering the rope, like Shamu’s trainers, we create successes that might not otherwis…Read More