Posts by Fran Hendrick

How smart phones can erode self-confidence and thwart independence (and why you might be having a hard time intervening)

How smart phones can erode self-confidence and thwart independence (and why you might be having a hard time intervening)

Soooo much fun! I’ve just downloaded the Best Wallpaper Ever. This free app turns my sleek and shiny smartphone into a miniature aquarium, complete with on/off bubble aerator, ten underwater scenes to choose from, and a selection of tropical fish that allows me to click not only which ones I want, but how many of each. It’s eye candy, especially on my extra-large screen; I’m pretty sure it’s better than the real thing. A beautiful, stress-relieving undersea scene, with me at all times – and, unlike our old clunky aquarium, doesn’t even need to be cleaned. Also “with me at all times,” are...

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“My daughter’s never been in class without her best friend!”

“My daughter’s never been in class without her best friend!”

Crisis Alert! It’s pretty scary for girls to find out that their BFF isn’t in their class this year. Handling that crisis is the topic of the second of four Back to School posts. If that’s what’s happening in your house right now, this post is for you. Melissa and Avery Melissa slumped into the chair in my office with a soft thud. Her nine-year-old daughter Avery, she explained, was in the midst of a meltdown because she’d just learned that, for the first time ever, her best friend Lila would not be in her class at school. Avery was inconsolable. “She’s so scared!” Melissa exclaimed, on the...

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“I don’t want to go to school, Mommy!” — Helping with Separation Anxiety

“I don’t want to go to school, Mommy!” — Helping with Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety 2 Girls, 2 Stories, 2 Plans Sending your little girl off for the first day of preschool or kindergarten is not for the meek at heart! You’re not alone if you’ve been thinking about it for weeks and worrying about it when you’re meant to be sleeping. Even if your little one is feeling excited and confident, there’s still the issue of how you’re feeling! For many moms, it’s a big wrench. You’ll no longer control your daughter’s entire environment; the rhythm of your day is changed; your role feels…confusing; and it might be just plain hard to imagine cheerfully waving, See...

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Should I let my kids yell at Alexa?

Should I let my kids yell at Alexa?

This great question came up in a Wildflowers moms group, and the more I have thought about it, the more I think the answer really does matter. Just last night, this was driven home to me once again. After a long day spent on a Project That Will Not End, my husband and I stopped into Krogers to pick up some groceries. As we approached the self-checkout, I was tired and admittedly a bit (…) irritable. Krogers has replaced their self-checkout machine script recently, and more than just one person (read: it’s not just me!) has commented that the voice is downright rude. So even when I’m in a...

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Helping Confidence Bloom

Helping Confidence Bloom

Welcome to Wildflower House, a space both virtual and physical, created especially for women and girls. I invite you to step in and, through an ecourse, a class, the free articles you’ll find here — or by working with me directly, allow your *self*  to emerge. If you’ve found your way here, it might just be that you’re ready to start living out loud.  As we work together, you’ll be able to access your own unique mix of  counseling, coaching, classes, and consultation that will allow you to transform your life by bringing out everything that you have within you....

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