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Our friend and author of the book Parenting The Whole Hearted Child,  Jeannie Cunnion welcomed us onto her blog this week and we were able to share about communication with boys and girls. Read some of it here and head on over to her blog for the full article! 

It’s not uncommon to hear moms joking about the differences in raising boys and girls.  It usually sounds a little something like, “Boys are physically exhausting and girls are emotionally exhausting.” But we all know, the differences are much more complicated than just the type of exhaustion each gender typically produces.

This week we are incredibly spoiled to have the amazing David Thomas and Sissy Goff helping us navigate some of the fundamental differences in our boys and girls and giving us their top secrets to communicating with them.  I’m in awe of their combined experience and wisdom. CONTINUE READING



Researchers generally agree that upwards of 70-80% of all communication is nonverbal. When females talk to each other, they generally stand close together, maintain eye contact and gesture frequently. Males typically keep a greater distance, avoid eye contact and gesture much less often. The differences go on and on. As parents, we want to be strategic, creative and intentional as we encounter these differences.

With boys, it’s always good to talk around a task – build legos, stack blocks, craft objects from wood, shoot hoops, play catch, or walk the family dog. Boys have some of their best conversations side by side rather than face to face. READ FULL ARTICLE




Throughout your daughter’s development, much of her memory and her communication will be emotionally-based. From the earliest stages of her development, your daughter is an extremely intuitive and passionate little creature. Every bit of her relationship with you and those around her will reflect the depth of feeling she experiences.

Because of the complexity of her memory and emotions, in her elementary school years, a girl will often need help getting to the heart of what she’s trying to say. She begins with one story about one friend and, thirty minutes later, is talking about that friend’s cousin’s friend’s dog, who is sick.  READ FULL ARTICLE