Non-Violent Communication Can Save Your Marriage!

NVC Tree of Life

Do you find yourself having yelling matches with your spouse, in front of or within earshot of your kids, frequently enough that you and your spouse know it’s time for a change? Most of the time when couples yell in fights, it’s because either one or both of the people in the couple have strong Continue Reading

What’s Your Type?

nine personality types on blackboard

The Enneagram is a robust system of personality, self-awareness and personal growth. As parents, we are challenged daily to grow ourselves into our best selves so as to meet the developing needs of our children in a peaceful and loving manner. The Enneagram can offer a path out of ineffective Continue Reading

Minimalist Parenting

When I first heard the title of Christine Koh and Ahsa Dornfest’s new book, Minimalist Parenting, I felt a wave of calm and relief come over my body. Finally, I thought, a parenting book which cuts to the chase and addresses the root of so many modern parents’ anxiety, worry and over-parenting Continue Reading

Becoming a Second Time Parent


Are you contemplating the important question of whether to bring another child into your family? I went through the transition to second-time motherhood one year ago this month. Being a mom to two girls under 4 for the past 12 months has been amazing and challenging. I always thought if I had two Continue Reading

Family Time Management


When surveyed on topics they would most like to see in the newsletter, PAMP members responded that their number one interest was time management. Why is time management a top concern for PAMP members, and what can be done to address it? The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article about Continue Reading

The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto


As parents, we are often looking for the perfect answers about what our children most need from us. By the time many of us arrive at parenthood, we’ve often achieved success in our careers and feel as if we should be able to transfer that success to each of our interactions with our children. But we Continue Reading

How Will You Care for Yourself This Year?

Kiran Gaind, Integral Coach

As a mom of two kids under age 5, I know how hard it can be to take care of yourself on a regular basis. And I don’t mean taking a shower or brushing your teeth. I mean something I call “self-care” — practicing self-nurturing and self-development. It may seem like the only people who engage in these Continue Reading

Why Ray of Light Coaching?

Kiran and Karuna

Some of you may be asking why my coaching practice for modern parents is called Ray of Light Coaching. First of all, what a coach really offers to her clients is herself: her personality, personal qualities, skills, attributes, attitudes, history and perspectives. What makes the coach as a human Continue Reading

What’s Your Type?

nine personality types on blackboard

The Enneagram is different from more commonly known personality typing tools, like the Meyer’s Briggs, used in traditional work environments, because it provides more than a static snapshot or box that people fit into in terms of their tendencies and behaviors. The Enneagram is an ancient Continue Reading

Does Balance Exist for Modern Parents?


Recently, I've talked with different parents and care providers about whether something called "balance" exists in a busy parent's life. Based on my own experience and those of others, when reflecting honestly, it doesn't seem to be a quality most parents are experiencing or can really hope to Continue Reading