Back to school tips for parents

This week is back to school week for most us here in the greater Denver area. As a parent it can be challenging getting many details out of our kids those first few days. How many times have you asked your child how their day was to hear “…fine…” 😑Regardless of what your kids tell you about their day, it’s common that change has them feeling a little unsure and unsettled.

No better time than now for 7 tips to help nurture your child’s self esteem. You are sure to see positive results in your child’s attitude and happiness when used as a daily practice.

Connect with your kids– show an interest in what they have to say, what they are playing with, something they created, etc. Showing them you SEE THEM makes them feel important.

Look for reasons to give a compliment– give them positive reinforcement when they accomplish something they’ve been working hard on. It shows them that you are paying attention and you notice their hard work and perseverance.

Let them choose– giving your kids a choice boosts their confidence because they learn to trust their own judgement.

Let them experience failure– failure can be a painful part of life for kids and adults alike, but by letting our kids fail, we can watch them pick themselves up and overcome it. Kids need to learn how to fail gracefully in order to build resilience and ultimately boost their confidence.

Let them help– kids feel important when they are able to help and contribute to the family/household. Find a small task that they are capable of that will help boost their self confidence.

Say yes– when we say yes to our kids it makes them feel like their voice is heard and valued. Constantly saying no can take a toll on a child’s confidence and make them shy away from asking questions in the first place.

Be a positive role model- the easiest way to teach your kids how to practice love, kindness and acceptance is to show them. Behave the way that you want your children to and they will begin to emulate your actions.

3 Must Watch TED Talks for Parents

  1. Jennifer Senior- For Parents, Happiness Is A Very High Bar Parenting + Anxiety is something many of us know all too well. There’s no manual on how to raise children properly, so the idea of raising children to a standard that isn’t actually determined is pretty darn stressful. This talk is like a big hug of ‘you’re doing okay mama’.
  2. Rita Pierson- Every Kid Needs A Champion A brilliant insight into the importance of connections and relationships between children and their educators. “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.” The role of teachers in our children’s lives is so powerful. Having a teacher who believes in our children, who doesn’t just dismiss them and push them to the side, can be life-changing. 
  3. Reshma Saujani- Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection A great talk for parents of girls – challenging the way we approach our way of talking to our girls and how we encourage them in taking risks, rather than being ‘perfect’. It really makes you think socializing girls to be brave and the differences that can be made by closing the gender gap. 

Reimagined Spaces #3- Master Bath

Michaela Boushie of Addison Tyler Designs and I are excited to introduce you to Reimagined Spaces.  You are invited to follow our newest blog series as we showcase Michaela’s exquisite design talent using your spaces.  We will provide select applicants with a unique opportunity to have a space in your home reimagined. Our vision for this project is to connect homeowners with elevated home design assistance and have a little fun watching your space come to life. We all have a room in our home that “stumps” us from a design perspective. Allow Michaela to provide you with guidance and a professional design board created specifically for your space. 

We invite you to email us a picture of your space along with a short narrative of your dreams for that space.   If your space is chosen we will send you a short questionnaire that will allow Michaela to understand your vision, likes, dislikes and the design aesthetic that most appeals to you.  Michaela will create a design board and provide it along with links to the materials selected that compliment your space.  All reimagined spaces will be featured through this blog.

Let’s get started and have some fun with design. 

Today we are working on a master bathroom that needs a complete overhaul. Chad & Rachel bought this home a few years ago and knew that they would love to remodel the master bathroom someday. Due to an unforeseen leak and possible water damage, they are moving forward with the project now.

The homeowner filled out a questionnaire that we provided so that we could get a feel for their likes, dislikes and the overall esthetic of their home.

  1. What do you consider your style to be?  Some options might be- contemporary, traditional, rustic, minimalist, industrial,  mid-century modern, bohemian, coastal, Mediterranean, modern farmhouse, french country…  please add any others that speak to you.​ I would say our style is traditional with simple lines and a little rustic/earthy flair.
  2. What colors/patterns are you drawn to?  Are there any colors that you would like to avoid? We would prefer something in a neutral palate (shade of tan, brown, etc).  We also like rustic/earth accents like wood, stone, etc.   It is unlikely we will redo this bathroom again during the next 10-15 years of raising our family in this home so something more on the timeless side would be better than trendy.
  3. Would you like to have another (smaller) tub in the room or just a larger shower?I definitely want to keep a tub in the room but would prefer to downsize the tub and upsize the shower.  I do not want/need a jetted tub.
  4. Are you planning to keep the vanities/cabinets the way they are now?I feel the current arrangement works, but we would be open to suggestions!
  5. What would you consider your top 3 most important priorities you would like to see changed?1. Bigger shower 2. Smaller tub 3. Taller vanities with above the counter storage.
  6. What is your budget?Our budget is 15-20k.  Of course we would like to stay near the 15k price point as we will also need to gut our children’s bathroom which backs to the master bath.  The unknown variable is the water damage as we are unsure of the source and won’t know until we start ripping it apart!  The subfloor will definitely need to be replaced with some sort of a plumbing fix.
  7. Do you plan to do this all at once or in phases?​ We will be doing the master bath remodel all at once and likely the kids bathroom too depending on the source of our water issue.

Michaela of Addison Tyler Designs says “Rachel and Chad’s style is very relaxed and welcoming, they particularly love the look and feel of natural elements.

My main goal for this project was to give them an inviting bathroom that is effortless and beautiful! I designed this bathroom with that in mind, while also trying to emphasize a bit of modern flair into the design.”

“I used a few design elements that are simple and rustic, but also chic! The main pieces like the vanity, bathtub and shower system are beautiful pieces with exceptional styling and quality craftsmanship.”

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Please email us a picture of your space at  We look forward to transforming your space into one you love. 

Coming near you

The Catamounts (a celebrated theater group out of Boulder) are proud to announce the world-premiere of The Last Apple Tree, an original, site-specific musical celebrating the legacy of Semper Farm (one of Westminster’s historic properties). Audience members will travel in small groups around this farm, once owned by the Semper and Allison families, and now belonging to the people of Westminster. Through original vignettes and music—including an acoustic set by Colorado favorites “Bonnie & the Clydes“—participants will also travel through time, celebrating how one piece of land can carry generations of memories and promise for the future.

Thursday, August 8 (preview): 6:30 p.m.
Friday, August 9: 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 10: 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 11: 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.


Topgolf Thornton opens August 9th.

Topgolf Thornton has more than 100 climate-controlled hitting bays, a full-service restaurant and bar, more than 200 televisions, free Wi-Fi, a rooftop terrace with fire pit and private event spaces and meeting rooms. The protective nets are 175 feet tall. 

The hitting bays are spread out over three levels. Golf balls have tracking devices, which allow for users to compete in games against each other scoring points by hitting targets on the driving range. Six people can play in one bay.

From opening to noon, it costs $26 per hour to rent a bay. The cost is $36 per hour from noon to 5 p.m. From 5 p.m. to close, the cost is $46 per hour Sundays through Thursdays and $50 per hour Fridays and Saturdays.

Find it at 16011 Grant Street, Thornton, CO 80023