Lost in Translation

Having trouble connecting with your child? Maybe you’re not speaking their love language. Why not take Gary Chapman’s Five Love Languages assessment to find out how you and your child give and receive love?

The 5 Love Languages are…

  • Acts of Service
  • Words of Affirmation
  • Quality Time
  • Gift Giving
  • Physical Touch

My love language is acts of service, so I make my family work for it. 😉

Which love language is yours? Which love language is your child’s?



A Sneak Peek Inside BUTTONS!

Here’s a sneak peek inside my children’s picture book, BUTTONS! These are Long Buttons“, but there are plenty more buttons where those came from! BUTTONS will be available on Amazon soon! Then you’ll be able to unfasten the pages of BUTTONS and uncover the best button of all! 🙂 

Button, button, who’s got a button?

Here’s a sneak peek at the back cover of Laura’s and my first soon-to-be-released children’s picture book, BUTTONS! It will be available on Amazon soon! This book is for little people ages 2-5. You’ll even catch a glimpse of Santa within the pages of BUTTONS, so it’s the perfect gift for Christmas!

Check out karenpickrell.com next week for a surprise look inside BUTTONS!

Coaching Tips for Parents

Parenting is one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs on the planet, but it doesn’t come with a manual. I’ve read tons of parenting books, solicited my fair share of advice from successful parents, attended parenting classes, like Nurtured Heart, and listened to Love and Logic DVDs. I’m not too proud to have paid good money (and well spent, might I add) for a life coach during rough patches.

Recently, I’ve been on the other side of the coaching conversation as a new teacher coach. It turns out; the same coaching questions that empower beginning teachers to thrive in the classroom are the same questions that can inspire your adult child to reach their full potential. These coaching techniques are so life changing; I just had to share them with you. It would be just plain selfish not to. Stay tuned for excepts from my upcoming parenting book, 10 Tips to Coach Your Young Adult Child for Success.

Gluten Free Guinea Pig

I’m a Celiac survivor who LOVES bread! When I get to heaven, and I’m feasting at that heavenly table, the first thing I’m going to ask for is a loaf of warm sourdough bread slathered in butter. Nearly a decade ago, when I was at death’s door because of gluten, the doctors were running all kinds of tests with no positive results. My family physician concluded that I was just stressed out and wanted to give me Prozac. Finally, I got wind of something called the gluten free diet. What’s that? I googled it, gave it a whirl and magically, all my symptoms vanished.

When I first started eating gluten free, it was overwhelming, because I found out that gluten is in EVERYTHING! Gluten free food has come a long way since then, but for those just starting out, it can be a little daunting. Let my hubby, Mr. Wonderful, and I be your gluten free guinea pigs as we try out recipes, products and restaurants. It’s actually a delicious adventure and one of our favorite pastimes.

This book is as cute as a BUTTON!

I am so excited to publish my first children’s picture book, BUTTONS, with my talented daughter, Laura Ambrosio! This book has been 5 months in the making. We started working with an amazing illustrator, Sarah G., from peopleperhour.com back in April. BUTTONS will be available on Amazon soon! This book is for little people ages 2-5! Stay tuned for sneak peeks inside BUTTONS!