Hi! I'm Carrien.

I help parents raise resilient children, without feeling overwhelmed, so that they can be brave to try hard things.

I'm a writer, parent mentor, and resilience coach. My passion for helping parents to protect their children and raise them to be resilient has extended to creating resources that have helped thousands of refugee and migrant families on the Thailand/Myanmar border through my work with The Charis Project. - I am also the mother of 6 amazing and rather resilient humans, who have managed to thrive in spite of their unconventional upbringing and being dragged around the world by their parents. - Join me here for words to heal and fill your parent heart and shape the words you give to your children.

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Are you really failing right now?

CARRIEN BLUE Writer, Parent Mentor, Coach I failed at least five times before breakfast today. (I haven’t had breakfast yet, so that number could change.) You see, I want to be able to hold a handstand for at least 30 seconds. I try if every day. After my morning Yoga practice I position myself...
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14 days ago • 6 min read
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How to Trust Yourself

CARRIEN BLUE Parenting Coach & Writer This is as far as I can go.” You’ve probably felt it, that moment when you bend over to pick something up, or reach to touch your toes and your muscles just… stop. You can’t go any farther. You may feel pain and tightness. You definitely feel that you have...
about 1 month ago • 5 min read
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Until You Feel Light - How Change Can Be a Good Thing

CARRIEN BLUE Writer & Coach Sometimes we find our story shifting in such a dramatic way that everything feels like it’s upside down. Our identity was wrapped up in a set of circumstances and relationships, and as those circumstances change, and those relationships shift, we find ourselves...
about 2 months ago • 4 min read

On Props, and Courage, and Finding Our Strength

CARRIEN BLUE Writer, Parent Mentor, & Coach When my oldest daughter was 14 months old she finally took her first independent steps. She tottered down the whole length of the hallway, the handle of a plastic bag grasped tightly in her chubby little fist, completely unaware that she was walking...
3 months ago • 4 min read

The Closed Door In Your Mind

CARRIEN BLUE Parenting Coach & Writer Today's thoughts come from a moment that happened just earlier this week. I am standing on one leg on a mat. I am holding the toe of my right foot and it’s extended out in front of me. I feel the wobble coming into my standing leg. My muscles burn. My thigh...
3 months ago • 4 min read

What If I Choose Wrong?

CARRIEN BLUE Parenting Coach & Writer Dear Reader, Part of why I’m thinking about courage right now is because I’m parenting another child through the process of figuring out what she’s going to do with her next step. She’s finished high school, and she’s got a whole world of possibilities open...
3 months ago • 4 min read
Courage looks different for everyone

Don't Measure Your Courage By What You See Someone Else Doing

CARRIEN BLUE Parenting Coach & Writer Dear Reader, Last week my daughter showed me a video last week of a man speed climbing a cliff face with no safety gear. He looked like he was practically running up the side of this mountain. (Here’s the link, if you want to watch it.) I was fine watching...
4 months ago • 3 min read

Flying Termites - Nuisance or Blessing? It depends on your story.

Dear Reader, Here in northern Thailand, just after the rains begin, a type of winged termite emerges from whatever holes in the ground they’ve been in all year, and swarm. They flock to whatever light they can see, flying into everything and invading houses by creeping through any gaps in doors...
4 months ago • 4 min read

What you Believe About Something Shapes Your Experience of it

Dear Reader, I have been sick for 25 days now. It’s been so long I’m not even sure if what I have now is the same kind of sickness as what I started with, or if I picked up something new along the way. I still don’t feel 100%. In a 1 week span we all got pink eye, fevers, headaches, nausea,...
5 months ago • 3 min read
You will find your way through

How to Not Abandon Yourself

Dear Reader Have you ever had a moment that was just so overwhelming your only thought was, "How do I escape?"​Or maybe the thought wasn't even that coherent. The only thing you were aware of was the urge to run, hide, or become invisible, to not be there anymore. These are things our body does...
5 months ago • 3 min read
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