As I sit at my kitchen table, writing this article, I look outside my window and see the most beautiful hot pink oleanders and crepe myrtle trees lining my backyard. The colors are so bright and vibrant that I can’t help but smile and feel grateful for the opportunity to look at something so beautiful every day. As I observe, with gratitude and awareness, of what is going on around me, my experience gets heightened. Ordinary moments turn into extraordinary ones because I am simply paying attention and noticing the … Continue reading Reap the Benefits of Bringing Awareness to Everyday Moments
Moms have a love–hate relationship with summer. There is less carpooling, no making of lunches (unless they have to bring a lunch to camp, of course) and no dealing with that horrible 5 o’clock witching hour of both you and your child having a meltdown over homework. (I am definitely not smarter than a 5th grader!) Summer promises long days, warm nights, popsicles, swimming, vacations, time to relax and not having to be out of the house at 8am. However, ironically, summer brings a whole new set of stresses to moms: … Continue reading The Solution to Moms’ Love-Hate Relationship with Summer
There is a great article floating around social media telling moms to get over their body issues, put their bathing suit on, and get out and play this summer with their kids. It’s a wonderful message, with all the reminders of what is really important in life – our kids, making memories and being present. However, the things that are not as important, such as our untoned bodies, cellulite and tummy rolls seem to be what rules not only our self-concept, but in choosing what activities we do, along with … Continue reading Body Image – The Practice of Accepting What Is
My 10-year-old daughter is going through the inevitable transformation to awareness that eventually, all kids undergo: the realization that the world extends much further beyond the comfort of home and that it can sometimes be a scary place. I really feel for her — with awareness comes with challenges, which now is resulting in anxiety When I was a kid, I could never sleep over a friend’s house because I got homesick; I’d call my mom at 2 a.m., and every time, she’d come and get me. What a great … Continue reading Growing Up Is So Hard!
Being a parent is a selfless act. I am going to make the assumption that most of us became parents because we wanted to. It is our choice, very well knowing that this 24/7 job comes with exponential amounts of love, though can offer very little amounts of daily return on our investment in the form of tangible evidence and validation that we are in fact succeeding. We plunge forward, do the best that we can, keep our unconditional love for our child at the forefront of our minds and … Continue reading Being a Parent is a Selfless Act
We’ve all heard the cheesy old adage “just take a minute to stop and smell the roses.” I’m really not a fan of corny phrases; they tend to get so overused that they lose their meaning, and this one is no different. However, corniness aside, this phrase actually has a lot of validity and wisdom in it. We often move through life on autopilot; we go through life so quickly that we aren’t even aware of where we are, how we got here, what our conscious thoughts were to make … Continue reading Take a Minute to Stop and Smell the Roses
When kids are overexcited, in the middle of a temper tantrum, or having trouble with their homework parents often tell their kids to relax and calm down. When they are wiggling in their desks and having difficulty sitting still, teachers frequently say to their students just focus and pay attention. Or when children are too hyped up at the end of the day and just can’t fall asleep, exacerbated parents yell to their kids, just lie still and go to sleep. Parents and teachers are not wrong for wanting these … Continue reading Teaching Kids How To Just Be
To loosely quote a line from the quintessential 1989 movie Parenthood, “You need a license to buy a dog, to drive a car – you even need a license to catch a fish. But they’ll let any a—hole be a father.” What Keanu Reeves’ character was pointing out is that there is no official training, no required education, no sanctioned guidelines and no formal rulebook for how to parent. During pregnancy women often take numerous classes and consult a plethora of resources for what to expect and how to create … Continue reading There is No Rule Book for How to Parent