Awareness: The first step to more conscious parenting

Awareness: The first step to more conscious parenting

Dr. Shefali, author of The Conscious Parent and the Awakened Family has a 7day conscious Parenting Challenge. Below is my reflection on the first day of her challenge, which is Awareness. As I pay attention to my own level of awareness, I can see how easy it is trail into a state of not being 'unaware.' I can also see that I am the only one who can control whether I am aware or not. Conscious parenting is focused on changing what we can control - only ourselves. It's easy to blame our…continue reading →
In Parenting and in Life: Be Present. Be Positive. Be me.

In Parenting and in Life: Be Present. Be Positive. Be me.

Parenting is rarely about what happens, and more about how we choose to feel and think about what happens. With this in mind, I realized there are three things more important that anything else in parenting and in life – being present, being positive, and being me. Parenting, with its highs and lows and great challenges and triumphs, provides an opportunity for choosing to live this way. This article first appeared on parent.co. Growing through parenting We are evolving through the choices we make every day. The more we choose to experience, the more…continue reading →
Making the choice to be happy, creative storytelling and singing, feeling grateful for right now

Making the choice to be happy, creative storytelling and singing, feeling grateful for right now

How do we trust that where we are now is exactly where we need to be? How do we stay positive when we feel overwhelm from big changes in our life, like moving our family to a new place? Meet Katy Lineberry, mother of two, who realized when she takes time to appreciate the things in her life now, she can feel happy about where she is and trust the journey ahead. Katy realized happiness is a choice. A choice she needs to make whether she’s at home with her two young children or at…continue reading →
Expecting your second child? 18 tips for staying present and positive so you can appreciate more

Expecting your second child? 18 tips for staying present and positive so you can appreciate more

One nice thing about having your second child is that you trust yourself more.  You did it once, you can do it again. You still worry about whether or not you can handle it all. But if you are worrying, then you can't be calm and positive and trust yourself. Knowing that our capacity to love and give only grows when we have another child helps with this worry. The more we give, the more we get back. And we do get so much back from our children. The love and joy we get back from our…continue reading →
Listening to our children, trusting ourselves, and experiencing life as it comes- EDEM 9 with Jackie Healy

Listening to our children, trusting ourselves, and experiencing life as it comes- EDEM 9 with Jackie Healy

Are our children mirrors to our own selves—teaching us to experience life more fully and deeply? Do you see taking some time for yourself as selfish or an act of self-love?  Meet Jackie Healy. Jackie believes parenting helps us to grow more into ourselves by opening up our minds to break old patterns and opening up our hearts to fully love. She believes self-love is so important in parenting. By making some space for ourselves through exercise, silence, doing something we love. We get in control of our emotions and can be open to what our children…continue reading →
Letting go of unrealistic expectations is the most perfect thing we can do in parenting

Letting go of unrealistic expectations is the most perfect thing we can do in parenting

You know that feeling inside when you’ve reached your limit? You just want to give up. But you don’t because your children are looking up at you in that moment and they need you. Need you to make dinner or change their diaper or give them a hug or a ride to swimming practice. Some of the overwhelm we feel comes from unrealistic expectations that we have set. Trying to do too much. Measuring or comparing ourselves instead of just accepting. Striving for an outward perfection that only exists in our heads and isn’t…continue reading →
Renewed focus on mindful parenting and living – EDEM 6 with Diana Shea

Renewed focus on mindful parenting and living – EDEM 6 with Diana Shea

Hear how a mother of two who is passionate about wellness, cooking, and yoga reinvents herself with a new career and renewed focus on mindful parenting and living. Have you found that parenting is not so much about teaching our children but our children teaching us? How do we really connect with our children? Is it about mindfully showing up as our true authentic selves and accepting the same from them? Realizing that we’re here to love and learn and grow from each other? Meet Diana Shea. Diana is the mom of two, director of…continue reading →
Feeling more joy and less stress everyday as a parent

Feeling more joy and less stress everyday as a parent

This is an EveryDayReflection on getting through stressful moments of parenting. When we are feeling less stress, we can appreciate and enjoy more moments with our children. Whenever my children are feeling big emotions and melting down,  one of the first things I try to say is, “calm down and take a deep breath.” And now when I'm starting to feel stressed and overwhelmed, “take a deep breath, Mommy” is the first thing my daughter says to me.  Hearing her say this may  to me really helps. Even though it may not be the thing I want to…continue reading →
Raising a family and nurturing a business and filling each day with meaning – EDEM 3 Dana Malstaff

Raising a family and nurturing a business and filling each day with meaning – EDEM 3 Dana Malstaff

Do you wake up every morning and love what you do? Do you believe that you can be as purposeful and passionate about your career as you are about your parenting? Meet Dana Malstaff. Dana is the devoted mom of two and entrepreneur behind Boss-Mom, a movement that supports women who yearn for more time and less guilt when it comes to building their business and raising their family. She used to think that loving her career was taking away some of the love for her family. Not anymore. Now she believes love…continue reading →
Six ways moms can encourage each other everyday

Six ways moms can encourage each other everyday

We all have to make some time in our day to do something we love, something that fills us up beyond parenting. Making time for the things we love takes planning and some courage. Planning to carve time in an already full day. Courage to trust ourselves and value ourselves enough to make the time. As mothers, we should encourage each other in figuring these things out. Encourage is defined as inspiring courage. Connecting with other mothers is a way to inspire courage in each of us. Six ways moms can encourage each other everyday Accept our differences and…continue reading →
Potty training your little one with as much calm as possible

Potty training your little one with as much calm as possible

Potty training is a big step toward our babies becoming more independent and us accepting we are not in control of our babies. We get to control our reactions to what happens, but not what happens. Reminding ourselves to choose love amidst the many emotions we will experience during potty training is the best way to stay calm. Here is what worked for me. Notice the potty-ready signs Somewhere between the ages of 2 and 3 you may start to notice signs that they are getting ready. I think 2 1/2 is a magic number. Here are some of…continue reading →
Dropping the Pacifier with extra patience

Dropping the Pacifier with extra patience

Ahh the pacifier. For anyone who has been on the floor searching for one the middle of night or has popped one in at a restaurant to immediately calm your crying  baby. You know the love-hate relationship that exists with the binky. The Pacifier is so wonderful in the early months. It really does calm babies in those first few months. A calmer baby makes us as parents more calm, and therefore a better environment for everyone. It helped Calvin, who was a colicky baby. And it helped Lucy and Paige self-soothe as…continue reading →
Life Recipe 05: Getting out the door in winter

Life Recipe 05: Getting out the door in winter

We hope to use the force to get our children dressed and out the door. "This is your jacket. Put on your shoes. And now let's leave." But we're not jedi knights and its rarely that easy. It's more like this: Calvin gets one boot on and suddenly his other boot transforms into a lightsaber. He's a star wars knight fighting off his coat. I'm getting the baby into her tauntaun like full-body bunting. She starts starts wailing because she can't move with it on. I dream of putting my older children in gear…continue reading →
Life Recipe 03: Use your 5 senses to bring you back into the moment

Life Recipe 03: Use your 5 senses to bring you back into the moment

As we approach Christmas, I'm challenging myself to really be present for it. I don't want it to pass in a blur. When I'm worrying, fretting, judging, or rushing—instead of just experiencing—I'm not really present. Experiencing with all five of my senses is a way to get me out of my head and really feeling the moments in front of me. Here are five tips to use your senses to bring you back to the present moment so you can enjoy this season in an engaged, conscious way, without having it come and…continue reading →
Life Recipe 02: Find more energy in the evenings

Life Recipe 02: Find more energy in the evenings

The evenings are such precious, uninterrupted time. Too often I am too tired from the dinner, bath, story, and bedtime routine with my children to really enjoy them. How can I get more energy in the evenings to do the things I enjoy? Some nights I need to crash but most nights I just need something to keep me busy and divert my mind away from feeling tired. One evening, I was lying in bed thinking about the list of things I could be doing and feeling guilty for not doing any of…continue reading →