Keeping her humor and doing the things she’s always done – EDEM 1 with Molly Mahoney

Keeping her humor and doing the things she’s always done – EDEM 1 with Molly Mahoney

Meet a busy mom of three including twin babies who is saying yes to help, resetting expectations, and keeping a sense of humor so she can keep doing the the things she's always done and not lose herself in parenting. Parenting is rarely what we expect it’s going to be. Just when we think we have something figured out, we are thrown for a total curve. We learn and grow from every curve and come out better from it. Imagine having a happy seven-month baby, things are going well, and you and your partner decide you…continue reading →
Connecting with other moms is way better than comparing

Connecting with other moms is way better than comparing

There are many things that parenting teaches us. One big lesson is to let go of comparison and and choose love and mindfulness instead. if we’re stuck on the outside, we’re missing the opportunity to connect and grow Too often, we look outside to determine how we feel inside. Giving in to those surface-level thoughts of comparison and judgement tear us up inside. When we’re stuck in that place, we’re missing out on connecting with ourself, and others. Connecting feels so much better I catch myself comparing at times throughout the day. We…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 →
Children do learn from shows—but reading, playing, and imagining is definitely better

Children do learn from shows—but reading, playing, and imagining is definitely better

My children have been really into Dr. Seuss lately. It's fun reading longer books to them with real stories and lessons. They love The Grinch who Stole Christmas. And Grinch’s lesson that  “Christmas doesn't come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more” is especially timely. We were looking for special show for after Thanksgiving dinner—I was trying to decide on one of the classic Christmas shows from when we were younger. I know they would have enjoyed the Daniel Tiger or Curious George holiday specials but nostalgia kicked in…continue reading →
Rise a little earlier to uplift your day

Rise a little earlier to uplift your day

If you are looking for more meaning or energy or just some uninterrupted time for you, set your alarm a little earlier every morning. Even if it's just 15 minutes. Start your day in a different way. The moment the alarm goes off that is the hardest. But you do it once, then twice, and then it becomes a habit and, you won't regret it. It may not be possible every day. Sometimes you need that morning sleep, especially when you have a night of unexpected wake-ups with your little one. But just make…continue reading →
Getting through your child’s meltdown – Five practices to try

Getting through your child’s meltdown – Five practices to try

It can be really hard to stay calm when your child is in the midst of meltdown. Children are high emotion and their fits of frustration and anger can be really strong at times. Just when you think you are doing well, rocking it as a parent, one happens and it can really deplete you. Like everything else in parenting and life, our greatest challenges create our greatest opportunities for growth. Calvin had a meltdown recently when we were out at a new indoor playplace. At the age of four, he can communicate…continue reading →
Conscious Parenting – what is it in five simple steps

Conscious Parenting – what is it in five simple steps

Conscious parenting isn't about 'getting it right' all the time, its about evolving together. I learn as much from my children as they learn from me. Through parenting, I've grown as a person with every challenge and joy it has brought me. Everyday is exhausting as it is exhilarating, as routine as it is remarkable. I’m evolving everyday and developing an inner trust like that of my children—to love and not to fear. Everyday practices in conscious parenting that make me better, so I can be better for my children. Be present. I…continue reading →
Baby Led Weaning – Fancy Name for a great way to start solids

Baby Led Weaning – Fancy Name for a great way to start solids

I first learned of Baby led weaning (BLW) two years ago at a Mom's group with Lucy. I was surprised I hadn't even heard the term before. I of course went home and googled it. Essentially, it boils down to letting babies feed themselves soft chunks of food instead of spoon-feeding them purees when they start eating around 6 months. A lot about Baby Led Weaning made sense to me. I read that babies at 6 months who can sit up and grab toys are also capable of feeding themselves. Research supports that…continue reading →
You can only find happiness inside – Children can help bring it out

You can only find happiness inside – Children can help bring it out

My 7-month old Paige looks up at the trees and smiles. She happily sits and watches her brother and sister run around the yard or dance or build blocks. When she giggles her whole body feels it and I can't help but smile too. My children continually inspire me to feel more, and to feel better. Children feel so strongly. Their joy is so immense that it's contagious. Their feelings of fear, sadness, and frustration are strong too. But they let us know how they are feeling as best they can and then…continue reading →
Children model our behavior more that we know  – and more than we would like

Children model our behavior more that we know – and more than we would like

I was outside in the yard doing some yoga stretching after my run this morning. I looked up and saw Lucy right up next to the glass of the door. She was mirroring all the yoga stretches I was doing. I raised my hands up to the sky and so did she. It was the sweetest most beautiful thing. But it also got me thinking of how much our children model us. Children learn so much from what they see around them every day. Calvin runs into the room and jumps and Lucy…continue reading →
Change your Attitude – You may see everything in front of you differently

Change your Attitude – You may see everything in front of you differently

I’ve had two experiences recently where my three-year old Calvin helped me see the situation differently. Both were times when he was frustrating me beyond belief. Sometimes it's in our toughest, most challenging moments that we learn our greatest lessons. And sometimes those lessons come from our children. It was one of those early-summer nights without humidity or bugs and just the right breeze that we managed to have dinner outside. It was lovely. These types of nights are more rare after children so you really enjoy them when they do happen. After…continue reading →
Being a Mom – The most Amazing, Humbling, Joyful, Trying, Perfect Thing

Being a Mom – The most Amazing, Humbling, Joyful, Trying, Perfect Thing

From the earliest stages of pregnancy with Calvin almost four years ago to life now with three beautiful children, I am truly amazed every day. It is amazing how my body transformed to care and feed the growing baby inside me. And then to see the way in which every day each of them has grown bigger, brighter, and more uniquely into their own individual self every day. Everyday is a new beginning and new challenge and moment-to-moment can be the highest of high and lowest of low. Just when you think you…continue reading →
Coming up for air after my third child – making some time for me helps me feel more joy every day

Coming up for air after my third child – making some time for me helps me feel more joy every day

I must say that all of the good things I wrote about prior to my third baby in February have been challenged. Having a baby is tough, whether its your first baby, second, third or more. When I had my first, I remember saying that it is the most rewarding but also hardest thing I've ever done in my life. And with my third that remains true. It has gotten harder and that much more rewarding. Having your first baby is most challenging because everything is so new. You question everything you do…continue reading →