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 →
Becoming more conscious of our time and choices, and creating balance and fulfillment as a whole person – EDEM ep. 27 with Karli Kujawa Smith

Becoming more conscious of our time and choices, and creating balance and fulfillment as a whole person – EDEM ep. 27 with Karli Kujawa Smith

In the busyness of our days, we can sometimes feel like life is just happening to us but really we are shaping our lives by the choices we make everyday. When we focus on awareness, we can be more conscious of the choices we are making and start creating a life that is our own that we can feel content about at the end of our busy day. Meet Karli, a mom of two boys, who has found that even though life is busier with children, it’s much more colorful. She is a designer…continue reading →
Gaining perspective through travel, cultivating compassion and gratitude, and not hovering over our children – EDEM ep. 26 With Noele Sutherland McLain

Gaining perspective through travel, cultivating compassion and gratitude, and not hovering over our children – EDEM ep. 26 With Noele Sutherland McLain

Stepping away from our everyday opens up our minds and hearts and gives us new perspective. We can see our world differently, sometimes with deeper compassion for others and appreciation for what we have. We can do this where we are by taking a mental break or physically by traveling someplace else—a different neighborhood nearby or part of the world. Meet Noele Sutherland McLain, a mom of a son who is four, who hasn't just traveled, but lived in all different parts of the world. He son actually holds three passports, one for Scotland where she…continue reading →
Feeling worthy, taking care of ourselves, and feeling happy now through gratefulness – EDEM ep. 25 with Kristy DeJesus

Feeling worthy, taking care of ourselves, and feeling happy now through gratefulness – EDEM ep. 25 with Kristy DeJesus

Nobody has it all figured out when it comes to parenting. Too often we put a mask up that everything is rosy when it's not what we are really feeling. We all experience the inevitable ups and downs so we do so why do so many of us feel we can't be truthful about how we are really feeling?  If we're holding on to negative or fearful feelings, covering them up doesn't make them go away. We have to bring awareness to those feelings to change them and make room for all there…continue reading →
Trusting more and worrying less, prioritizing couple time, and allowing love to conquer fear – EDEM ep. 24 with  Shelby Spear

Trusting more and worrying less, prioritizing couple time, and allowing love to conquer fear – EDEM ep. 24 with Shelby Spear

With so much of parenting being unknown and unfamiliar, it can make us worry a lot because we tend to fear things we don’t understand. How do we trust more and worry less? Meet Shelby Spear, mother of three college-aged children, who shares a unique perspective on parenting now that her children are out of the house. As she looks back, she reflects on how important it is to trust instead of over protect. As a self-proclaimed ‘worrier,’ she admits allowing trust is easier said than done. Examining our worries is worth the…continue reading →
Self-acceptance, self-care, and creating the unique life balance that’s right for you – EDEM no. 23 with Lindsey Monroe

Self-acceptance, self-care, and creating the unique life balance that’s right for you – EDEM no. 23 with Lindsey Monroe

You are enough, right now. How would our days be different if this was the core message moms heard? We accept our whole self, knowing we are doing the best can in this moment. We realize our best is different from every other person's best so we celebrate everyone's uniqueness and no longer give in to thoughts of judgement and comparison of ourselves and others. Meet Lindsey Monroe, mother of two boys, birth doula and photographer, who is feeling fulfilled because she found a balance that works for her. She's learned to lean into the chaos of her life right…continue reading →
Decluttering and Organizing your home, Discovering more balance in your life- EDEM ep. 22 with Gillian Perkins

Decluttering and Organizing your home, Discovering more balance in your life- EDEM ep. 22 with Gillian Perkins

Do you want to simplify and organize your life you so have more freedom and experience more relaxation? Do you want the recipe for a constantly clean house? Meet Gillian Perkins, a mother, author, and business owner who shared the struggle many moms face of how to keep our home in order and  our work + life in balance. She and her husband had to temporarily live with most of their stuff in storage before they could move into their new home. It was then she discovered how much easier and calmer her life was when she had less stuff. She developed…continue reading →
Miracle Morning for Parents and Families, Morning routine, and Positive home environment – EDEM ep. 21 with Lindsay McCarthy

Miracle Morning for Parents and Families, Morning routine, and Positive home environment – EDEM ep. 21 with Lindsay McCarthy

Imagine a new routine with your family each morning. It’s not rushed or chaotic. You wake up a little earlier than you have to and do some simple, proven practices to improve everyone’s mindset A shift takes place when we devote time for ourself at the start of the day—we start to feel more confidence, compassion, and gratitude. This is a glimpse into Miracle Morning for Parents & Families, a new book coming out September 12. Meet Lindsay McCarthy, mother of two and co-author of the book, with her husband Mike McCarthy and…continue reading →
Be real, be silly, and be open to the relationships and opportunities that can make you grow – EDEM ep. 19 with Patti Cella

Be real, be silly, and be open to the relationships and opportunities that can make you grow – EDEM ep. 19 with Patti Cella

What if we focused more on being real, being silly, and putting ourself out there so we keep growing and experiencing life as it is—instead of worrying what our life looks like to others and trying to achieve an image of perfect that isn't even realistic? Meet Patti Cella, a hysterical mom of three young boys, who embodies all of these things. You’ll laugh a lot and be completely touched by the slightly unconventional yet wholehearted and genuine way she parents and lives her life. You would never know she lost her mother less…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 →
Sharing parenting responsibilities, Making time for the right things – EDEM ep. 17 with Heather Rosales

Sharing parenting responsibilities, Making time for the right things – EDEM ep. 17 with Heather Rosales

One thing they don’t really teach us when we become parents is how is how to share all of the parenting responsibilities and make time for the right things. When one thing is off-kilter—whether its time for ourself, our spouse, or our children—it takes away from our enjoyment of all the other things and prevents us from achieving that life balance we desire. Meet Heather Rosales, a full-time working mother of two boys, who has found that healthy balance through creating routines, consistently following them, and learning to communicate well with her spouse. Heather blocks…continue reading →
Gaining confidence, feeding your mind and body right, and believing you deserve it all – EDEM ep. 16 with Tatiana Amico

Gaining confidence, feeding your mind and body right, and believing you deserve it all – EDEM ep. 16 with Tatiana Amico

Why is it hard to put ourself first? How do we let go of the limiting beliefs and negative self talk and gain back our confidence? How do we have it all? Meet Tatiana Amico, mom of two who has built a life and business around empowering women to go after their dreams and have it all. She says it starts with putting yourself first, especially when you are a busy mama. She overcame her own negative body image, food and exercise addiction by believing she deserved more. She took control of her…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 →
Getting the family together around the table, bridging what you love and what you do everyday, and overcoming postpartum depression – EDEM story with Rebecca Andexler

Getting the family together around the table, bridging what you love and what you do everyday, and overcoming postpartum depression – EDEM story with Rebecca Andexler

We want to follow our passion. To make what we love what we do everyday. But how do we do it? Meet Rebecca Andexler. Rebecca had a successful career in PR but felt like something was missing. She followed that voice and went back to school to become a chef. Today, her career is a blend of the things she loves most—her family, food, and journalism—she calls it homemakers habitat. We may not be able to start a new career right now, but we can make a little time everyday for what we love.…continue reading →
Writing a family mission statement, defining your core values, and breaking the parenting rules – EDEM no. 12 NJ Rongner

Writing a family mission statement, defining your core values, and breaking the parenting rules – EDEM no. 12 NJ Rongner

What is a family mission statement? Is it as simple as a vision of what you want for your family life and the values to live by to realize your vision? Is having one important? Meet NJ Rongner, a mom-of-two, who sat down with her husband to write their family mission statement. Hear why she did it, what her core values are, and how she's breaking some of the parenting rules. One thing she does is say no before saying yes and she does so without guilt. For her saying no is a good thing, because it means saying yes to…continue reading →