Archives for May 2010

Positive Parenting Tip: Boundaries

positive_Parenting_tipOur Yogi Parenting audio tips are presented every Friday by Michaela Turner, BS Ed, CYKT, YKT, Co-creator of the Yogi Parenting course.


How do we teach our kids about maintaining healthy boundaries? Listen to this :15 AUDIO TIP:

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How Does Baby Einstein Help/Hurt Your Baby?

Our Expert Mommy talks about this controversial topic. I will admit, my babies watched Baby Einstein and I may have even given Baby Einstein DVDs as gifts! But I love how Dr. Sophia positions her point of view on baby “learning” videos and screen time in general.

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Sleep Secrets

A veteran mom, I know better than to brag on what good sleepers my little ones are. There is no surer way to reverse one’s good fortune and you AIN’T gonna hear these words coming from me… not even followed by “knock on wood!” But what I will do is share nearly a dozen sleep secrets with you that are sure to help both you and your sweet babies get some much needed zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz’s.

And BTW, the reason I videoed these tips as opposed to writing them out is because my three week old twins are actually napping at the same time right this moment… and I knew I could get all this info to you if I sat for a minute and just told them to you. (Work smarter not harder, right?) Hope they help. [Read more…]

How to Keep the Peace on Family Trips

Can you hear, “Are we there yet?!?!?” and “He touched me!!@#!!” already? If taking a family trip sounds more stressful than fun, here are five tips to help you prepare.

Chevy Chase and the family in National Lampoon's Vacation. Warner Bros. 1983

These simple, low cost ideas will help you keep the peace when traveling as a family this Memorial Day weekend and all summer long.

1) VISIT A DOLLAR STORE

  • Give yourself a $10 budget per child.
  • Think maze books and all things arts and crafts.
  • Remember, pencils don’t stain like markers or melt like crayons.
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How to Share a Passion with Your Kids

Summer is quickly approaching! Do you have a summer reading list? I’m adding Little Women to mine — because as you’ll see in this video, family reading time has been a big hit in our family! We just finished Call of the Wild! My daughter was rapt! It’s been especially rewarding for me because books are so important to me. I can measure periods of my life by the books that dominated them: Little Women, Call of the Wild, Pride and Prejudice, A Wrinkle In Time, Grapes of Wrath, Dune — all the way to Mutant Message Down Under, Eat Pray Love, and Committed (thank you, Jen Hibbits!)


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Positive Parenting Tip: Tattling?

positive_Parenting_tipOur Yogi Parenting audio tips are presented every Friday by Michaela Turner, BS Ed, CYKT, YKT, Co-creator of the Yogi Parenting course.


Listen to this :15 AUDIO TIP:

If you are ready for parenting to be easier, more fun and less stressful, sign up for a free Yogi Parenting lesson.

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How to Name Your Core Values

In the span of 24 hours I got this same message from two different sources, once from my dear friend Morgan who shared Writing Your Life Manifesto and the other from the Mondo Beyondo online class I just started this week. Morgan says a manifesto is “a public declaration of intentions.” So in the wee hours of the night last night, I set about the business of claiming mine.

Mondo Beyondo’s Lesson 3 is Identifying Your Core Values. Companies and organizations do it, and those declarations guide all their strategic planning. The United States has a constitution and again, it is these ideas that are the highest, guiding beliefs of our nation. We all take this constitution for granted. Have you ever asked yourself where these beliefs stand in relation to your own? How about the companies and organizations that you work for or support? Are they in alignment with your personal core values or personal constitution?

Our dreams take on a new life when we understand how what we long for is shaped by what matters to us the very most.” ~ Andrea Scher [Read more…]

How to Help End Child Hunger

A few years ago, I read the book, The Glass Castle. Did you read it? It really left an impression and got me thinking. Not so much about whether I would let me 3 year old cook hot dogs unsupervised but about how the kids in the book would forage through the trash cans in the school cafeteria for food that other kids had thrown away. Because they were always hungry.

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How Relationships Go the Distance

When we got married, our dear friends and officiants gave us this great little sign that reads, “Kiss slowly, forgive quickly.”  I literally look at this sign every day, but didn’t get the depth of its instruction until reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage.

I’m talking about forgiveness, as in your ‘daily bread’ variety.  People talk about it all the time like it’s the key to everlasting relationships, but I never understood what the big deal was. (Sometimes, I can be a little thick-headed.  I like to think that I’m not, but yeah, I can be.) [Read more…]

How to Dream BIG

You may know that I’ve signed up for the May session of Mondo Beyondo. I first heard about it from  Heidi Howes. She explained that it was all about dreaming BIG. Most of us train ourselves to have dreams that are “attainable” or “reasonable” — dreams that we think we have a fair chance of achieving. But the idea behind a “MONDO BEYONDO list” is reaching far; declaring and writing down those truly outrageous dreams that require a leap of faith.

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