Zen Mommy Minute: Share Yourself

This week’s Zen Mommy Minute is to share something you are passionate about with your kids. What did you used to LOVE to do before kids? Have you done this with the kids lately? Whatever it is, your child will love doing this activity with you because it’s something that YOU love… and you are sharing a core part of yourself with them. [Read more…]

Zen Mommy Minute: Unscheduled Time

How important is unscheduled time in your life? For your children? This week, join me in making down time a priority for yourself and your family; for truly, it is in these moments of “doing-nothing” time that the magic and wonder of childhood (and life!) happen.

It’s in our “being-ness”, not our “doing-ness” that we feel connected to life. If you are feeling disconnected, where can you say “no” in life and perhaps schedule yourself some much needed unscheduled time? ūüôā

I’d love to hear your thoughts on [Read more…]

Zen Mommy Minute: Connectedness is VITAL for Kids

The research study I mention in this video above proves what we moms know in our hearts… that¬† a sense of connectedness is vital if our kids are going to grow up “happy”. When kids feel connected (at home and at school) they are protected from: [Read more…]

How to Hug a Porcupine

porcupine-croppedNext month¬†our oldest daughter turns nine years old and we officially enter the tween zone. So after ten glorious days of family vacation and 30 hours in the car, I just finished my¬†fifth book on the matter. Each book offered many ways I can expect¬†my darling daughter¬†to transform and how¬†I might (and might not) want to respond.¬†After flipping, skimming, laughing, furrowing my brow and talking back to the books, I have to say through it¬†all¬†I had to remind myself to breathe…frequently.

My main take-aways after all that reading?

#1 to prepare¬†for and support my child in¬†seeking independence and a feeling of being “different”¬†from my husband and I. (It’s a tweens job…knowing this, I¬†can embrace it, not fight it)… and

#2, to practice¬†“active listening”. [Read more…]