I've always been a firm believer in routines. The benefits of routines in cognitive function and emotional regulation are numerous. Routines were the foundation of my training as an early childhood educator and they've been a staple in my parenting. But, up until recently, despite their many benefits, routines have also been a huge source of anxiety for me.Read More
Over the next 100 days, I'll be documenting my journey with Pedram Shojai's book, The Art of Stopping Time. I'll share the techniques I'm currently working on and my thoughts about the exercises he provides for readers. I'm hoping it'll be life-changing for me as I make progress in my career and for those of you following along implementing the strategies in your own lives.Read More
I really believe in the power of learning these skills at a young age, hopefully relieving our children of the anxiety so many of us experience as adults.
These are 10 of my favorite resources for raising mindful kids!Read More
Ok, I admit. I tricked you with this title a little bit. When we think "new baby gifts" we think of gifts FOR the baby. But actually the items I'll mention are for the parents who are having a new baby. Because, let's face it, they're the ones that really need the gifts. So, if you really want to support and encourage the exhausted, hard-working parents of a new baby, read on!Read More
Regardless of gender, children are little people. Right? They'll grow to be big people. People need to take care of themselves and each other. Realistic, appropriately-sized dolls are an essential part of the toy inventory for any household.Read More
Whether it’s with his smiles and hugs or his tears and disappointment, he is trying to communicate with me. He wants to know he is being heard and understood. He’s trying to figure out his place among the people around him. He’s human. The desire and ability to connect with other humans isn’t a male or female characteristic. It’s a human characteristic.Read More
Being a mom often means putting our thoughts, plans, and ideas for our kids before our own.
And that’s a beautiful, selfless thing. But it is mentally exhausting.
Here are some ideas to help you keep your thinking sharp. So the next time you’re expected to discuss something more intellectual than why you shouldn’t wear shorts in 30-degree temps or that ice cream is not a breakfast food, you’ll be prepared.Read More
When you use your pregnancy and postpartum period to get to know this new you and prioritize your own needs, the journey into new motherhood becomes a lot easier, happier, and healthier.
So accept all advice graciously, then read this. This is the information I wish I had been given before the birth of my first baby.Read More
Especially in these times of exclusion and discrimination, bringing up what we think about a higher power and a divine grand plan brings with it a lot of anxiety. But I believe we are called to be vocal about our faith- that part of our mission as human beings is to help others find peace.Read More
I bought some new maternity clothes. I put away things that wouldn’t fit. We made and sent a sidewalk chalk “I’m going to be a big brother” photo announcement.
I hesitated as I did all these things. I had doubt. But I convinced myself it was just anxiety from the last time. It really wouldn’t happen again, right? Right. But really, I knew.Read More