Parenting requires a long list of skills; patience, perseverance, compassion, negotiation, interpersonal communication, active listening, and that’s not including all the household abilities like organizing and scheduling etc. This skill is subtle, simple yet complex but one of the most powerful - it is the skill of attunement. According to the Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary … [Read more...] about Why this is the most important parenting skill
One day after school I was with my 8 year old daughter Emilie. She was a complete delight! Happy, cheery, joyful, singing and being her fun-loving spirited self. I was truly connected with her and experiencing her joy along with her. I loved the way she swung her hair, laughed, giggled, and changed her voice to sound goofy and funny and how she was in the moment and being silly without caring who … [Read more...] about This small choice that can make a huge difference!
As Mother’s Day approaches I've been reflecting on what it means to be a mother. Being a mother hasn't always been easy – not exactly what I thought it would be – but it has given me experiences I know I wouldn't have had - experiences I now cherish. Here are 10 things I really cherish about being a mom – my gifts from motherhood. The “welcome home” hugs There is nothing more special than the … [Read more...] about Mother’s Day Reflection – 10 things I cherish about being a mom
A while back I was struggling to figure out why my daughter Emilie was rejecting all the efforts I’d been making to help her. As I sat in my car one day it came to me – wow – I’m not parenting my daughter the way she needs! After more reflection this is what I realized - my inner child had actually been parenting Emilie - I was parenting unconsciously! Inner child - what's that? During … [Read more...] about Do you really know who is parenting your child???
A few months ago I hosted a Conscious Mothering Workshop and the topic was self-care. We talked about how it’s our responsibility to get our needs met – that we needed to make time for self-care so we could be authentic and true to ourselves. We discussed why we don’t take care of ourselves and some women felt that they have a ‘martyrdom’ complex: that somehow they should put everyone else … [Read more...] about 50 Awesome Mom-Inspired Self-Care Ideas!
I really do believe our children are our greatest teachers. I learn something every day from my children; either about myself or life in general. I have compiled a list of 7 important lessons our children can teach us. These lessons can be a game changer for your parenting and your life. Being open to the lessons is key. When we are present and living in the moment it's much easier to see and … [Read more...] about 7 important lessons our children can teach us