This article was originally published on March 28, 2011. Tonight my three-year-old and I had a little stand-off. He wanted to wear his brother’s roller skates (instead of his own), and he thought that kicking, screaming, hitting, and biting would do the trick. Dinner was on the stove, my husband was delayed getting home from […]
Being in control of life simply is not possible: kids get sick, plans get cancelled, job layoffs happen. While the unknown can be scary, being mindful can bring us peace. This book takes the somewhat overwhelming task of beginning a mindfulness meditation practice and makes it accessible for all.
In this humorous and inspiring essay, author Amy Makechnie shares her experience of giving her thirteen-year-old daughter a lump sum allowance for the year and watching life lessons unfold.
I know my sleep directly affects my abilities as a mother. And although there are many aspects of sleep completely out of my control, this book taught me that there are things I do have control over.
The new year is now underway and the ambition is starting to retreat into the routine. How do we teach our kids to set and track goals? Let’s discuss what tools you use to keep your family on target.
We all want our children to be accepted and liked by other children. No one wants their child to be the one everyone stares at, whispers about, ignores, or even laughs at. I believe we also all want our children to know how to treat that child who is different.
This article was originally published on December 31, 2013. I grew up thinking that the mandatory requirement of New Year’s Day was to create a long list of resolutions. So I did. And I still do. (Because it’s a habit…and because it’s fun.) But what I’ve come to learn over the past few years […]
Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them. –Richard L. Evans (Click for printable version.)
A trusted friend once told me, “In motherhood, the hard moments sometimes outnumber the beautiful moments, but the beautiful moments always outweigh the hard moments.” I have developed a few strategies to give the perfect moments in motherhood even more weight so they can anchor me through the hard times.
In our fast-paced, technology-driven society, mealtimes present a rare opportunity to spend a few screen-free moments with your family. I decided that I wasn’t willing to sacrifice this precious time together because of food battles and instead chose to focus on the quality of our interactions around the table.
Slowing down the pace of life allows us to regroup, reconnect, and recharge. A life less hurried is a life more sweetly savored.
Attentive listening is arguably the supreme gift we can give children of any age, but especially our teenagers. And the big bonus is that it doesn’t cost a cent.