One of the most common requests I receive from corporate clients and stay at home/working parents alike is to help them manage their response to stress. Personally, particularly on school day mornings, as I’m trying to get my kids out the door and myself to work, having the ability to bring it down a notch is absolutely critical. No one can find their shoes, the dogs are barking, the waffles just burned, and I’m running late to see a client. The best parts of me can be pretty hard to find in those moments.Read More
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I’m here to help you embrace your messy life and begin to feel more ease even through the rough spots. React Less, Connect More. Oh yes you can!
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Wisdom Teachings for Young People in the Technology Age
It was just a matter of time that parents, who are already often riddled with guilt for one thing or another, would find a way to feel bad about their mindfulness practice. And when I talk about “parents” what I really mean is “me”. Although I do have some serious data that I’m not alone in this dilemma having worked with and spoken with parents from all around the country who share one thing in common…..mindfulness.Read More
A mindful parent is wise, calm, and always knows just what to do in any given parenting situation. Right? Right? Maybe not so much.
I began focusing on parenting mindfully about eight years ago and at that time one of my main goals was to stay calm and not get angry. How do you think that worked out for me? Well...I pretty much ended up feeling like a failure every time I didn't feel calm and got angry. For the record, I don't recommend stuffing anger in the name of mindful parenting.
Life is our teacher every step of the way...even the messy unpleasant parts (especially the messy unpleasant parts). All of our experiences exist to open us up to what we have yet to learn.
I recently found myself walking in circles in my unorganized office. My head was spinning with all of the responsibilities and projects I currently had on my plate. The list seemed endless. I was homeschooling my youngest son for the first time this year, entering my second year of graduate school, working with a few new coaching clients...Read More
Today I found a perfect little ladybug crawling around on the bed and immediately set in motion my plan to save it! I encouraged it on my finger while admiring its beauty and then safely cupped it inside of my hands. When I arrived outside I walked around looking for the perfect place to set it free, eventually placing it on some lovely flowers.Read More
The punch line here, as far as I’m concerned, is that at the core… it’s all the same darn thing anyway. The tales have been told in countless languages, countries, tribes, and under the roofs of all places of faith. I believe most faiths have something to teach me….even the ones I don’t know about yet. Especially the ones I don’t know about yet.Read More
I'm not sure any group of people walking the planet are harder on themselves than parents. Geez. We do not give ourselves a break.
Anyone else besides me ever think to themselves.....
I'm totally screwing up my kids
Oh man, I shouldn't have said that. They are never going to forgive me.
I'm a terrible parent. Seriously. I suck at it.
Why did I raise my voice in anger again? I'm hopeless.
My children's future spouse is going to hate me and deprive me of my grandchildren.
OK, so the title is a bit misleading here…I haven’t actually GONE on the retreat yet. That being said, I’m all signed up and preparing my husband and two young sons for five days without mommy. Yep. You heard it. Silence. Five whole days. Need to find your baseball glove? Want a glass of milk? Trouble with your homework? Find dad. He’s your guy.Read More
My husband LOVES baseball. During entire seasons he follows the Giants online, on the radio, or on TV. Perpetually. At all times. Seriously. It always seemed like the season would never end. I considered starting a petition to lower the number of games played each year. I’m a sports fan, but for many years, I’ll admit, I was pretty irked at the mere mention of baseball simply because my husband was so obsessed.Read More
My family is blessed to live in a wonderful suburb just North of San Francisco. Our home is in close proximity to a quaint little town as well as hiking and biking trails leading into the forest just steps from our door. Although I try not to think about it, we also share our wonderful little corner of the world with plenty of rats who enjoy the ivy, fruit trees, and bleeding heart naturalists who wouldn’t even consider putting out rat poison in fear of hurting the ecosystem (I count myself in that camp by the way, and the rats apparently really appreciate the concern).Read More
Recently, I was pulling into my driveway with my youngest son Brody and one of his buddies for an after school play-date. I overheard his friend quietly saying "My mom is so mean. She yells at me everyday." I assume they had a rough morning at home...something I have a bit of experience with myself. Before I knew it, Brody was chiming in..."My mom is so mean too!".Read More
This morning as my boys were leaving for school my youngest son did what he normally does before leaving the house… say goodbye to the dogs. He of course does this ever so slowly with a kiss and a story to them about how the school day isn’t that long…Read More
Last night as my son was leaving for basketball practice I noticed he was wearing a long sleeved shirt under his practice jersey. I let him know I thought he would be hot once he started running but he said he would be fine. When he came home he was covered in sweat and had his long sleeved shirt in his hand.Read More
Parenting in our exceedingly connected wired world can leave mothers, fathers, and caretakers alike wondering how to manage it all. The fast pace of life, combined with the use of multiple devices draws our attention away from our loved ones. At the same time, many of us notice our inner world beckoning us back for deeper connection. What actions do we take to find peace amidst it all?Read More
I believe if we raise a conscious generation of youth, our world will be a better place for my children and their families.
I believe in the power of mindfulness and meditation to transform our inner and outer worlds.
I believe compassion should be taught to every child and in every school across the globe.Read More