Four Steps to Diffusing Big Emotions

Four Steps to Diffusing Big Emotions

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

Confessions of a Mindful Parent

Confessions of a Mindful Parent

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

The 4 Telltale Signs of a "Good Enough" Mindful Parent

The 4 Telltale Signs of a "Good Enough" Mindful Parent

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.  

 

Read More

Why I Raise My Sons Open To All Spiritual Faiths...

Why I Raise My Sons Open To All Spiritual Faiths...

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

Compassion (For Ourselves!) as the Key to Parenting

Compassion (For Ourselves!) as the Key to Parenting

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.

Read More

Meditation Retreat Confessions: One Mother’s Suffering

Meditation Retreat Confessions: One Mother’s Suffering

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

How I Learned to Love Baseball, Building a Bridge From Mother to Son

How I Learned to Love Baseball, Building a Bridge From Mother to Son

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

But Don’t You Feel Sad For The Rat Mom?

But Don’t You Feel Sad For The Rat Mom?

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

Mean Mommy

Mean Mommy

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

EXPLORING CONSCIOUS PARENTING WITH THE WISDOM 2.0 COMMUNITY

EXPLORING CONSCIOUS PARENTING WITH THE WISDOM 2.0 COMMUNITY

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