“The sign of great parenting is not the child’s behavior. The sign of truly great parenting is the parent’s behavior.” — Andy Smithson HOW WILL YOU RESPOND? Over the past few weeks, I’ve emphasized the importance of self-care. I hope you’ve begun to incorporate small bits of self-care into your day. Even a short 2-5 minute time period has an amazing impact on your well-being. Stepping outside and taking long deep cleansing breaths while looking up at the sky is a wonderful way to help calm your nervous system…kind of like a reset button. Listening to a song can lighten your mood, and dancing to a song can kickstart your […] Read more »

Giving Your Kids the Gift of “Calm”

Giving Your Kids the Gift of “Calm” “It’s all about finding the calm in the chaos.” — Donna Karan In the busyness of our daily lives, calm seems to elude us. As we witness the chaos in today’s world, calm seems foreign to us. Our nervous systems are on overload. And reactivity seems to be the norm. We observe individuals crying out— wanting to be seen, heard and acknowledged. Yet, as their voice gets louder, their true essence seems to diminish. As parents, it’s easy to react to your children when not aware. You may react to their behavior rather than respond to them as individuals. If you see this […] Read more »

MINDFUL MOTHERING TIPS…Who’s Taking Care of You?

Who’s Taking Care of You? There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by myself. —Brian Andreas Typically, you don’t recognize the symptoms of dehydration until you’re suffering thirst. But research indicates that thirst is an indicator that you are already dehydrated. And while common sense tells you to drink water frequently throughout the day, even when you don’t feel the need, as well as before and during activities, many of us don’t drink water until we are thoroughly parched. The same applies to self-care. Chances are you do not think about self-care until […] Read more »


“You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path…not by your successes or failures.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear Have you ever opened your mouth and been completely surprised by the words you’ve heard? The words you’ve spoken, yet you weren’t convinced they were your own? As I’ve shared with some of you, this happened to me nine years ago when I opened my mouth and said, I’m going to write a book for moms. I was surprised (rather shocked) when I said it. I knew those words weren’t mine. I knew, simply because I was not a writer (my 11th grade English teacher had […] Read more »

Exciting News! I’m Birthing a Book for Mamas

Giving birth is a time that’s filled with joy and a lot of hard work! And a lot happens before the birth. Before sharing news about the birth of my book, I thought I’d share the story behind the birth story… When I first started blogging, many years ago, I was given this advice: “Once you begin blogging, be consistent. Consistency can mean once a day, a week or a month, but be consistent.” I followed that advice for many years. My intention in blogging was to provide you with sound parenting advice, and inspire you to be the parent you want to be (and your child needs you to […] Read more »

Join me for an upcoming parenting class! Become a calm, connected, and confident parent! Register yourself and a friend by February 5th, and receive a 15% discount!

Are you hoping to become a confident parent? How will you know when you’ve become one? When your child… Listens? Acts responsibly? Makes appropriate choices? Respects you? The problem with your confidence measure, is that your level of confidence is dependent upon what your child does or does not do. How would it feel to be a calm, connected and confident parent each and every day? No matter what your child does. Yes, it is possible. I’ve worked with many parents and have witnessed their growth as they’ve learned to become calm, connected and confident in their parenting. They’ve learned to stop focusing on their children but rather focus on […] Read more »

Dreams Do Come True…sharing EXCITING NEWS!!!

“If your dreams don’t scare you—they’re not BIG enough.” ~Ellen Johnson Sirleaf My dreams have been BIG and SCARY! Some of you may not know this about me, but I dream big—I see a brighter future for children and parents. That’s why there is a bright shiny sun on my website and why my tagline reads… Helping to create a brighter future for you and your child In my life’s work, my mission and vision has been to reach as many parents as possible to help them become more mindful in their parenting—more awake and aware of their own individual journey as a parent. I believe my life’s work has […] Read more »

Where in the World is Calm?

Be the Peace You Wish to See in the World. Martin Luther King, Jr. I’ve been feeling sad lately. Sad about the injustice in the world and about the way we treat each other, individually and collectively. Although I certainly do not have the answers, I am reminded that we each play our own part…our own role in how we show up in the world. One thing that I do know for sure (sorry Oprah, but I too have some thoughts), is that how we treat others is not too distant from how we treat ourselves. When we’re quick to judge or criticize others, we’re often quick to allow our […] Read more »

Can Strep Infections Cause Behavioral or Psychiatric Disorders in Children?

I’m so glad you’ve joined us today, as we explore PANDAS and it’s effects on children. Have you ever heard of PANDAS, or has your child ever suffered from this? I’m not talking about the cute furry black and white bear at the zoo. PANDAS is an acronym for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus infection. Not all children, who are infected by Strep, will get PANDAS. Although I do believe that the percentage of children who are at risk for this is increasing, and it warrants a conversation. My intention is not to scare or worry you as a parent, but as a pediatric nurse practitioner and child […] Read more »

Life Happens…Your Best Life Happens with Intention

Are you feeling like life is passing you by? Me too! Did your life seem like a whirlwind before the holidays? Mine did too! Have you been able to slow down a bit in 2015 and recapture a bit of your life? I’m working on it! For those of you who follow my blog, and perhaps wonder where I’ve been since mid-December, I’ve been busy “doing and being”. I loved our family time during the holidays, and set my intention to soak up every moment. I also consciously planned a very low key slow week after the holidays to get back to life, organize, declutter, and let go of what […] Read more »