Allowing Our Children To Freely Express Themselves

“There is no single effort more radical in its potential for saving the world than a transformation of the way we raise our children.” Marianne Williamson The following story is an excerpt from “CLICK…Choosing Love ONE FRAME AT A TIME”, by Carl Studna. He is a world renowned photographer who has uses his gift and talents to capture the essence of individuals and ordinary moments. His book, so beautifully written, reminds us that in every moment of our life, we have choices to act out of love rather than fear, and to free ourselves to be our true selves. I loved reading his book, not only because of my passion […] Read more »

Are You a Balanced Mom?

We often often hear about the importance of having a balanced life, eating a balanced diet, and being a balanced Mom. What does that really mean? I found out, while giving a recent workshop for Moms, “Being a Mom is a Wake-Up Call…to Your Life”, that it means different things to different people. Some Moms reported hating the word “balance”. The word had a negative connotation for them. They viewed the act of balancing a family, work and life as unrealistic. They shared that by trying to achieve this “balance”, they put even more pressure on themselves. Perhaps the pressure of not finding or maintaining the balance, led them to […] Read more »

I Am So Glad You Were Born

“I am so glad you were born”…seven words so simple, yet so powerful.  Perhaps rather ordinary yet so beautiful when placed together in one sentence. As parents, we feel love for our children, but how often do we voice those words?  When we say “I love you” to our child, we express our love and admiration.  The phrase, “I love you” is meaningful but often generic. We so easily get caught up the busyness of our daily lives and focus on our “to do” lists and our children’s behavior.  We remember our daily tasks and reminders for our children…”Have you done your homework?”…”Did you remember to brush your teeth?”.  We […] Read more »

Inspired by Strength

I recently had the privilege of spending time with military Moms and caregivers of their wounded husbands. I was invited to facilitate a Caregiver’s Circle and workshop, “Who’s Taking Care of You?”, as part of the Lt. Dan Weekend, held at Palm Key Retreat Center. As I sat with these amazing women, I was saddened by their stories, but inspired by their strength. Even through their tumultuous experiences and lives filled with uncertainties, there was such grace and strength among these women. Although they expressed frustration and anger, that was not their focus. They were not expending precious energy by focusing on the negative. They have consciously chosen to move […] Read more »

Back to school…Are you ready?

It’s back to school time. Many parents have a smile on their face and are ready for school to begin. However, most kids I know are not quite ready for summer to end. Now is the time to begin to help your children make the transition from summer to school. Here are some tips to help make this transition a smooth one. Begin the transition a week or so before school begins by creating routines and a school time schedule. No more late nights! Establish regular bedtime and wake-up schedules. Set your child up for success! Purchase appropriate school supplies Minimize morning mishaps by preparing the night before Set out […] Read more »

Mom Power

“Oh what a power is motherhood, possessing A potent spell All women alike Fight fiercely for a child.” ~ Euripides Recently I watched a video, once again, of a powerful Mom. She spoke about her need to protect her children during a tornado. View the video here. It was a reminder, to me, how strong a mother’s instinct is to protect her children, whatever the cost.  To this mother, it was the cost of losing her legs.  Whether a Mom protects her children with a heroic act, such as this Mom did, or protects her child when they are hurt, both are powerful acts. Mothers also have an intuitive sense […] Read more »

Life’s Rules

Do you ever wish that you had all of the answers to life’s questions? Or perhaps a rule book for life, to help make daily living a bit easier? Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote, “Life is a journey, not a destination.”, is a wonderful reminder to enjoy the present moment. However, having some life guidelines to go by might make the journey a little smoother. Ken Druck, author of “The REAL RULES OF LIFE Balancing Life’s Terms with Your Own”, provides just that for his readers. After the death of his own daughter, he learns first hand that life does not always go according to a plan. As he faces personal […] Read more »

Social Media…Keeping Kids Connected

Lately, have you ever noticed more and more families plugged-into their phones, computers or video game devices? I’ve observed many digitally “connected” families in restaurants, airports, parks and even on the beach. I notice more and more families spending a lot of time on their electronic devices. Don’t get me wrong. I love technology and feel that a lot of good has come from it. However, it seems that we are spending more time talking to our devices than to each other. As we are texting, tweeting and messaging, are we really listening to each other? Ironically, the intention of social media is to connect us, but is it really? […] Read more »

Helping Your Children Tame Their Tantrums

A few months ago, I wrote an article that I’d like to share with you, entitled “Taming the Tantrums“. It was recently published in the online “Mindful Parenting Magazine“. You might notice that it is their “winter issue” because it is based in Australia. The fact that they asked me to write an article about tantrums, particularly in older children, was reassuring to know that temper tantrums are not only occurring in the United States! In my work, and as a Mom, I have found that when a child learns to soothe themself, they are not as dependent on others to help calm them down. They begin to feel more […] Read more »

Choices…How Do We Choose To Live Our Lives And Parent Our Children?

Your children will see what you’re all about by what you live rather than what you say.   ~ Wayne Dyer   Recently, I had the opportunity and privilege to read a beautiful book, “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying”, by Bronnie Ware.  I joined Hay House’s book nook blogger community and chose this book to review. As I read her book, which I absolutely loved, I was reminded not only of the regrets of those who were dying, but of regrets that we often carry throughout our lives. The top five regrets of the dying were… I wish I hadn’t worked so hard. I wish I’d had the […] Read more »