"Our intention creates our reality." -Wayne Dyer This year, set intentions instead of resolutions. For thousands of years, it has been a tradition to make a New Year's resolution. A resolution is a firm decision to do or not do something and the majority of resolutions created focus on self-improvement. Yet, the definition feels so rigid and constrictive. And it's important to note that the majority of … [Read more...] about Set Intentions: Create a life you love.
From Acorn to Oak
How do you handle a crisis? Do you freeze, run away or fight? Or do you stay calm, listen and offer support? Throughout the day, we are faced with dilemmas or problems. Typically they are small problems but some are bigger than others. And every person interprets the dilemma differently. Our kids have dilemmas too. And because they don't have the same life experiences we have, their smaller problems feel … [Read more...] about How to stay calm during your kids meltdown
1. There's no such thing as nap when the baby naps. This was something that was reiterated to me over and over. Pre-baby this was the biggest piece of advice I heard. I knew that as a new mom I would be tired and so I held on to this advice truly believing that it would solve all of my sleep woes. It didn't. In fact, this was the worst piece of advice for me. Now, I get that everyone was well meaning and had … [Read more...] about What I wish I knew as a New Mom…
Throughout the week I have the honor of listening to parents be vulnerable. And it is during those brave moments that I frequently hear parents say: "I know this sounds horrible but... " sometimes I hide in the bathroom longer than I need to, just to get a break.I hate pretend play and try to avoid it with my child.I spanked my kid yesterday, even after I talked about no longer spanking.I'm sending my kid to … [Read more...] about You are NOT failing as a parent
Ahhh, dinner battles. Or for some parents, mealtime struggles. You know the routine: "Sit down. Two more bites. Close your mouth. Chew please. Sit back down. No dessert. That wasn't a bite. Don't spit out your food like that. Chew please. Stop bugging your brother. Sit down." Now, take a deep breath. Close your eyes and imagine your family nicely seated around the table. Everyone is polite and calm. You discuss … [Read more...] about How to End Dinner Battles
A permission slip is a small piece of paper where someone (usually a parent/caregiver) gives someone else (a kid) permission to do something. If you have children in school, you are probably familiar with these small slips of paper. But a permission slip is not just for school. As parents, we need to give ourselves permission too. Brené Brown shares this strategy in her Dare to Lead programs. She focuses … [Read more...] about 10 “Permission Slips” for Parents to Sign