From Empty to Nourished: Parenting with a Practice, a Path, and a Prayer

My husband and I added spiritual life to our family life 3 years ago. Actually this month is the anniversary of the very beginning of the awakening process we experienced, which started in June 2014. Prior to 3 years ago, we were caring people, striving to be good and do good. We were eating organic… Continue reading From Empty to Nourished: Parenting with a Practice, a Path, and a Prayer

A Six-Step Conscious Communication Structure for Couples

Communication in a relationships is not always easy…. I’m sure you completely understand this from personal experience… When there is conflict or a challenge in a relationship, there are 3 elements needed for meaningful satisfying communication to occur. Willingness, skills, and structure. Willing participants who have enough skill to participate in a communication structure that’s… Continue reading A Six-Step Conscious Communication Structure for Couples

Becoming the Mom I Was Meant to Be

I know what it’s like to lose yourself as a parent, without even realizing it. Simple Non-Parent Joy Prior to becoming a mom, I cared for children for 11 years. Actually, I discovered 4 years prior to THAT, when I was 16 years old or so, that I have some kind of natural ability in relationships… Continue reading Becoming the Mom I Was Meant to Be

Nothing More Magnetizing Than a Playful Parent

I’m experimenting with playfulness. What happens when I’m playful? What are the results? Yesterday’s results told me that there is nothing more relishable, magnetizing, and safer for a child than a playful parent. I’m starting to think that playfulness is the nutrient families are lacking and are deficient in and deprived of. And when we… Continue reading Nothing More Magnetizing Than a Playful Parent

What’s on the Other Side of Stressed Uptight Parenting… Hint: Playful Parenting

Last night my family and I played together! It was satisfying, and interesting how we all found a meaningful role to play, resonating with our unique personalities… I was the mama bird and my body made a nest on the couch. Our 4 yr old and 6 yr old sons were the birds hiding in… Continue reading What’s on the Other Side of Stressed Uptight Parenting… Hint: Playful Parenting

Did I Just Unknowingly Cultivate Tolerance?!!?!

What?! I’m feeling tolerant. I’m experiencing tolerance… like a saint or a sage or something… This is weird!!! What a strange reprieve from constantly being attached to outcomes, wanting peace and harmony, striving and working for the “perfect” family life. Actually, throughout the last 2 days I am literally LAUGHING out loud at the idea… Continue reading Did I Just Unknowingly Cultivate Tolerance?!!?!

Turning My Parenting Fail into a Parenting Win

I failed for about two hours today at being a patient, calm, and connected mom. I am experiencing sadness and frustration. I feel regret. I wish I made different choices a couple of hours ago… As my husband is putting our sweet resilient children to sleep right now, I’m reflecting on how I’m going to… Continue reading Turning My Parenting Fail into a Parenting Win