Authenticity

It’s picture day!

Last night, I neatly laid out my son’s shirt that I had chosen for picture day.  It is soft and trendy, a handsome olive green with buttons.  He is an especially easy-going child and has never before not followed my “suggestion” of clothing when it mattered to me.

This morning, my son came down for breakfast completely ready for school in camo shorts and a black Lego t-shirt.  His hair was combed and his socks were on; as far as he was concerned, he was ready. Read the rest of this entry »

Reaping the Benefits | the gift of dyslexia

A few weeks have passed since my son completed the Davis Method for Young Learners and I want to update you on Henry’s progress.  The program itself is simple, but complex, and difficult to immediately comprehend so I was doing a lot of trusting.  And it is paying off. Read the rest of this entry »

R.I.P. Duma

“He used all his power to protect his sister.”

Today, I had to do one of the hardest things a mother has to do.  I told my children that one of their cats was dead.  Not just dead, but killed at the hands of a predator. Read the rest of this entry »

The Secret of a Starbucks Barista


I stopped in to savor the moment – some reading, writing, and sipping at Starbucks while my kids are at art class.  I could have gone home - folded some clothes and wiped down the counters for the fourth time today.  I decided going home would be a distraction from what I really wanted to be right now. Read the rest of this entry »

Grateful for our Guests

For those who have been keeping up with my Parenting Workshops at Drug Court, here is Session 3 of 4.

On a personal note, two major points of interest occurred this week in preparation for this class.  1.  My mentor suggested that the purpose of my teaching this class is for me. (Why yes, of course).  AND, my reason is to better understand the human condition.  (Yes, Oneness with All; Universality).  2.  I made one giant leap on my “mystery” book.  It’s a mystery because I don’t know what it’s about.  AND, at coffee this week with my support hive, I discovered a clue:  it may not be all about me.

Are we not each a microcosm in the macrocosm?  Are we not each learning to dance with our shadow?  Is not our universal human condition to be gardeners of life – composting pain into peace?  Read the rest of this entry »

The Unintended Consequences of Sticker Charts

The essence of the Banyan

I will attempt to capture the essence and insight of this story.  Tonight at voice lessons, my almost 5 year old son sits down on the piano bench and pulls out his sticker chart.  To the teacher’s astonishment, all the square blocks have been filled in with hand- drawn smiley faces.  Unbeknownst to me, this is Henry’s clever handiwork.  As he knows, when the chart is full, he will earn a prize.

Sitting in the kitchen, listening to this exchange, I wonder what the real purpose of sticker charts is.   What lesson had the teacher hoped to teach? Read the rest of this entry »

My 8-year old started her business today

At 6:30 am this morning, my 8-year old daughter woke up and told me she had the name of her business.  She proceeded to doodle the logo.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Conscious Parent: transforming ourselves, empowering our children

Dr. Shefali offers a new paradigm of parenting in The Conscious Parent.  If you are ready to step aside from power struggles and the antiquated days of a hierarchical parent-child relationship, this book is for you.  If you are ready to experience your children as special agents on your spiritual journey, this book is your gospel.     Read the rest of this entry »

Support Hive | a minimalist approach to friends

A Support Hive is a minimalist approach to friends.  Minimalism is a mindset that believes less is more, and recognizes quality over quantity, and this applies to friends too.  A Support Hive are those people in your life who are 100% rooting for you to live your happiest life. 

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How to Break the Shyness Epidemic

Have you noticed what seems to be an increasing number of shy children?  Experts are now suggesting we have a worldwide shyness epidemic.  What can parents do to help their children overcome shyness and lead a fear-less life? 
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