Posts Tagged ‘creating healthy habits’

Giving in our Thanks

Castlewood Park

This is my favorite time of the year: the smell of a bonfire, the burnt orange leaves, a crisp morning run, turkey and cranberries, pumpkin spice coffee in a double-handed mug. Cheers to the thanksgiving season. A time of thanks for all our blessings, big and small. A time of giving for those who temporarily have more to those who temporarily have less.

One of the latest contemplations of my heart is how to practice responsibility with privilege and offer this opportunity to my children. I am seeking “something more than” from our surplus and some way to show our gratitude and put giving in our thanks, and thanks in our giving. Read the rest of this entry »


Losing the money was the best lesson of the day

I had the privilege of taking my daughter and classmate on a Going Out to the zoo for a research project. They were given $10 for incidentals, should they need it.  The only instruction was to bring back a receipt.

Walking back to the car, the one who had been carrying the money announced, “The money isn’t in my pocket.”  It was nowhere to be found – not the pocket, not the car, not the school. Read the rest of this entry »


Increase Children’s Concentration Naturally

In an effort to “parent” our children, are we robbing them of the art of concentration?  I recently came across an article promoting supplements for children to aid concentration.  I thought to myself:

“Why is concentration a concern for today’s children?”

“What role are we as parents playing in this lack of concentration?”

The answer I came up with is CONTROLRead the rest of this entry »


Guideposts for our New Home | local sustainable natural

"It's not hard, when you know what you want."

This week I set a goal to pick-out all building materials for our big, little move.  In three hours, I chose all the building materials for our new home.

I saw my friend before and then again after the expedition.  She inquired if my mission was complete.  When I said, “It is, and surprising effortlessly.”  She replied, “It’s not hard, when you know what you want.”  How true and real her words are. Read the rest of this entry »


Walking Meditation


Thich Nhat Hahn (center), Emily (right)

As I walk, Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist scans my hands.  A lot of the kids plus Thich Nhat Hanh hold hands and walk in a chain.  As I walk silently and calm and as my breaths flow, I am aware of my body.  I am also more aware of my mind.  I think about walking and holding hands with Thich Nhat Hanh.  I get more and more peaceful as I get deeper into walking.  Read the rest of this entry »


Why we like camping with our children

This is not an exhaustive list, but rather the starting point of the conversation, of why we like camping with our children. Camping is our untethered, minimalist, intentional family time. Creating the love of learning and adventure is the reason we camp with our children. Read the rest of this entry »


Are you ready to raise your life-level?

I am privileged and honored to work with the participants in Drug Court of Franklin County on the topics of mindful living and conscious parenting. Last night was our first workshop – “The Power Within You…to Heal Your Life.” I share my notes with you because I discovered they are not different than you and me. They are dealing with the same issues as my friends, and my family. And probably even more significantly, they have the same dreams for life as you and me. It was never more poignant that we are all learning the same life lessons, just through different circumstances. The goal is to raise our consciousness to a greater awareness of our lessons.

“The hope of All can be seen in the eyes of One.” ~ Chris Cleave in Little Bee

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The Footprint of Happiness is Small

Footprints of HappinessBefore we left for vacation to Costa Rica, my oldest daughter and I stumbled upon the Happy Planet Index (HPI).  It is a measurement of the happiness of the people of every nation on Earth.  The score is based on life satisfaction, life expectancy, and an ecological footprint.  Read the rest of this entry »


The Ultimate Guide to Raising Healthy Kids

Children of Promise

One of the most profoundly simple books of holistic success ever written.  It is a concise compilation of the best practices for raising healthy children.  Many books emphasize parts and pieces; this one wraps theory and practice together and offers practical application for a life of health and happiness. Read the rest of this entry »


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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