Posts Tagged ‘peaceful children’

The Way to a Happy Life according to an 8- and 6-year old

Children are wise souls, and may often be more in touch with their essence than their parents. My children offer constant guidance, if only I were a better listener. This is a collection of bits of wisdom that I compiled during recent conversations with my 8- and 6- year old daughters. 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 »


A Bell You Shall Be | a meditation for parents

When conditions are sufficient, you manifest peace.

My Dearest Children,

It is your nature to reflect reality as-it-is.  When conditions are sufficient, you manifest peace.  When conditions are insufficient, you manifest ill-ease. 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 »


Useful & Beautiful | Create Space in Your Home

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Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.  ~ William Morris

This is an excerpt from my 8 year-old daughter’s blog post, titled “Useful and Beautiful – Love and Peace.” 

“Today our mom asked please go through your things and put in a pile what you want to give to the crisis nursery and good will. Read the rest of this entry »


Keep the Peace on Snow Days

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After 4 ½ snow days, I have read numerous panicked facebook posts about what to do with “little monsters” and the havoc they create, teenagers playing video games for countless hours, and families in complete chaos of stuff, things, noise, and junk food.

It is not only possible to survive the snow days, but also to keep the peace.   Read the rest of this entry »