A beginner’s guide to mindful parenting

If you have been to a yoga class, maybe you’ve heard an instructor say something about “finding yoga off the mat.” What she or he is describing is mindfulness, the process of adding consciousness and awareness to daily interactions. It is powerful stuff.  With...

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Try This Now Instead of New Year’s Resolutions

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] In anticipation of this New Year, instead of making huge resolutions about how to improve yourself or your kids, how about trying a different parenting approach? It starts with a non-action: taking stock of what you’ve got going on already. Taking stock begins with separating...

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My Teenager Is Judging Me: How Do I Play It Cool?

Critical thinking is an important skill that serves us long after we leave our parents house. If you want to raise a critical thinker, you teach your child how to have her own opinions. However, while your teen still lives with you,...

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Paradoxes of parenthood: Louie CK as guru

How this guy empowered me to embrace the paradoxes of parenthood   Early in my mom years, I heard the well-known bit from Louis CK about the many paradoxes of parenthood. He explained that , even though he loves his kids intensely, being a parent...

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I’m Here!

Hello there, the Internet, it’s Helaina. Yes I keep a low profile, and yes I’ve been lurking about some, but I’ve also been up to a few things. I’m married and the mom of two feisty little girls. Oh, and we live...

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