Moving boundaries

  Last night I had one of about a million encounters with my preteen daughter regarding bedtime. These started at about the age of 3. Both of us have our heels dug in on this issue and it has been going on for years. The reason it’s been going on for years is that it […]

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Who Am I to Interfere?

My 12 year old and I were chatting with a friend of ours last night and he told us a story about a successful entrepreneur who showed incredible signs of independence at a really young age. At the age of 6, he would get angry with his mother for waking him up in the morning […]

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Meet a Need

I love breast feeding and I am a huge advocate of extended nursing and child-led weaning. Anyone who is close to me knows the dogged determination with which I have pursued nursing relationships with all of my children. None were without difficulty, but we hung in there until we got over the hump and they […]

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Finding Myself in the Madness

I agreed to take my 3 small children, one not yet out of diapers, into the wild (well, not exactly – it was a homeschoolers group campout at a State Park) for 3 days of camping – no Dad. 2 days into it, we discover that there are severe thunderstorms storms on the rise. 90% […]

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Weathering the Storm

About 30 days ago, I made the decision to release all of my clients in my business and focus on my family and my own creation. I’ve known for some time that my business was not a creation of passion, but rather one of necessity. It served its purpose and was no longer supporting my […]

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Creating Memories

I have spent more hours than I care to admit focusing on my fears about what memories I have created for my children and how they will feel about me when they are grown. I know this sounds silly; after all, I spend most of my waking – and sometimes my sleeping – hours contemplating […]

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Lost in a Sea of Perfectionism

I have been lost in a sea of perfectionism that has prevented me from posting for a very long time. I have had such an amazing amount of changes flow into my life over the past two years that it hardly seems possible that two years have actually past. It feels as if it has […]

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Purging for the New Year

Another year of abundance brought lots of new “stuff” into our environment; and although I’m extremely grateful for the gifts we’ve received, there is the dilemma of what to do with all of it. Three years ago, we were fortunate enough to purchase our first home, which was significantly larger than our tiny little rental. […]

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Using awareness to deviate from learned parenting behaviors.

I remember the very moment that my daughter was born barely 9 years ago. It’s not a moment most mothers would ever forget, but I remember my exact thought…”It’s time to grow up – today.” It’s not that I felt overly immature at the moment just before that, but the immediate knowing that this tiny […]

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What is parenting in awareness?

When I became a mother, I had very clear intentions on how I wanted to parent: with love, tenderness, compassion, patience, tolerance and acceptance (among other things). But what came out when I was stressed and fatigued (a common state of being for many parents) was something entirely different. Things often fell out of my […]

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