Want some very straightforward and easy-to-apply methods for connecting with your children when your first inclination is to scream or lecture or punish? Sandy Blackard’s Say What You See approach offers a way of connecting and respecting your children while setting boundaries both parents and kids can live with. Her book SAY WHAT YOU SEE . . . → Read More: Sandy Blackard Interview: Part 3
My son, our three cats, and I have been on summer vacation for a week. I find myself thinking a lot about being productive and repeatedly giving myself permission to rest. Usually people talk about a work/life balance but I can turn anything into work—parenting, working for money, house work, working towards goals, learning new . . . → Read More: Balancing Productivity & Rest
In Gretchen Rubin’s personal happiness project, she defines Personal Commandments. Commandments have connotations I’m not sure I want to take on. So what to call mine? Uber-resolutions? Goals for myself that extend beyond an aim for that particular day (exercise, enough sleep, etc). Rules for life? Core values?
I finally settled on Guiding Principles. When . . . → Read More: Guiding Principles
My happiness project officially ended a couple of weeks ago. Shall I announce, now, that I am happy happy happy? Well, I am. Sometimes.
In January of 2010, I started working through Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read . . . → Read More: Happy Happy Joy Joy
Spring break didn’t turn out at all as I’d planned. We were supposed to go to Chicago to visit friends. Then I got a phone call. “I think I just really f-ed up.” My friend went on to explain she’d been to a pox party and her kids should be getting chicken pox the day . . . → Read More: To Pox or Not to Pox?
We all live by a set of beliefs that inform how we see ourselves, see others, and function in the world. These beliefs may be helpful, contradictory, conscious or unconscious, but they turn into rules we live by: people are good (or bad), life is a struggle (or I won’t have to deal with than . . . → Read More: What Are the Rules You Live By?
Some people I know think Valentine’s Day is a schmaltzy Hallmark holiday not worth celebrating, but I love it. My mom’s birthday is on Valentine’s Day so we grew up celebrating it with Texas Chocolate Cake topped with red hots. We had hearts all over the house, which is probably why they’re my favorite shape.
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I took a bath in cat urine this weekend. Hopefully needless to say, this was not intentional. I put lavender bubble bath in the tub as I ran the water. It smelled lavender-y when I got in. But the water was too cold, so I drained some, added more hot, and was still soaking in . . . → Read More: A New Window
My son turned five a couple of weeks ago and it’s sent me into a bit of a tailspin. Okay, maybe not just his turning five. We had a Halloween party, a birthday, house-guests with small children for a week. We got a cat who didn’t eat for the first few days, then got an . . . → Read More: Turning Five
Do you ever get the feeling that you are exactly where you’re supposed to be? I was lucky enough to experience that twice this past week. The first time was when we got our new cat. The second time was when I walked into the Shambhala Center on Wednesday night.
They have open meditation from . . . → Read More: Sit Still