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Parenting

How to Make Bedtime With Kids Easier


Bedtime can be rough, and not just for the kids. Folks get cranky, it’s hard to get motivated, and kids rarely fall asleep as quickly as we want them to. (In their defense, many of us adults also struggle with that same issue.)

The reality is that bedtime is easier for some families than others, for lots of different reasons. If your kids have to share a room and one of them...
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Mindfulness

Smile, Breathe, & Go Slowly: My Mantra for Difficult Moments

Crazy hair day. For the record, hair chalk is a huge pain in the tushy.

This weekend was a shitshow, y’all.

Saturday morning found me dropping off one kid (not my own) who had spent the night at our house and then picking up my daughter, who had spent the night at another friends’ house. We had a busy day planned; it was our last chance to find dresses, shoes, and anything else the girls...
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Book Review

Mindful Parenting for Fidgety Skeptics?


The cat is still extremely skeptical.
The first time I heard about mindfulness and meditation, I thought it was BS. I thought it was for people who didn't have their sh*t together. I was super type-A and I didn't need that hippie baloney.

And then I had kids. And everything changed.

It took me longer than I'd like to admit to stop being Little Miss JudgyPants and start integrating mindfulness into my daily life. Needless to...
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Meditation

How I Taught My Kids to Meditate

My daughters have abandoned their meditation cushions, so the kitty moved in.

In my last post, I wrote about why I started teaching my kids to meditate. In this post, I’ll share how I taught them, and what I did when they lost interest.

I want to start out by saying that I don’t think formal meditation is the best way to teach mindfulness to young children....
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Meditation

Why I’m Teaching My Girls to Meditate


Teaching my girls to meditate wasn’t one of my resolutions for the new year. I’ve got a ton of tricks up my sleeve for practicing mindfulness with them; so many, in fact, that I wrote a book about it. But formal seated meditation can be hard for little ones, especially kiddos who are super twitchy after being stuck inside for a week because the temperature outside is approximately one bajillion...
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General

Making It Easier to be Mindful During the Holidays

Keepin' it real here, folks. Here's our Hanukkah celebration from a couple of years ago - one kid grumpily lighting candles while the other one has a fit. Good times!

Today is Giving Tuesday, hot on the heels of Cyber Monday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Melt on The Couch Because You’re So Damn Tired Sunday.

Folks, we are officially in the holiday season. Yikes.

By now you’ve...
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Parenting

Advice for an Overwhelmed Parent (Anonymous Reader Question)

This is me, pregnant with #2 and freaking out as #1 digs her razor sharp elbow into my belly. For some reason, this seems like an appropriate picture to share with this post.

Here's my latest response to an anonymous reader

A few questions: How do I introduce chores in a young family of three? What are best practices for limit setting? How do I get my kid to stop playing...
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Meditation

How to Calm Your Freaking Brain

Don't get me wrong; I'm really glad this place exists. But boy does it make me anxious.

“Maybe I should google the possible risks and side effects of anesthesia in children.”

That’s the thought that popped into my decidedly unhelpful brain last Thursday night. I was lying in the dark on my daughter’s bedroom floor, waiting for her to fall asleep. She was having a hard time for the same reason I...
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Parenting

How Do I Get My Kids to Stop Swearing? (Reader Question)


Here's the latest anonymous question from one of my readers:

My kids are 9 and 6, and they’ve been swearing more lately. I try not to make a big deal about it lest they use the words more often to get attention, but some of the language they are "trying out" is truly inappropriate and offensive. Most of this happens at home with just our family around (thankfully). How do I address this in...
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