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Your Relationship: The Best Leverage You Have Over Your Kids


“If you do that again, I’m going to be pretty unhappy.”

I made that bold and daring threat to my younger daughter this morning.

Ok, it’s not officially a threat. It was more like a fairly accurate description of what was likely to happen if she continued to be annoying, but I’m sure her six year-old brain heard it as a threat. Either way, I said it.

I say some...
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How My Daughters Are Helping Me Keep My Resolutions

Our resolutions charts for the first week of 2015.

In my last post, I offered some ideas for how to set effective New Years Resolutions. Although there are many folks out there who question the value of setting resolutions at all, I couldn’t help myself. I love the idea of a fresh start and a new opportunity to do a little bit better for myself and my family.

I...
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How to Really Keep Your Resolutions This Year


Less than two weeks. We have less than two weeks until the new year, and we all know what that means.

New Years Resolutions.

I love resolutions. I love a fresh start, a new opportunity to begin again.

And, like the vast majority of Americans, it’s not long before I lapse into old habits again.

The thing is, change is hard. It’s especially hard when we’re tired and busy and overwhelmed by the demands of work and home and...
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My Top Ten Favorite Parenting Resources

I’m back!

Sorry I disappeared for a while, folks. I’ve been busy with book talks for Parenting in the Present Moment, working on my next book about teaching mindfulness to children (New Harbinger, 2015), helping my big girl transition to kindergarten, my little girl transition to not being in the same school as her big sister (The tears! Oh, the tears!), and obsessing about Serial.

Anyway, one of the most common questions I get at...
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Staying Present When the Babysitter Calls Out Sick


The babysitter called in sick yesterday.

Actually, she texted in sick.

(For the record, I have come to dread any texts that come in before 8 AM.)

I had spent my shower planning out the work I was going to get done once she showed up (so much for mindful awareness, which, as it turns out, I really could have used that day); the list included revising two book chapters, outlining two more, writing a blog post, preparing two...
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Heal the Hurry with Mindfulness: A Mindful Parenting Guest Post

In my latest mindful parenting guest post, Lisa McCrohan of The Barefoot Barn shares her observations about our culture of hurry, as well as a useful exercise for slowing down and getting grounded. We are a culture of hurry, worry and busy. Many of us walk around with amped up nervous systems, multi-tasking as we sit at a stoplight handing breakfast to our kiddos in the backseat, checking our email in line at a coffee...
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Hanna Rosin Dissed Mindful Parenting Because She Doesn’t Understand It

Look how cute they are! You'd never know they were plotting against

As I have written before, I am pretty ambivalent about the current mindfulness bandwagon. On the one hand, I am so grateful that a scientifically supported, ancient wisdom is finally making its way into the popular media and American consciousness. On the other hand, I’m afraid it’s going to get lost in a sea of kale and...
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Mindful Parenting: Nothing Special?


I am currently re-reading Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn. It's a long book, but well worth the time. I came across this quote and wanted to share it:

"In the Zen tradition of meditation, people are fond of saying that the practice is nothing special. The practice is nothing special in the same way that being a mother or giving birth is nothing special, that being...
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Welcome to Mindful Parenting

Parenting often takes a lot more stamina and skill than first-time parents realize. That's why some parenting self-help book classics remain popular, even decades after they were first published.

Although the study of and practice of mindfulness are becoming increasingly popular in both scientific research...
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