Meditation

Put Down the Fork: A Mindful Parenting Mantra


A few weeks ago, I was on a retreat as part of a year-long course I recently took on Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. (For the record, the course meets in person in the Boston area and online for those of you around the world, and it’s fantastic. If you’re a mental health professional interested in integrating mindfulness into your practice, I highly recommend you check it out.) Anyway, we spent about 36 hours of...
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Guest Post

Fighting Over a Lollipop: A Mindful Parenting Guest Post


I'm so pleased to host Debbie Blicher on the blog today. Debbie is a writer and mother of two children, and one of the most thoughtful parents I know. My husband first read this piece on Debbie's blog, Two Adopt Two, and suggested I post it on my Mindful Parenting blog, and he was right. There are many, many examples of mindful parenting in this great piece.

"GIVE ME BACK MY LOLLIPOP!" M yelled, chasing...
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Mindfulness

A Mindful Parenting Podcast with Dr. Jessica Michaelson!


Dr. Jessica Michaelson of Honest Parenthood is one of my favorite parenting experts - her perspective is honest, funny, supportive, and refreshingly down to earth - not to mention super helpful! Needless to say, I was thrilled when she asked if I would record a podcast with her about mindful parenting! Other than my man-voice (which I will never quite get over), I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. If you have questions...
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Shit Happens, Parenting Style: A Mindful Parenting Guest Post


I recently had the opportunity to read an advance copy of Brian Leaf's latest book, Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi: Cloth Diapers, Cosleeping, and My (Sometimes Successful) Quest for Conscious Parenting. Now, to be clear,  we are a Pampers and cribs kind of family, and kombucha has never once crossed my lips and yet I loved this book nonetheless. Leaf's reflections on his first years as a father are honest and hilarious, and he seems to...
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Mindfulness

Back on the Blog, This Time with a Book! (Well, Almost.)

It’s been about a month since I’ve posted on this blog, and while some of the reasons are fairly banal (random viruses, strep, school vacations, etc.), the main reason I haven’t been writing as much here is because I’ve been putting the finishing touches on my book, Parenting in the Present Moment: How to Stay Connected, Sane, and Focused on What Really Matters. It will be published this fall by Parallax Press, and...
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Mindfulness

The Dirty Little Secret About Parenting Experts

Illustration by Jim Stoten for The New Yorker

“A recent study has shown that if American parents read one more long-form think piece about parenting they will go fucking ape shit.”

That’s the opening line to the latest New Yorker piece making the rounds of my Facebook feed, and the rest of the article is just as brilliant.

You may find it a bit odd that someone...
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