Simple Strategies for Life’s Stressful Situations

Self Regulating for Parents (1)

For years, I was that parent who disembarked the airplane, three kids in tow, Sharpie scribbles on my cheek and yogurt (or some other sticky food item) glommed onto my clothes. With my husband away for extended periods, I routinely traveled solo with the kiddos, coast to coast, to see family. Upon arrival at our…

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Incidents, Accidents, and Hilarity – Travels with a Toddler 

travels tips toddler

Like so many of our clients, the dance of managing diapers, dinners, dollars and keeping the house in some sort of organized manner, oftentimes feels impossible and unsustainable. Sometimes, we need to make radical changes to reconnect as a family and reassess our goals. This was the case in 2013, when the pressures of three…

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How to Be Imperfect: A Guide for Mothers

how to be an imperfect mother

In preparation for my daughter’s ballet recital a few weeks ago, I was pinning up the last strands of her hair into a bun when I noticed another mom dropping off her tutu-wearing 4 year old. “Be perfect,” I overheard the mother say to her daughter, as she scurried off with her ballet class. I…

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Easy Ways to Deeply Relax

how to deeply relax as mothers

A common theme that runs through many conversations with clients is the sheer busyness of life throughout the season of pregnancy, newborn stage, and into the far reaches of motherhood. Add to that work outside the home, managing the details of family, and minimal – if any – space to attend to one’s most basic…

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How am I Really Feeling? My Daily Weather Report

tracking your moods using the weather

Walking along the icy trail among towering, snow-covered cedars, I notice the drifting flakes and wonder at the stillness. I breath in the beauty of the weather and am reminded of the rhythmic nature of the seasons, with it’s variation in temperature, precipitation, stillness, and storms. I am struck by how this rings true for both…

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Moon & Mood Tracking for Optimal Health

Moon Mood Tracking for Optimal Health

Tucked away in a tiny cabin in Prescott, AZ, I unfurled a three-foot-long 12-month moon calendar and carefully pinned the corners to the side of my closet door. The year was 1995, and I was overcome with feelings of fascination, curiosity, and shyness. Only 20 years old at the time, I had never formally tracked…

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Making peace with “good enough” parenting

good enough parenting

Driving shotgun on the highway with my 15 year old at the wheel is one of my least favorite parenting jobs. In fact, hands down, if we were going to pick out my three least favorite parenting jobs, they would have to be: Parenting related to Drivers Ed Managing sleepovers after 8:30 pm for any…

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What DO I have control over?

Motherhood Control

As the days cool off and the sun sets earlier, we adjust bedtimes and re-imagine morning routines. This season of transition is complex enough as we adapt our rhythms to incorporate the new schedules of childcare, school, and work. Adjusting to the new routines may feel chaotic and in these times we wonder, “What do…

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