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A Rising Tide

Reading Time: 1 minute Waves As waves crash over her tiny body, she embraces them. Flows with them. Becomes them. Her emotions ebb and flow. Lie smooth as glass. Rise up in massive swells, crashing down on everything within reach. Her tears just as salty. Her power just as mighty as the dark fluid mass rolling through the ocean. Constantly changing. Always beautiful. Raw. …

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Surrender

Reading Time: 3 minutes Worrying about our children. About the future. About their overall well being. About how to be what they need. The list goes on. I’ve noticed I lose the ability to focus on the present moment and maintain my sense of calm when I’m plagued with fears and worries. Future worries for your child, especially if they are highly sensitive and …

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Our Needy Kids

Reading Time: 3 minutes My four year old still needs me. She still really needs me. Or my husband. To help her feel safe and comfortable. To be by her side while she experiences life and all it has to offer. So much is so new for her still, and so much is daunting and exciting and scary and amazing all at the same …

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Choose Your Battles

Reading Time: 3 minutes Although I don’t like the word “battles”,  this has been somewhat of mantra of mine for a while now. Way before I had kids, when I was teaching kids with special needs, I would hear this phrase ringing in my mind.  Many of my students had significant physical, sensory, emotional, psychological and health related needs. It was pretty vital to …

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How Santa Fits In With Authentic Parenting

Reading Time: 4 minutes My views regarding Santa have mellowed. I used to be pretty fixed in my anti-santa stance. These days I think I’m a little more balanced. I once viewed the whole Santa thing as nothing short of deception and manipulation. A time where it’s suddenly ok to send weird and contradictory messages to children… “Yes, go sit on that unfamiliar, strange …

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Leave the Small Talk at the Playroom Door

Reading Time: 3 minutes I have a confession. I hate small talk. I am seriously inept at it and I just do not enjoy it. Does anybody enjoy it? How’s the weather? What’s going on with you this week? Give me a passionate, authentic conversation any day but small talk makes me cringe. If I feel the way I do about small talk, I …

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You Are Enough

Reading Time: 3 minutes When you haven’t been able to get groceries, and settled for cereal for dinner. Remember, you are enough. When laundry is piled high, you haven’t showered in days, and you feel like you are drowning in a to do list. Remember, you are enough. When your child is struggling and yells at you to “go away.” Remember, you are enough. …

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Why My Kids Don’t Have To Hug Grandpa

Reading Time: 4 minutes Holidays, Christmas, family catch ups, a myriad of functions and festivities.  A gazillion opportunities for your child to find themselves in the uncomfortable situation of some great old aunt demanding a hug or a kiss. Adults have mastered the not so ideal art of behaving falsely…Of presenting a bit of a facade… Of at times going through social motions they …

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Anxiety in Children

Reading Time: 7 minutes There’s nothing worse than when our children are hurt or suffering. It’s inevitable they will experience pain, grief and disappointment. It goes to a whole new level of “hard” when our kids suffer from heightened anxiety.  It’s distressing and, at times, heartbreaking for both parents and children. It is essential that our parenting tool box so to speak is well …

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The Not So Zen Bedtime

Reading Time: 5 minutes My daughter still needs me to fall asleep. I’m ok with that. I really am. I try and cherish the moments lying next to her tiny-huge body while she shifts and scratches and her breathing changes as she drifts off to sleep. Some nights I am successful, and others, well…I’m still working on it. My stress is usually due to …