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The Self-Aware Parent

Seeking peace and serenity in the chaotic world of parenting.

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Meet Cathy Cassani Adams

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Cathy Cassani Adams is searching for greater meaning and higher purpose. Her search has taken her down different paths, from the aisles of the self-help section, to the workshops of gurus, to her past experience as a child and family therapist at Children's Memorial Hospital, to her current work as a certified Parent Coach and yoga instructor.  But her greatest lessons come from her three beautiful daughters, ages 8, 6, and 3.  Cathy is the author of "The Self-Aware Parent: 19 Lessons for Growing with Your Children.", she's an instructor in the Sociology Department at Dominican University, and she and her husband Todd host Zen Parenting Radio on Pagatim.fm.  Cathy lives with her family in Elmhurst and she can be found at www.cathycassaniadams.com.

How to raise capable kids in Chicago

Posted Mar 26, 2014 5:42 PM

Sometimes we hold too tightly to an outdated way of helping our kids, says this author and mom. There is a better way.
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Parenting means rethinking relaxation

Posted Feb 24, 2014 5:28 PM

Gone are the lazy days when you could nap when you wanted or chill in front of the TV. Even though the little ones in your life need the majority of your time and attention, don't put relaxation on the back burner.
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The most important relationship tool for Chicago parents: Self love

Posted Feb 7, 2014 9:54 AM

Your choice to put yourself last only decreases what you have to give to your children, partner and friends so make this the month you really start loving yourself.
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How to have a relationship with your child as they grow

Posted Jan 7, 2014 1:53 PM

As much as we might wish our babies would stay babies, they do have to grow up. Making sure your relationship evolves and grows with them.
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Help your kids by talking less, accepting more

Posted Dec 5, 2013 4:01 PM

Kids want to know that you are present when they feel overwhelmed, but set aside your urge to teach.
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Why mean words are not just sticks and stones

Posted Jul 22, 2013 1:06 PM

As children grow up, they are told that words are just sticks and stones. Is it realistic to tell a child that words don't mean anything?
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What to do when your kids say they're bored

Posted Jul 8, 2013 11:34 AM

We're halfway through summer vacation, which means no parent is a stranger to the phrase "I'm bored". Here's how to respond.
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Why you should encourage your kids to express their emotions

Posted Jun 24, 2013 11:19 AM

We naturally have emotional experiences, so why numb them? Kids and parents should always have permission to feel.
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Practice makes perfect when dealing with kids' emotions

Posted May 6, 2013 1:08 PM

To better help your kids deal with anger, frustration and disappointment, take time to practice finding an inner peace.
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The best ways to praise your child for a job well done

Posted Apr 15, 2013 3:40 PM

Sometimes there are better ways to praise your child's accomplishments than "I'm proud of you."
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