Do you suffer from "Mommy or Daddy Brain?" Dr. Smith's knows that parents have a lot to balance - but dealing with diaper rash should be one less stress. Read more from Chicago moms and dads about how they handle mommy/daddy brain.
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Seeking peace and serenity in the chaotic world of parenting.
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Meet Cathy Cassani Adams
About this blog
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.
On Sunday, May 30th from 6-8 p.m. my husband and I are continuing our series of Zen Parenting classes focusing on effective communication. Communication can be tough if you have toddlers, teens or somewhere in between, and we have thoughts and ideas to make the process easier. One of the keys to sane parenting is discovering how to speak to your kids in a way that they will hear, respect and understand (we will discuss effective listening, too!).
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Love and relationships are part of what we call primary food, or the parts of life that feed the hunger in the human soul. We all have a need to give and receive love because love is a basic primary food that nourishes, energizes and heals us.
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A friend stopped me yesterday and told me her husband had recently lost his job. When I asked what I could do to help, her only request was “pray for me”. There was a time that this would have left me feeling unsatisfied because it wouldn’t seem like enough, but over time I have come to understand the importance of these words, the importance of asking others to think about you and send thoughts of love, strength and healing.
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Last night I ran across an article in Yoga Journal about the practice of mudita. It’s a Sanskrit word that means “to take active delight in other’s good fortune or deeds”. Oh, how I needed this article….we have been trying to sell our house for, well, let’s just say a long time now, and I continue to hear stories about the “friend” that sold his house in 48 hours or the “relative” that sold her house quickly and for above market value. My response to these stories is usually grrrrrr…..
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Honestly, the food topic is so vast; I don’t even know where to begin. There are so many issues when it comes to what we eat, from government subsidies to family traditions; it’s a tough subject to wrap up in one blog post. And I am struggling while writing this because I know there is a lot of guilt around food, a lot of blame and a lot baggage that we carry. Read more ...
Mother's Day is a week from Sunday… do you still need a gift for your mom, friend, aunt, sister, or spouse? Purchase The Self-Aware Parent TODAY (Friday, April 29th) and the book will be personalized, gift wrapped and shipped out immediately!
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We connect with the rest of the group, relax with a glass of wine and appreciatively acknowledge the lack of connection to time. A conversation that started at 7 p.m. can last until 2 in the morning, and our days are not “scheduled”. If we feel like doing something we do it, but we don’t burden our time with expectation. The only burden in the weekend is getting to a spa appointment on time or making sure we make a dinner reservation. Read more ...
These tools have been especially helpful to me as a parent. I am constantly challenged by the everyday demands of parenting, and I use yoga to help me calm down, find clarity and embrace my present reality. This is not always easy, and this is why yoga is a “practice” - there is no perfection or ultimate enlightenment. Yoga just helps me move through life with a little more grace and a little less fear. Read more ...
If you live in Chicago you probably already know about 1154 LILL (because you see their bags everywhere and because of their presence on Armitage). To celebrate Mother’s Day they are offering a unique opportunity to celebrate YOU while spending much needed time with your mom. They are also offering a special discount to Chicago Parent readers…..enjoy! Read more ...
Sounds like a paradox, but to be a good listener you need to take care of yourself. If you are running on empty and constantly overwhelmed with your own concerns (worries, commitments, stress) it’s hard to be an effective listener. Taking care of YOU is the first step toward healthy communication with your kids. Read more ...