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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.

The F Word


Posted Jun 17, 2010 2:27 PM

My daughter walks in and says, “I know what the F word is”. OK, so here we are. She is going into 2nd grade, I knew this was inevitable, but it still feels soon. I ask her what it is and she is correct; she knows the F word. I ask her where she heard it and she says that it’s written on the slide at the park. I guess this is the only downside to being able to read.
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TiVo Favorites


Posted Jun 14, 2010 2:31 PM

TiVo has made it possible for me to watch what I want, when I have the time. No more channel flipping or tuning into bad television just because it’s the “only thing on”. I am a little boring, not very adventurous with television, but there are a few shows (and characters) that I have fallen in love with. Sometimes it’s drama and sometimes it’s humor (or a mixture of both), but either way, this busy mom enjoys and appreciates the stolen moments of escapism.
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Holistically Healing the Oil Spill


Posted Jun 7, 2010 9:33 PM

I literally can’t handle seeing the birds, the marine life, and the fisherman that are devastated by this man-made disaster. Last Monday I actually tore the cover off my Newsweek magazine so I didn’t have to look at the devastation. It literally gives me pain in my heart and a pit in my stomach.
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Self-Aware Parent Action Item #1


Posted Jun 1, 2010 4:20 PM

My husband has made “date night” a priority with each of our girls, and they anticipate their time together with great excitement. I attempt to make individual time with the girls a priority, too, but my husband was the first to put this into practice and I am simply following his lead…..
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How about a date night this weekend?


Posted May 27, 2010 10:45 PM

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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Nourishment Beyond Food


Posted May 25, 2010 5:57 PM

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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Sending good thoughts


Posted May 18, 2010 2:12 PM

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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Practicing Mudita


Posted May 11, 2010 5:32 PM

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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Feeding ourselves, feeding our children


Posted May 5, 2010 10:47 AM

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.
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One day offer for a special Mother's Day gift!


Posted Apr 29, 2010 8:58 PM

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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