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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 Girlfriend Trip

Posted Apr 27, 2010 5:54 PM

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.
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Yoga for Parents

Posted Apr 21, 2010 5:21 PM

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.
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Celebrate Mother's Day with 1154 LILL

Posted Apr 15, 2010 9:43 AM

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!
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Tips for Effective Communication with Your Children

Posted Apr 12, 2010 4:28 PM

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.
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The Continuous Climb

Posted Apr 6, 2010 1:53 PM

I quickly climb to the backseat so I can sit by her and nod to my husband to keep driving. I hug her as we begin to ascend the hill. Right before we hit the top she lets out a scream, but it quickly turns to silence as she catches a view of the other side. In front of her are trees, houses, flowers and a park. Her only word is, “oh”.
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The Process of Pain

Posted Mar 29, 2010 10:38 PM

Right now I have a cracked lens and I am in the process of sitting in uncomfortable emotion. I have been here before – pain is the human experience and I have never been, nor do I ever expect to be, immune to it. Historically speaking I have learned a great deal from my pain. It has taught me a lot about who I am and what I really want. Pain can give you the guts to try new things – the “what do I have to lose” mentality. It can also take away your guts, leaving you to struggle with questions and a new reality.
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Parent Coaching: A new option for parents

Posted Mar 23, 2010 2:17 PM

Parenting is the most difficult job in the world, and parents often feel isolated, unsure of what to do next or who to talk to about their daily challenges. Parents who seek coaching services are looking for more competence and confidence in their role as parent.
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Words of Wisdom

Posted Mar 15, 2010 5:21 PM

I am a “word person” so quotes help me examine a new perspective and see the world a little differently. Below are some of my favorites. Some have become integrated into my belief system and some serve as reminders that I still have some work to do.
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The Choice to Shine

Posted Mar 9, 2010 1:24 PM

In a moment an actor goes from one of the many to an Academy Award Winner. I am in awe of these moments because more often than not, these actors have taken a risk to play the part that scored them their Oscar nod. They moved out of their comfort zone or took a role that nobody thought they could tackle. They listened to their gut or took a leap of faith. Year after year this has inspired me and served as a reminder.
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What does a doula do?

Posted Mar 4, 2010 3:29 PM

Most people have never heard of the term “doula”, or if they have, they don’t know that the presence of a doula at a woman’s birth can shorten the amount of time she is in labor, decrease her chances of having interventions like pain medications or a C-Section, and increase her overall satisfaction with her labor and baby’s birth. Having a doula is a choice that most pregnant women don’t even know exists.
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