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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.

Young Children's Books with a Great Message

Posted Mar 2, 2010 4:46 PM

We have so many wonderful children’s books in our house, but these books stand out because they are picked so frequently and because of their deep and touching message. These books encourage meaningful discussion in our family and they teach lessons that go beyond childhood.
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Can't sleep? Just breathe

Posted Feb 25, 2010 10:57 AM

I woke up at 2:30 last night. Most of the time I fall back asleep pretty quickly – exhaustion can do that to you. But last night my brain decided it was a good time to worry. My thoughts were all over the place. From the little things (is the front door locked?) to the big things (is our country really safe?).
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Yoga for Kids

Posted Feb 22, 2010 2:33 PM

There is so much good that yoga can teach children. Physically they can benefit from stretching, strength, flexibility and balance. Emotionally they learn calm, focus and courage. Mentally they can achieve balance and self-esteem.
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Sweet Silence

Posted Feb 18, 2010 2:20 PM

As adults we’ve been taught that silence in conversation means the conversation is not going well, that we have nothing to say, that we aren’t getting along. But what does it mean for children? Do we put the weight of the awkward silence on their conversations with their friends as well?
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Posted Feb 16, 2010 12:11 PM

There are so many emotional experiences in the course of a day. Sometimes we work through them and sometimes we just swallow them. Sometimes we need to release them, and in Camryn’s case the ripped sticker was an opportunity to let it all go.
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Valentine's Day

Posted Feb 12, 2010 1:55 PM

Use this occasion to give rather than get and make it about feelings rather than stuff. We blame Hallmark and the media for making this holiday “too overwhelming”, but we have to take responsibility for our role, too. Why do we buy into it? Why do we lose the meaning?
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Gain space, power and peace

Posted Feb 9, 2010 12:16 PM

Elisabeth Shake, professional organizer and owner of Yourganized, is an expert in de-cluttering homes and opening up space for new possibilities. She knows that disorganization can cause us to feel out of balance, but our emotional attachment to “stuff” keeps us from letting go of what we don’t need. Elisabeth was kind enough to answer some of my burning questions…..
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The Coins

Posted Feb 4, 2010 4:21 PM

Several times we explained that the coins were a gift from Grampa Rich and were very special, but at some point they became toys and ended up in a backpack. With a calm but obviously annoyed voice I say, Don't you understand how special these are? Don’t you understand that these are not toys?
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Why I Love LOST

Posted Feb 1, 2010 2:41 PM

It all started with that plane crash – that ridiculously realistic plane crash. Characters were introduced as they aimlessly walked the beach wondering where they were and why they were alive. This has been the enduring question for the last 5 seasons. And really, isn’t this the question of all people? Who am I? Why am I here? What is the purpose? That is the theme of Lost and that’s what keeps me coming back.
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Guiding Mistakes

Posted Jan 27, 2010 9:58 PM

When I ask my daughter about her day she shares a few details and always ends with “I didn’t have to move my clip!” At the beginning of the year I found myself saying things like, great job! Good for you! Supportive things that any mother would say. But now it is the middle of the year and I am detecting something different her voice. It sounds a little strained, a little flat, possibly with a tinge of worry when she says, “I didn’t have to move my clip today…”
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