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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 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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Be yourself with or without the kids around


Posted Feb 26, 2013 10:36 AM

Instead of your dividing your day into your different "roles", concentrate on just being yourself.
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Why you should hug your child today


Posted Feb 18, 2013 11:35 AM

They might squirm and resist at first, but a hug means more than just an embrace for you and your child.
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When it's time to change


Posted Mar 11, 2012 4:39 PM

Change is rarely easy – it often means venturing into the unknown, and this can be unsettling and scary. But change is really the only thing we can count on.
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A Very Brady Blog


Posted Feb 23, 2012 1:59 PM

It is just a television show, and the reality of our day to day experiences may not allow us to look or act as put together as the Brady family, but I still believe we can pull from their heart-centered teachings.
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Stop giving. Start sharing.


Posted Feb 16, 2012 12:42 PM

I am not suggesting we stop giving, but that we begin to use a different word to describe our desire to help – a word that has the potential to create a completely different kind of experience.
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Change the world, one decision at a time


Posted Feb 10, 2012 2:47 PM

Don’t give in to the belief that the world is falling apart and fall apart with it. Believe in something better, think out of the box and create something better in your day to day experiences.
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Teaching your children that they belong


Posted Feb 2, 2012 1:57 PM

Instead of “knowing” their place in the world your children will look to you for their place in the world. And then when you aren’t available, they will look to others for their place in the world. And when others are quiet or unkind, they will believe they don’t have a place in the world.
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Letting your child be unhappy


Posted Jan 8, 2012 1:27 PM

This is a key to emotional health. This is a key to your family’s emotional well being. This is a key to having your children accept all parts of themselves, even the parts that aren’t so pretty and we all try to pretend we don’t have.
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I guess I'll work it out


Posted Jan 2, 2012 1:50 PM

Life can only be dealt with one moment at a time. I cannot deal with the worries or scenarios in my head because they are not real. I can only be here making moment to moment choices.
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