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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



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.

Give up the chaos and live in the moment


Posted Dec 9, 2011 3:39 PM

Chaos was not given to me, chaos did not happen - I had created it. I was choosing to be in chaos. I was choosing to do all these things simultaneously; I was choosing to feel this way.
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Bringing kids to movies


Posted Dec 2, 2011 5:54 PM

Listening to a little baby cry in a movie like this gave me a headache. It hurt even more because the parent was telling the baby to calm down instead of leaving the theater...how could this sensitive little being ever feel relaxed or content in such a situation?
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Carrying negative emotion?


Posted Nov 21, 2011 10:59 AM

The truck to the left of me believed it was his turn and he almost hit the side of my car. And so the stories in my head began to swirl…It was my turn! I have 3 little girls in this car! What if he hit me! How dare he yell at me! It's his fault not mine!
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What am I thankful for this year?


Posted Nov 20, 2011 8:22 PM

Cathy Cassani Adams is grateful for...being grateful.
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Reflections on Penn State: Opening up communication in the home so kids feel safe


Posted Nov 12, 2011 11:22 AM

The Penn State story of abuse, secrets and lies is unfathomable, and naturally, this makes parents concerned about their own children and their ability to keep them safe. It isn’t helpful to live in fear or become untrusting, but we can take this opportunity to become more conscious of our parenting.
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Vanity, Self Love, and Cassiopeia


Posted Nov 4, 2011 3:07 PM

I had a moment of concern that my daughter would mistake vanity for self love. That she would believe it was somehow a bad thing to fully love yourself.
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What you feel really is in your heart


Posted Oct 31, 2011 3:21 PM

You can experience pain in life, but life is not pain. You can feel sadness or anger in life, but life is not sad or angry.
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The Forced Apology - a path to peace?


Posted Oct 20, 2011 2:47 PM

It's common to see parents forcing their children to apologize. But without real understanding that apology means nothing, they are just words to pacify, words that create social comfort.
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Sweetness in Life: Lessons from Walter Payton


Posted Oct 9, 2011 10:46 PM

Now we know that Walter Payton had a difficult road. The details in the tell-all book may or may not all be true, but even if a few of the stories are true, it is clear he had some struggles. But isn’t that OK? Don’t we all have struggles? Don’t we all have times of desperation?
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Teaching communication


Posted Oct 7, 2011 2:34 PM

I didn’t want to pretend that this morning didn’t happen. I didn’t want to sweep this issue under the rug. I am the parent and I am the adult, which means I need to take the lead when it comes to communication.
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