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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 Empty Cup

Posted Jul 5, 2011 4:56 PM

Sometimes when I answer a question, I notice that the asker has stopped listening. Midway through my response I feel a shift….I know I am about to hear some familiar words, words that we all tend to use from time to time… Yeah, but.
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Raising a reader, by a mom who loves to read

Posted Jun 22, 2011 12:22 PM

How does one raise a reader? For me, it was fairly simple. I continue to do what I love and then pass it on to them - lead by example. I’ll show you what I do and maybe you can incorporate some of these things into your daily lives with your children......
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Running for others, running for self

Posted Jun 20, 2011 5:53 PM

The nerves that woke me up at 3:30AM started to ease somewhat as I stood shoulder to shoulder with other runners on that beautiful Sunday morning in June.
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So, what's it about?

Posted Jun 14, 2011 3:36 PM

I share these stories to remind us of what we all already know; to help us separate, even if it’s just momentarily, from the hustle bustle of life so we can remember what is truly important, so we can realize joy and embrace what truly matters in this life.
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Pretending kind of sucks

Posted Jun 6, 2011 5:28 PM

And honestly, pretending is just tiring and it kind of sucks - pretending to care when I don’t or that I don’t when I do. Pretending to be someone I am not, pretending that everything is OK when it isn’t. Pretending takes a toll on energy, spirit, and overall wellness.
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Top Ten Things I Learned from Oprah

Posted May 26, 2011 3:04 PM

Oprah has taught me so many things over the years, but these are the standouts.
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Oprah, James Frey and Lessons Learned

Posted May 20, 2011 9:44 AM

I remember watching the original interview with James Frey in 2006; it made me so uncomfortable and so sad. I’m not a fan of seeing anyone publically disgraced and ridiculed, especially when the mistake is so human, so common. But I’m so glad I watched it, because it became one of my greatest teachings....
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Mindful Hugs

Posted May 12, 2011 3:32 PM

Children live in the present. They don’t linger in the past and incessantly ponder the future. They live right now, which makes it easy for them to realize when we are mentally somewhere else.
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What else?

Posted May 5, 2011 3:27 PM

Their choices thus far have been typical – school, job, kids….the questions were laid out and the decisions were clear. But now they are here and they feel unsettled, like something is missing.
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Let's be clear - what do we really want for our children?

Posted Apr 21, 2011 3:09 PM

I think we have confused happiness with overachieving, competition, and being the best. These concepts are no longer in balance in our culture; they have become the norm rather than the extreme. We are quickly losing sight of what kids really need to live full and meaningful lives.
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