Do you suffer from "Mommy or Daddy Brain?" Dr. Smith's knows that parents have a lot to balance - but dealing with diaper rash should be one less stress. Read more from Chicago moms and dads about how they handle mommy/daddy brain.
Santa Claus is coming to town! Families can have the chance to meet St. Nick, plus enjoy a breakfast buffet and have unlimited access to Odyssey Fun World's attractions, including the Roller Coaster, Ferris Wheel, Bumper Cars, Exploration Adventure, Laser Tag and the newly updated Gamer's Lounge. One Chicago Parent reader will win a family five-pack to the event, 8 a.m. Dec. 15 in Tinley Park.
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.
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. Read more ...
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.... Read more ...
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. Read more ...
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. Read more ...
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. Read more ...
We parents tend to feel guilty about what we are not doing or not giving our children. We expend energy feeling bad about things we can’t afford or the trips we can’t take or the class we couldn’t get them into. But I think children’s needs are simpler. Read more ...
My mission as a parent educator is to help parents see their children. To help parents validate and acknowledge who their children came here to be. To teach children that they belong and that they have a place in this world. But does it stop there? Read more ...
My 6-year-old daughter has a headache. I go through a list in my head….maybe she had too much sugar today, maybe she needs some Tylenol, maybe she’s getting sick. Being aware that my first response is usually worry, I decide to breath through my concerns and simply say, what can I do to help you?
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As the resident leprechaun in our group of friends, Cathy has asked me to contribute to her blog regarding St. Patrick’s Day events. Chicago comes alive to celebrate one of it’s favorite holidays, with a variety of events and entertainment all centered around the wearin’ o’ the green.... Read more ...