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.
Like so many times before (this is a familiar pattern in my life), I was on the verge of putting everyone else's needs before my own.
And then here comes Gabriella, singing about how sometimes you need to walk away. Read more ...
Being present means that instead of being focused on what happened yesterday or what could happen tomorrow, you are simply here, now. It’s about getting off autopilot and becoming aware of the automatic actions and reactions you are used to, and finding a place of clarity and calm. The present moment offers peace. Read more ...
My husband and I continue or Zen Parenting series this Sunday (7/25) at Elmhurst Yoga Shala from 6-8 p.m. and we are focusing on new parents (with children ages 0-5…expectant parents, too!). Read more ...
My girls love playing with the boys on the block. They love their girlfriends, too, but this summer they are developing relationships with the boys. I appreciate what I am seeing because I grew up with some great guys, too; guys that I met very early in my life, guys that remained friends through high school and beyond.
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The following article was written by my friend Amy Hearst, a very green mama and one of my favorite people. She recently told me that when she eats at restaurants she asks for the manager to make sure they are recycling; if they aren’t, she takes the opportunity to tell them why they should. Read more ...
I take a deep breath and slow down even more. Slowly and softly I explain that tonight we are staying inside. I allow them to share their frustration; I don’t talk, I just listen intently and nod. I slow down even more, keep breathing, keep it together….. Read more ...
Children know how to cry, but we often stifle their emotion by telling them they are “fine”, “overreacting”, or “dramatic”. This can be a disservice because crying is a natural cleanser. It’s the way the body releases what feels uncomfortable and the way it heals what is painful.
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My husband and I continue our Zen Parenting series at Elmhurst Yoga Shala this Sunday, June 27 from 6-8 p.m. We will discuss differing parenting styles, parenting as a team, and how to communicate effectively (with your significant other and children). Read more ...