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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.

Be Here Now - what does this really mean?


Posted Aug 3, 2010 3:22 PM

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.
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Self-Aware Action Item #2


Posted Jul 27, 2010 4:52 PM

This is a simple idea, something you can practice everyday. It’s simple, but it’s not always easy.
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Are you losing yourself?


Posted Jul 21, 2010 4:38 PM

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!).
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Boy Friends


Posted Jul 15, 2010 12:18 PM

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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Parenting Unplugged......radio for conscious parenting


Posted Jul 13, 2010 1:20 PM

Todd and Laura Mansfield host Parenting Unplugged, the flagship program of the Parenting Unplugged Network, but the Network also offers Dad's Unplugged and Single Parenting Unplugged.
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Snarling at the Sacker


Posted Jul 7, 2010 8:39 AM

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.
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Calm creates calm


Posted Jun 30, 2010 4:05 PM

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…..
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Songs that bring on the tears


Posted Jun 28, 2010 4:26 PM

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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Different parenting styles? Let's talk about it on Sunday!


Posted Jun 23, 2010 3:05 PM

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).
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Author Abby Seixas in Chicago this week


Posted Jun 21, 2010 6:38 PM

In her “Deep River” women's groups and in her book, Finding the Deep River Within, mental health counselor Abby Seixas offers six core practices for bringing more sanity and soul to women's lives. Practice number four, discussed below, is about working with the inner voice of perfectionism to tame our self-expectations.
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