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.
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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.
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 ...
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. Read more ...
My daughter walks in and says, “I know what the F word is”. OK, so here we are. She is going into 2nd grade, I knew this was inevitable, but it still feels soon. I ask her what it is and she is correct; she knows the F word. I ask her where she heard it and she says that it’s written on the slide at the park. I guess this is the only downside to being able to read. Read more ...
TiVo has made it possible for me to watch what I want, when I have the time. No more channel flipping or tuning into bad television just because it’s the “only thing on”. I am a little boring, not very adventurous with television, but there are a few shows (and characters) that I have fallen in love with. Sometimes it’s drama and sometimes it’s humor (or a mixture of both), but either way, this busy mom enjoys and appreciates the stolen moments of escapism.
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I literally can’t handle seeing the birds, the marine life, and the fisherman that are devastated by this man-made disaster. Last Monday I actually tore the cover off my Newsweek magazine so I didn’t have to look at the devastation. It literally gives me pain in my heart and a pit in my stomach. Read more ...
My husband has made “date night” a priority with each of our girls, and they anticipate their time together with great excitement. I attempt to make individual time with the girls a priority, too, but my husband was the first to put this into practice and I am simply following his lead….. Read more ...