Cathy Cassani Adams
Contributor and Blogger
Cathy Cassani Adams is searching for greater meaning and higher purpose. To find answers she has taken many different paths, from the aisles of the self help section to the workshops of educators and gurus, to her past experience as a clinical educator and child and family therapist at Children's Memorial Hospital, to her current work as a PCI Certified Parent Coach and yoga instructor. But her greatest lessons come from her three beautiful daughters, ages 6, 5, and 2. They demonstrate what it means to be present, enjoy the moments, and live a truly authentic life. Her parenting experiences led to her first book, "The Self-Aware Parent: 19 Lessons for Growing with Your Children." Cathy lives with her family in Elmhurst and she can be found at www.cathycassaniadams.com.
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Reflections on Penn State: Opening up communication in the home so kids feel safe
November 12, 2011
The Penn State story of abuse, secrets and lies is unfathomable, and naturally, this makes parents concerned about their own children and their ability to keep them safe. It isn’t helpful to live in fear or become untrusting, but we can take this opportunity to become more conscious of our parenting.
Vanity, Self Love, and Cassiopeia
November 4, 2011
I had a moment of concern that my daughter would mistake vanity for self love. That she would believe it was somehow a bad thing to fully love yourself.
What you feel really is in your heart
October 31, 2011
You can experience pain in life, but life is not pain. You can feel sadness or anger in life, but life is not sad or angry.
The Forced Apology - a path to peace?
October 20, 2011
It's common to see parents forcing their children to apologize. But without real understanding that apology means nothing, they are just words to pacify, words that create social comfort.
Sweetness in Life: Lessons from Walter Payton
October 9, 2011
Now we know that Walter Payton had a difficult road. The details in the tell-all book may or may not all be true, but even if a few of the stories are true, it is clear he had some struggles. But isn’t that OK? Don’t we all have struggles? Don’t we all have times of desperation?
October 7, 2011
I didn’t want to pretend that this morning didn’t happen. I didn’t want to sweep this issue under the rug. I am the parent and I am the adult, which means I need to take the lead when it comes to communication.
Talking to Kids: Providing a safe space to unravel untruths
September 29, 2011
My children will hear many untruths in their lifetime and I can't keep it from happening. From the simple to the grand they will hear and experience things that scare them, and I know I can’t be there to unravel all of it.
How to enjoy all the little moments
September 27, 2011
We may think we are present for our children, but are we really? Parent Coach Cathy Cassani Adams has three easy tips to get you in the right here, right now
How do you know? And other great parenting questions
September 22, 2011
How are your children feeling? Cathy Adams says they'll tell you - if you listen.
Please don't look at me, please don't talk to me
September 13, 2011
I just finished having lunch with my almost 4-year-old daughter. We sat down to eat and the first thing she said was, “Please don’t look at me, and please don’t talk to me.”