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Conscious Parenting

Our Shocking Lack of Presence

December 18, 2014

When Danish dialogue facilitator and specialist in conflict mediation and reconciliation, Carl Plesner, was talking to a group of fifth graders about wellbeing and conflict mediation in school, he asked one of his routine question a bit differently than usual. The children’s responses shocked him. The session with the kids was based around a dialogue with a set of “need cards” as the basis for their talk. The cards depicted 60 “universal needs” that all humans regardless of culture, religion, gender,…

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You Are Already Perfect Mom…

November 19, 2014

We, moms today, seem to be in a constant state of polishing this thing called motherhood until it gleams. We are so busy and concerned about everything related to motherhood, our houses, ourselves, our partners, our activities and our children and their activities to LOOK a certain way in order to fulfill a certain need, desire, feeling in us. But wait…that sounds a bit selfish. I mean, none of us start out as a mom, looking to fulfill our own…

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“All I Want is My Children To Be Happy”

October 13, 2014

I implore you not to give up on your children's happiness just because it is hard, just because you don't know how to do this exactly! Giving up on actively influencing your children's happiness is, for all intensive purposes, giving up on doing the same for yourself. Happiness is a habit that can be learned!…

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My Top 5 Tips For a Joyful Family Dinner!

September 17, 2014

I came across an article today called “Study finds that home-cooking disproportionately burdens mothers“. I think this is for sure the case for most of us, would you not agree? But does it have to be? Analysis by the Institute for Public Policy Research think-tank (UK) shows that eight out of 10 married women do more household chores, while just one in 10 married men does an equal amount of cleaning and washing as his wife. So, not only do…

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5 Ways To Teach Emotional Autonomy To Your Kids

March 19, 2014

We all want to raise children that can navigate their emotions successfully in life right? I call this emotional autonomy. The feeling or sense of being in charge of our thoughts and emotions instead of our thoughts and emotions being in charge of us. For me, I feel that if my children are equipped with the basis of understanding their own emotions and the emotions of others from a place of depth and insight, this will drastically improve the chances…

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The Family Soup

February 22, 2014

How do we deal with our kid’s changing moods, states of mind and negative behavior? That is the million dollar question for most parents! One of the things I used to struggle a lot with was not getting pulled into a bad mood from the behavior of my children, or even my husband for that matter. It’s hard…I am truckin’ along, having a fab day, feeling good and BAM! In walks someone ready to vent! It hits me like a…

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5 Tips To Support Your Kids Emotionally

December 26, 2013

My children’s BIG emotional reactions used to freak me out. Unconsciously of course. If they would lose their emotional footing, I would crumble along with them and when I did, I would lose touch with my ability to actually help them!! Sometimes I would have almost an out of body experience. I would see myself over-reacting to my daughters meltdown and KNOW that what I was doing was not only NOT serving her, but was not serving me either. Most…

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6 Principles of Parenting from LOVE…

December 5, 2013

So, my work here at The Joyful Mother is about LOVE. It is about teaching parents that there is so much more power, strength and wisdom available to them when they parent from this place of connectedness with their children. Parenting goes from being a struggle to being a JOY! Yup, parenting becomes something you actually get up in the morning looking forward to doing. Although there isn’t many parents out there that would disagree with the power of love,…

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Does Fear, Anxiety or Worry Impact Your Day?

September 17, 2013

How much of a factor is fear in your life? I simply love this quote by Elisabeth Kubler Ros: “There are only two emotions: love and fear. All positive emotions come from love, all negative emotions from fear. From love flows happiness, contentment, peace, and joy. From fear comes anger, hate, anxiety and guilt. It’s true that there are only two primary emotions, love and fear. But it’s more accurate to say that there is only love or fear, for…

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The Nag Monster ~ Love Logs

June 13, 2013

I thought I would write about a couple of incidents that happened this week and how love seeped into both of them. Let me paint the picture for you….It is 104F outside, middle of a three day weekend, daddy is traveling, end of a BORING day watching TV for most of it. It is 5pm (cocktail hour is imminent)  and Christopher is harassing me for the umpteenth time about going into Dubai to buy a Monster High doll. Ok, so I promised them that we…

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