Posts Tagged "parenting"

Hiking With My Son ~ A Mindfulness Practice

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s one hundred degrees in town and the ninety-degree temperature at my house in the mountains feels almost cool in comparison. I decide it’s a perfect day to take my 2-year old son Xavier for a hike.   I know the spot well; a flat trail with spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains in the state park just a few miles away.  As soon as we hit the trail he starts running. Fast. I know what’s coming next and cringe. He falls. It seems to hurt me more than it does him. He jumps up and keeps running. He trips again, this time a full-face plant. I rush over to him, and then back off as he pops back up, mouth covered in dirt.  We continue this way, stopping...

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I Want My Tiger! ~ Using NVC with Toddlers

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

My 2 ½ year old wakes up grumpy. I have no idea where he gets that. This morning, he climbed in to bed with me, stepping on my head along the way, and started whining that I needed to go and get his tiger, blanket, armadillo, monkey, and water, which were all still in his bed. My first thought was, “If all of that is in your bed, and you want it, why not just stay in your bed?” Instead of saying that out loud, however, I got up, and went to get the gang for him. As I lay back down, he took the tiger and threw it, and then proceeded to cry, “I want my tiger!” “I WANT my tiger!”   To say I was irritated is an under-statement.   “I just gave you...

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How to Teach Children NVC

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

My son and I are on a walk with our dog when out of the blue he asks me, “What’s an army Momma?” Hmm. One of those trick 4 year-old questions. “An army is a group of people that defend a country,” I answer, happy with my PC reply. “Oh,” he says. Then he asks, “What would you do if an army was trying to hurt me?” I pause, realizing that this is not a hypothetical question for many parents, and feel the impact of that as well as not knowing how to answer. Dang it! I thought I was out of the woods. “What would you do?” He repeats. Whenever I am struggling with how to respond to someone, Non-Violent...

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Stress Free Parenting? No way

Posted by on Mar 30, 2012 in News | 0 comments

You’ll be glad (and not surprised) to know that there is no such thing as stress-free parenting. However, you can inhabit a peaceful space during your time as a parent by accepting the stress of parenting and letting it flow through you. Some suggestions: 1: Start each day positively with a cheerful greeting for your child. 2: Teach your children to do everyday tasks on their own. 3: Get the older ones to help the younger ones. 4: Read to them. 5: Take time for yourself. 6: Model the behavior you want to see in your child. There are others! Try some of these methods in your house and adopt the ones that work for you.   Read the entire article here: The Way of the...

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This Is An Elf Free Zone

Posted by on Dec 15, 2011 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Parenting.  It’s hard.  Every holiday season I’m struck by the whole “naughty or nice” syndrome that takes over our culture.  In this article I explore the idea of parenting without punishment or reward, and explain why I think the Elf on the Shelf phenomenon is harmful to the self esteem of children.  To read the whole article, click...

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