We’ve all had that kind of day. We forgot to be mindful. We forgot to be compassionate, and maybe we forgot to be kind, especially to ourselves. Stacey, a mom I work with, told me about having a day of mindfulness lost not long ago. She went to the grocery store at the end of her day. As she pushed the cart down the dairy aisle, her 3 year old daughter started to call out the names of every item she saw. At first Stacey proudly smiled at her daughter’s growing vocabulary. Within a minute or two, though, the little girl’s happy naming of items became insistent screaming for everything she saw. […]
Soul Food! We spend so much time thinking about what kind of food we want to feed to ourselves and our children. Organic, local, vegan, paleo….What if we spent that much time thinking about feeding our soul? Would we really want to choose an i thing? Or would we choose nature, […]
Do you focus most of your attention on your baby? Do you notice when her diaper is wet without criticizing her for peeing? I think the answer is a resounding “YES”. We do this naturally so our babies will develop trust that the world as a safe, loving, and caring place.
However, at the same time […]
Julia Ward Howe wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation” in 1870. She asked for women to come together in counsel in “the great and general interest of Peace.”
This great and general interest of Peace includes feeling at peace with ourselves, and many of us are still working on that.
We may struggle with a deep sense of longing for the childhood we never had or we may feel that we aren’t the mother we want to be. We find ourselves exhausted and drained at the end of the day, not only because we are taking care of a 2 year old having a meltdown at the grocery store, or multiple nighttime feedings, but because we are also fighting an internal battle between the mother we are and mother we imagine we should be.
On this Mother’s Day, may we all find a little more peace within. […]