Posts in Personal Development
What does it mean to be the best parent for your kids?

I have been talking about conscious parenting both publicly and within my family conversations for the past several years. I believe I have always practiced being a conscious parent, but I first understood the term itself and felt it aligned with the way I was parenting our five kids after reading The Conscious Parent by Dr. Shefali Tsabary in 2014. Inside are videos with my three adult sons about their experience of my parenting.

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How to rebuild a sense of community at The Turquoise Table.

As a kid, I remember how welcomed I felt in each of our new neighborhoods.  Those days seem to be long gone, but after recently reading The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell I decided to take it upon myself to become a conduit for community in my own neighborhood.  Who knew it would lead to meeting the author at my table?!

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The best way to deal with your adolescent...detach from the outcome.

Two decades ago I would have told you all I wanted for my kids was that they grow up to be "happy." The most important lesson I've learned along their raising is that the path I think they should be on may not be their destiny. And what a gift it is to witness their journey!

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Why YOU are the greatest asset to a brighter future mom!

As she looks across the table at me, it's easy to see the raw pain in her eyes.  The wonder in how she got here.  I'd seen it untold times before...hell, I'd witnessed it in myself on many an occasion.  Her tears flowed from a space deep within as she shared the story of feeling unworthy and undeserving of the beautiful [on the outside] life she lives.  Her fairy tale mask covers a self-loathing game she plays with herself every. single. day.  It's EXHAUSTING.

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How to stop performing as mom and deeply enjoy being happy...

What is it costing you to neglect yourself and continue to perform mom?  For me it meant a diagnosis of viral meningitis and a hospital stay.  Are you ready to shift from anxiety, frustration and (sometimes) overwhelm into BEING a mom who is patient, confident, and filled with joy?  Then I've got an event for you!

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Be grateful for the struggle with your teen

Dad gets a call from the police that his teen daughter has been caught drinking at the home of a friend.  Dad's biggest feeling is embarrassment.  Our children turn into adults with their own thoughts, feelings, experiences...it's how we handle it that helps us grow.

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With parenting there is no "Easy" button.

There is no easy button to parenting adolescents today.  If the relationship you have with your child is in a bad place it's going to take some time and effort to change things...and you can only work on your part in the relationship.  But, it's an awesome place to start! YOU are in the drivers seat to a happier, healthier relationship with your teen!

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