Sarah was exhausted. No matter how many activities she scheduled for her son, he always wanted more. She worried about overbooking him (and herself) but every time they had a day at home, he ended up climbing the walls and driving her crazy. Julie was frustrated. At home, her daughter was exuberant and talkative, but out in public, she shut down. She scowled and clung when people tried to talk to her and refused to participate in activities. Julie couldn’t understand how her daughter could act so rude to people who are just being nice. When parents feel calm and
I love the fresh start of the new year. My kids and I are pulling out our vision boards and magazines and dreaming and about an even more ideal life. Right now, my list of resolutions is so long it’s likely none of them will come true. So while I choose which ones to focus on, I thought I’d share with you my 7 steps to creating successful change. Teaching kids how to make dreams come true and accomplish goals is one of the greatest things we can teach.
News of the shooting in Newtown, CT. is vibrating through my body. I can feel the weight of it: the suffering, fear, shock, desperation, anger, and grief. It shows up in me as real, physical pain: stomach ache, headache, tension in my neck, jaw, abdomen, crushing chest, and a feeling like boiling blood I know well as anxiety. I live on the opposite side of the country and yet I am connected to those parents, teachers and kids at Sandy Hook Elementary in a very real way. When I was a kid, and heard tragic news like this, I didn’t
“I need some money and I need it now. I don’t care what I have to do, just please hire me. I’ll do anything.” Does that make you want to hire me? If so, help-a-holics anonymous might be your next stop. Most people are turned off by desperation. Just like that kid sophmore year that wouldn’t stop calling & following you around, desperate energy repels people. Whether you are looking for a job, a partner, a babysitter, or a contractor, never do it from desperation, hate, or fear. “I can’t stand my job and I just need to work
When you were little, you knew EXACTLY who you were and what was right for you. You were on a mission: you were alert, focused, intent, but your body was relaxed. If someone tried to keep you from accomplishing your goal, you screamed. In fact you didn’t let anything or anyone stand in your way. You worked hard all day, but it felt like play. This is exactly what my clients are yearning for: connection, passion, love, play, belief in their abilities, joy and meaning. This is what it
For generations parents have been telling their kids “Don’t be a quitter”. Quitting gets a bad rap but for today’s busy families, it’s one of the best things you can do. Gabrielle Douglas, Olympic Gold Medal Champion and all-around awesome cutie pie, had to quit lots of things in order to be successful at gymnastics. Her decision to quit her school, her hometown, even living with her family, led her to victory. She was smart enough to notice that trying to make other girls
I am in a funk. I just returned from Family Camp in Lake Tahoe (my happy place) and it was fabulous. No cooking, dishes, driving, whining, or TV. Just happy kids and happy parents and lots of time in nature. What’s hardest for me when I return home, is the isolation: The kids and I, at home, all day, with no one else. No one else to dine with, play with, talk with, reflect with. I miss it. Humans are social creatures. We