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Anxiety in Children

There’s nothing worse than when our children are hurt or suffering. It’s inevitable they will experience pain, grief and disappointment. It goes to a whole new level of “hard” when our kids suffer from heightened anxiety.  It’s distressing and, at times, heartbreaking for both parents and children. It is essential that our parenting tool box so to speak is well …

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Managing big emotions (yours and your child’s)

One morning a few weeks ago, my two daughters were happily playing together in the backyard. Few things bring me more joy than watching their growing friendship develop. But at ages 4 and 2, the number of minutes that they can play well together without needing the services of a referee still tends to number in the single digits. On …

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Control, Let It Go

Control. Deny it all I like,  there’s a significant part of me that likes to have control. Eek, that’s not so easy to admit. Control, at least it’s negative aspects, is a pretty ugly word. I remember days gone by when I was all carefree, super chilled and pretty relaxed about practically everything. I thought that’s how I was anyway. …

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Give Yourself a Break

As I walk down the street without a backwards glance, I can hear the continued screams from my one year old, in my husband’s arms, wanting to come with me. I push myself onward, fighting the burning in my eyes. The burn of sadness, guilt, and exhaustion. Sadness so strong that my every fiber wants to turn back and run …

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Connecting in a Distracted World

Sometimes life gets a little hectic. A little busy. Sometimes it is complete chaos. Sometimes our priorities fall out of balance for various reasons. A work deadline, a new baby, illness, conflict, or even just feeling the, sometimes dull, repetition of everyday life. When imbalance occurs, we can become disconnected from those that we love deepest: our children.

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Finding Joy Amidst The Daily Grind

Some days my heart feels heavy. I feel the weight of daily tasks. I’m not talking about when I have lots of chores, errands or appointments. Some days it’s just the simple, repetitive things that weigh me down. A part of me feels like this is absurd because deep down I’m always incredibly thankful for my life, my health and …

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Mama Guilt

Mama guilt. It’s the worst. I’m learning that it takes a significant amount of intentional thinking and some very deliberate actions to reject it. There are days when I feel this ridiculous guilt – completely misplaced, unconstructive guilt – for things like not going to parks every day or sewing with my five year old or for not doing more …

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Cath’s Story

I share our lovely little home with my beautiful husband Tim and two sweet girls aged 5 years and 2.5 years.  We are also looking forward to the arrival of another baby next March. When I was younger I wanted to be a teacher,  photographer,  journalist,  mama,  police woman,  fashion designer, singer (not that I can hold a tune in …