Tag Archives: Parenting

  The other day I accidentally left home without my phone. Luckily it wasn’t a work day, so I spent the day without it. At first it felt odd - just knowing no one could reach me by phone, text or email. But soon, I forgot.
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Today's Friday Photo comes from Aberdare National Park in Kenya. Like these magnificent lions, I wanted to take a nap the other day but my mother's voice rang in my ears "Don't be lazy." It's easy to be judgmental of others but we are the harshest of critics of ourselves. Judgment doesn't mean not questioning motives or preferences or weighing options - why I want to do this or that, for example. It refers to being critical or berating aspects of the self without thoroughly thinking through the context of a thought or action that is being judged. Be kinder to others, and to yourself.
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The latest issue parents and teachers are asking for help with is getting teens to unplug from their mobile devices. My answer is a question - What are you currently doing to model something else?
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Every client that we see learns a special breathing technique. You’ve probably heard about the importance of the breath and there’s a myriad of ideas out there on how to do it. The idea is to stimulate the vagus nerve where it sits under the diaphragm. The stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system to release calming chemicals, helping you feel relaxed and clear. 
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Today's Friday Photo comes from a garden in Chanhassen, MN. It's the perfect quote to follow Monday's blog about the stories we tell. Take some time this weekend to explore what ingredients you have put in your favorite dish (aka you!). Is it time to liven up that recipe?
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I want to continue with a consequence of blaming and not taking responsibility. Whatever you’ve chosen to blame becomes a story you continue to tell in many forms.
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  Some times you may find yourself in a situation that makes you uncomfortable. Perhaps friends want to go bike riding, but you blame your ‘bad knees’ as an excuse because you really think you can’t keep up. 
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Today's Friday Photo comes from Monterey, California. This foggy coastal view foreshadows the feeling that forms inside of us when we don't take responsibility for our thoughts and behaviors, and instead, put the blame on others. Check out Monday's blog for more on blame, responsibility and our health.
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Today's Friday Photo comes from Bridal Veil Falls, California. I know this is a theme, but as the old song goes, "What the world needs now is love, sweet love...." As I enjoyed the beautiful rainbow over the waterfall, I thought about all of the diversity in the world - people, cultures, interests, jobs, beliefs, humor, likes and dislikes - and I was grateful for how deliciously rich and beautiful these things make our world.
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Today's Friday Photo comes from Tuolumne Meadows Lake on Tioga Pass, California. Every now and then, ok, pretty much every day as of late, it's a good idea to examine what we are thinking, challenge outdated beliefs, and focus on what we can do to create a better environment around us. What is in the mirror of your reflection?
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