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Breakfast Nutrition: Simple Solutions for a Healthy Start to the Day

    We all know that the right foods make all of the difference when preparing students for a long day at school, or learning at home. But, many of us simply do not have the time to prepare wholesome morning meals. Here are three simple recipes that can be created the night before and served quickly during the rush of the morning routine.   Slow Cooker Oatmeal Place all of the ingredients in your slow cooker and, viola, you have a whole meal waiting for you when you wake up. Add raisins, milk, honey or fresh fruit to make each bowl unique. 1 cup... read more

Sun Salutations in the Company of Mothers

  Friday mornings at 7:30, you can find me leading a small group of women in an informal yoga practice. We roll out our mats on a bleached, cracked basketball court that is adjacent to our local recreation center, check in a bit about our families, and then commence to lift our arms up to the sky. Life with small children affords precious little time for yoga. Though I am able to squeeze in twenty minutes here and there at home, I had been missing a community in which to share my practice. Before I became a mother, I found that sense of community at... read more

The Case Against Time Out

  By Peter Ernest Haiman, Ph.D.   For generations, parents have sought a reliable and dependable way to handle childhood misbehavior. The most recent and popular discipline technique is time-out. Although time-out is better than spanking, it is not an appropriate way for parents to cope with the misbehavior of their children. Moreover, the use of time-out can create subsequent childhood behavior problems. These problems can affect the well-being of the child and severely strain the parentchild relationship.   Child Behavior – A Symptom The behavior of... read more

My 3 Boys

by Sarah Juliusson of www.MamaRenew.ca – Find Mama Renew on Facebook. Gratitude to Jenny Rough and her All Things Mothering post – Mothers Day Prayer.  I started writing this post on Mothers Day, and had to set it aside, not yet ready to write. I too found myself in a difficult place on Mothers Day, feeling acutely our miscarriage five years ago on Mother’s Day.  After five years, I have found that grief comes in waves – there are times when I can hardly believe we were ever pregnant with a 3rd child, when our family of two parents and two boys feels... read more

Happy? Then Say So!

How are things? Good. Yeah, good. Fine. Things are fine. Let me ask that question again: How are things? Glorious. Fabulous. It all feels like an adventure right now. I have synchronicities piling up everywhere. I’ve got all the money I need, in fact, it’s flowing good n’ steady. My skin is glowing. Most nights we dance in the kitchen. Even sex is better than ever. I giggle every day. And really, sometimes when I smile at a stranger in the market I can feel my heart swell. In fact, I swear I felt bliss while I was walking home the... read more

Girl Power Reinvented

Thank you to Julie Lancaster for this guest post. I believe in girl-power. Rich, music-blaring, arm-wrestling, mountain-climbing girl-power. But then my mom got Botoxed. Botulism right in the face. In her forehead and cheeks. Growing up, her lessons to me were how to be real and to always “go big.” We spent three years abroad before I was even six years-old. She took me traveling to thirteen countries before I could tie my own shoes. She created field trips to see the ambulance authority and camping trips in the muggy Pennsylvania hills. She was the... read more

Turning Grief into Hope, Mom Rides in Memory of Her Daughter

  Thank you for this guest post from The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge. As she watched her young daughter battle cancer, Janet O’Shea knew she needed to do more to help others. Diagnosed at just 2 years old with a rare form of cancer called Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumors (AT/RT), Charlotte O’Shea spent many of her days in and out of hospitals going through intensive chemotherapy and experimental treatment. That meant Janet O’Shea also spent days and days in the hospital. She became close with other parents who came to Dana-Farber Cancer... read more

7 ladies. 1 hot tub: a tale of profitability (it's not what you think)

I was in Santa Fe New Mexico earlier this year for the Transformational Speaking Intensive with master trainer, Gail Larsen. It was a mind-altering experience that will inform my self-expression for years. More on that…later. On the last night of the workshop Gail; maestro fresh master coach Susan Hyatt; champion of soulful service Jennifer Louden; unabashedly feminine coach, Julie Daley; clairvoyant (fer real) Naturopath Dr. Diane Chung; the Muse you dream of, Dyana Valentine; and yours truly were hot tubbing in the heavenly hills, talking about…Twitter,... read more

An Idea for a Smooth Bedtime Routine!

Sleeping baby A L.O.V.E. Parenting Technique that has been helpful for many of my clients has been to facilitate the bedtime routine in two locations. Rather than include the stimulation of books, lullabies, made-up stories, and talking in the bedroom, do these activities in another room, perhaps on the couch in the living room, and let the bedroom be a place for sleep only. Set the bedroom up for slumber with the curtains drawn, the covers pulled back, the lights off, and perhaps soft classical music playing and/or a nightlight on. The energy... read more

Freedom from FGM

By Candace Walsh Issue 140, January/February 2007 When I got back from Africa, folks wanted to know why I'd gone there. When I told them it was to attend Equality Now's annual conference on female genital mutilation (FGM), the conversation invariably bumped up against a stopping point: once you know about FGM, there really is no way to conscionably go on without doing something to help. Unless you can think of a reason not to. There is the Africa reason: "Africa is hopeless and always beset by violent crises." And the busyness reason: "I have enough things to worry... read more

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