Reminders from Acorn gathering

A couple weeks ago, my children and I attended Acorn gathering, a natural living skills community

event just north of Santa Barbara. Five days of camping solo with my children often feels daunting to me, but at Acorn it was filled with ease. My children were noticeably different; the way they can sometimes seem […]

Spiraling versus Arriving; the Healing Power of Circles

So much of what we do in this society is based on the idea that there is an arrival point.

A place and time where we will finally ‘have it all’ ‘feel complete’ ‘reach that goal’ or ‘be at peace.’ This idea is fed daily by fear based religions, media and marketing that thrive on […]

Circle Wisdom- Bragging, gloating, claiming it!

These Circles I hold are some truly amazing gatherings.

Every month, I feel an afterglow wash over me after each one. I feel blessed by the gift that others join me in authentic space, by the wisdom that pours forth as we all teach and support each other, by the experience of sitting in trust […]

3 Essential Keys to Fulfilling Your New Year’s Resolutions!

A child learning to crawl, reaches, stretches, cries in frustration, gives up at times, rests, then begins again following that innate desire to move forward.

A child learning to walk, pulls themself to standing, bracing themselves as long as they can, taking curious steps, feeling their way sometimes cautiously, sometimes not, depending on their temperament, […]

Real Love is Messy sometimes

It was messy….

Although the afternoon began well, with my daughter giving me the sweetest Valentine’s card ever…melting and opening my heart…

a few very small conventional candies later (that I allowed from the bag of way too much sugar brought home), both of my children were exhibiting the very real emotional/behavioral consequences of processed […]

Who is parenting your child?

the king :)

Lately it has become even more apparent to me that parenting has less to do with what we say or do, but rather where we are coming from when we do.

The other day my son Lucas who sprained his ankle, remarked at how he liked “feeling like a king!” because […]

Welcoming Autumn with Our Children (Autumnal Equinox)

A day early, my dear friend Erin and I took our children to the beach to celebrate the Autumnal Equinox. Over the years we have come together as kindred spirits in our love of nature and the rhythms it helps us keep in life and our hearts.

So after much delighted wave diving and frolicking, […]

Conscious Parenting: Preserving a Natural Pace

Our family is blessed to have vacationed in Maui many times over the years. Every time we arrive and I feel the warm winds blow, I take a deep breath and feel my body melt with relief: here is a place that moves at my pace. In Maui, my efforts to slow down are not […]

Self Care for Parents: Addressing Depletion

We see it often in parenting literature: in order to be as patient, kind, loving as we want to be as parents, we need to fill our cup.

This series of articles is intended to help parents explore self-care and recognize the pitfalls faced in implementing it. We’ll begin with a focus on […]

A Missing Key to Addressing Whining and Complaining

A parent’s self care is often a missing piece in parenting advice. We need to be as loving and respectful to ourselves as we are with our children. Therefore, when addressing whining and complaining, we must strike a balance between attending to underlying feelings AND setting loving boundaries to avoid negative behavior and communication patterns.

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