The Healing Power of Holding

(I wrote this ages ago for the Inner bonding website, and just realized I never posted it here. It is still just as essential, so I share it with all of you in the hopes you will find your ways to the mothering and fathering you always deserved. )

Today as I held a member […]

Shark! How understanding brain biology helps us heal

So much changes when we understand what happens in the brain when we are overwhelmed, stressed, and triggered. This summer, while swimming in the warm, gentle waves of Maui’s Kamaole Beach, I came to a stretch where there were no swimmers ahead of me. Instantly the thought raced through my mind, “Oh no, there […]

Embracing the Seasons of Life

While we have yet to see many traditional signs of Autumn here yet, the heat waves are bringing the familiar delicious beach weather and the signs for pumpkin spiced ‘this’ and ‘that’ are everywhere…so of course I am thinking about seasons.

We generally feel the rhythm of the current season as a direct parallel to […]

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 […]

The Bigger Picture: Keeping our Children Close

I am really enjoying my re-read of Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate’s book, Hold Onto Your Kids. In this book, they describe how children’s excessive attachment to peers sabotages their development. What our children really need, they say, is a strong attachment to their parents and other positive adults who can provide the invaluable support […]

A Missing Key to Building Children’s Self-Esteem

A client asks, “How can I help my child have good self esteem, when I don’t?”

The fact that she can recognize that this is a problem

is the first step! So often, parents, particularly those that have personal histories to heal, focus intensely on helping their children to have the confidence they don’t. However, […]

Embracing vulnerability; what conscious pregnancy is teaching me about opening our hearts

The thin veil on emotions that one experiences while pregnant is a divine gift. I have experienced this pregnancy as a time of great shedding; shedding old fears (what if, what if, what if), shedding old limiting beliefs (I can’t possibly mother three, my children can’t handle sharing me, etc.) shedding external things like clutter […]

The Boss of Me!: (Re)Claiming Authentic Power

Today, I offered Maya a bite of my sandwich so she could try the sauce. She made a face that looked like ‘I don’t want to,’ but she didn’t say anything, so I said, “Oh you don’t have to.” She laughed and said with confidence, “I know I don’t have to take a bite if […]

The Virtues of my Low Tech Pregnancy

This is my third pregnancy. The first time around I was in the ER, looking at my baby through a cervical ultrasound when 6 weeks pregnant… after I had panicked when feeling some cramping. That pregnancy began with the assumption that I was going to give birth in a hospital, so I started my prenatal […]

A Conscious Parent’s Manifesto

More and more, women and families are seeking to parent with greater awareness, to nurture their child’s

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authentic spirit, and allow their full potential to be expressed. Many of these same mothers and fathers are those who were wounded by the experiences of their past. Often those who knew the pain of abandonment […]

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