Archive - August 2015

What’s In Your Backpack? Lipstick, Good Reads and Other Essentials For Chilled Mothering

September 1st. To say “Yay!” is an understatement. Your children’s backpacks and lunchboxes you carefully prepared are lined up next to the door—and finally, it’s now time to take care of your own equipment. Only a few days ago I stood at the office-supply store, debating which eraser to buy for their pencil cases! As if I didn’t know that they’ll lose it on the first day, or poke holes in it on the second. It’s a fresh beginning for them and I want even the eraser to resonate that. I also want to celebrate… I’m getting back my (already[…]

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Conversation with Best Selling Author Natalie Goldberg

It’s well into August and I feel like it’s SO intense, I’m almost losing touch with myself. On ordinary days, when I get lost in everything I need to do and to remember, I make lists. If you’re anything like me, you’re familiar with the sense of calm that to-do lists and shopping lists can bring! When we put pen to paper- we anchor our mind-voice and in the process create space to think and notice. Something tangible to hold on to. Putting some thoughts and memories down in writing in a “list” of sorts can do wonders for a[…]

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How To Avoid After-Vacation Burnout When You’re Back With Your Kids

My first child-free vacation took place after nearly 10 years of stay-at-home parenting. It really was an ideal vacation—followed by a shock when I was back with my kids in the same space. That shocking, even depressing ending to the break I had been starving for, was a large-scale version of my difficult transitions from quiet mid-mornings to afternoons filled with noise and disharmony. “But you should be grateful for the hours you had to yourself”, my husband would say. And wasn’t he right? Somehow I could weave my interests in and out of baby Eliana’s schedule for 3 years[…]

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