Author: growingwyoga

1st Published Article…

I recently had an article that I wrote published in Mandala Magazine’s online edition. Mandala Publications is the official publication of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), an international charitable organization founded by two Tibetan Buddhist masters, Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-1984) and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche. FPMT is a vibrant international community, with a network of 160 affiliate centers, projects and services, and members in more than 30 countries. The name of the article I wrote is called Parenting Unplugged: Self Care. I wanted to share about ways to cultivate self-care into your daily routine, and about how I helped my son create a peace space at home. Click HERE for a direct link to the article. I reached out to Mandala this past summer to ask about an idea I had for writing (I will share this idea another time once it develops further). They asked if I would be interested in writing something about parenting, which I was so psyched to do! I’m finding this new passion for writing …

Parents… You rock!

How many of you out there are single parents? How many of you are married, but feel like a single parent some, or most of the time? How many of you are parenting equally with the other parent- meaning, you each take on about 50% of the “parenting” duties? Well…. I honor ALL of you. Yes. All of you. Parenting is not an easy job. Whether you are sharing the responsibilities as a parent with someone equally, or taking on most of them yourself- it can feel overwhelming some days. Babies staying awake all night, or toddlers waking up every few hours when they are sick. Children fighting you about bedtime and not wanting to brush their teeth. The mornings when you’ve literally been awake for 60 minutes and already you want everyone to go back to sleep. Yep. We have ALL been there. We all know that instead of yelling, you are quietly talking to yourself, taking deep breaths, and reminding yourself that it is most important to stay calm. We all know how hard …

Where Are All The Helpers?

It’s funny the places I happen to be when all of a sudden, an idea for writing comes to mind. Today, it was the dressing room of T.J. Maxx. Yep. I bought nothing, but came out with an idea! You see, I’ve been feeling unsure of what to write about for the past few weeks… should it be about Yoga, Parenting, or about how to keep your Holidays simple with children…? Well, I’m thankful for the T.J. Maxx dressing room today because a very important question came to my mind… WHERE ARE ALL THE HELPERS IN THE WORLD? There is an astonishing amount of CRAP going on in the world. Today. Right this very moment. Violence, war, drug abuse, children being used and abused as soldiers… not to mention all of the poverty. And yet here I am writing on a computer from the comfort and safety of my home. What a blessing, truly, it blows my mind.  However, what I want to focus on (amidst the chaos of this world) is the fact that there are GOOD… …

Let’s Get Real With Parenting…

From a Buddhist point of view, everything is temporary. There is nothing that does not change. This can either induce extreme anxiety or contentment. Or a bit of both. Your child will never be the same as they are in this very moment… their mind, and body are constantly changing and developing. It really is wild to think about! Even though these thoughts may bring on sadness because our children are growing up so fast, the reality of things being temporary can really help with many life situations while parenting. I don’t know about you, but life with a 3-year-old can be pretty interesting. My son is a relatively easy-going child, however, he can fall apart just like anyone else. When this happens, it is a true test to what my threshold of patience is. And this varies day-to-day. When I am able to stay calm and centered, he definitely benefits in so many ways. If I can remain somewhat neutral to whatever it is that is happening, his overall mood can shift somewhat easily. But honestly, how is this possible every single time? Maybe …

Media… Has It Always Been This Way?

Lately, I have been spending a lot of my “free time” (you know, that time when your eye lids want to close at 8:00pm, but you force them to stay open to get stuff done) reading books. So. Many. Books.  I have to say, I am very grateful for all of those who have come before me, and who have spent their lives researching and publishing books, articles, etc. to help educate the masses on various subjects. From these individuals, my own concepts continual to evolve, and I am challenged to delve deeper into what my long-held beliefs are and what might need some tweaking. One of my favorite books at the moment is called Magic Capes, Amazing Powers: Transforming Superhero Play in the Classroom, written by Eric Hoffman. It truly is a well written book for both parents and educators. At the preschool I work at, so many children are engrossed in this “superhero play”. It is something relatively new to me, however, since my own son is just beginning to discover the power of this type of play. I have been looking for …

Thoughtful Transitions

So, we have all undergone a massive change over the last week together… yes, that’s right: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME. The time of year when darkness becomes even darker… when we feel ready for bed at 5:30pm… and when our children are itching to still play, but we are crammed indoors (well, at least those of us in the Northeast region of the US) due to the darkness and soon-to-come freezing temperatures. It’s really not that bad though… honestly. A few years ago I remember a woman I met at a “new mom’s group” in Portland, Maine talk about how she was going to “embrace winter”. That phrase totally hit me. How incredible! At the time, being a new mom meant feeling very, very tired with a child under the age of 1 year. However, it also meant I had the precious opportunity to rediscover what it means to PLAY. I’m pretty sure our winter adventures that first year of my son’s life consisted of walks along the ocean on mild days, and short snowshoe hikes through the woods with friends …

Is MY child normal?

As a parent, there are so many circumstances that arise that make me wonder “Is this normal? Is my child the only one that acts this way or talks this way?” Sometimes parenting can feel like the greatest thing since sliced bread, and at other times can feel like the most lonely job in the world. What often makes me see clearly again (and laugh!) is remembering that when you become a parent, you basically join a “club”. Walking down the grocery aisle, witnessing a toddler scream and cry about not getting the food they want doesn’t make me judge the parent- it softens my heart. It allows me to remember that no one should ever have to feel alone because we have all been there. I remember before becoming a mother having SO many ideas for parents to try and wondering “why can’t they just do this, it will help their child!”  This makes me wince now, ever thinking that I had the idea that I knew exactly what to do… I guess that …

It’s Yoga Time!

I’m so thrilled to be writing my very FIRST blog post… and even more thrilled that someone may be reading this out there! In all honestly though, I have been dreaming of creating a blog for the better part of two years now… however, time can be limited while raising a child, especially a very active one! Even now, I am sitting here watching my son get himself dressed, laughing to myself about how time truly changes everything. I remember the days when him getting his socks on was such an accomplishment, and how now, at 3.5 years old, he can get himself completely dressed. And also how at the time of him learning to get his socks on, I couldn’t imagine having enough energy to write a blog… and just a few years later, here I am! The purpose of this blog will be MANY things. I am a dreamer and my mind is full of ideas… I am also a Children’s Yoga Teacher, Montessori Preschool Teacher, Single Mother and am wildly passionate about cooking healthy, whole foods for …