Mindful Teacher Training – Now Online!

Posted on October 29, 2019

I’m so excited! Last week I hosted my very first online training: I led The Mindful Teacher Training, Level 1, Teach to Reach at Swarthmore Friends Nursery School. This school is on the campus of beautiful Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, and there were 15 teachers who reach 150 children. I have every reason to feel fulfilled and joy-filled. I’m teary eyed when I think of the importance of such training. If we, as adults taking care of children—parents, teachers, recess staff,…

What Does Raising “Healthy” Children Really Mean?

Posted on October 22, 2019

Guest Post by Bela Patel, Doctor of Pharmacy, Certified Holistic Health Coach   When you think of the word “healthy,” most people think of food and the absence of disease. Health is a state of physical, mental, and emotional well-being, and to achieve this we need to create a solid foundation of great habits in our children. As a pharmacist and health coach, I take a holistic approach and look at our health like a table. A table has four legs,…

California Fires: Tips and Tools to Uplift Your Family Vibes

Posted on October 12, 2019

It’s that time of the year here in Southern California. Those of us who have spent a lifetime here can feel the fear in the air the minute the winds kick up to horrendous speeds. The smell of smoke and the sounds of sirens, helicopters, and fire-fighting aircraft just add to the angst. With eight fires currently active, more than 100,000 people have been evacuated, several school districts are closed, and workplaces are reduced to skeleton crews. With just a…

3 Quick Tools to Simplify the “Hardest” Job in the World – Parenting!

Posted on October 8, 2019

A few weeks ago we discussed why parenting seems so hard. This week, I want to share three simple action tools that help you, the busy parent, align your goal of shifting from “hard parenting” to “smart parenting.” In order to do this, let’s play the “switch” game: 1. Consider everything hard a challenge: Let’s say that you are faced with a difficult situation with your kids. You’re at the cusp of exploding. Your inner self is screaming, “This is soooo hard!” Now take…

What You Can Learn About Parenting From Wine Tasting

Posted on October 1, 2019

I was at a wine tasting event recently and couldn’t help but notice how dialed in most people were to the experience. It was interesting to observe how the first sips of a new pour activated a different taste—oaky, fruity, smooth, tart, or sweet, to mention a few—for different people. And they all seemed to enjoy the moment, regardless of whether the wine was to their taste or not. There was one thing in common, however: Wine tasting was all…