Permission to Play

Is there a way to hit pause on our to-do-lists and just give ourselves permission to play? I think we must. Play can be simple or elaborate. Think back to your own childhood and remind yourself of what brought you joy. There are no rules, except of course, that you have to have fun!

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The Magic of Reading Aloud

You know those moments when your child is grouchy, whiny, or lashing out? Well, there is an (almost) instant cure that will soothe the most troubled little heart or weary body. Reading Aloud. At the heart of this idea is connection, and that’s what children (and any human) need most when they are having a hard time. They need to […]

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This One, Small Act

When I find myself in a mood that I don’t enjoy, I perform this small, simple ritual to make myself feel better. I clean the kitchen sink. I take my time, scrubbing, and making it as shiny as it can be. Then I leave a little splash of water in it, and I add a few drops of my favourite […]

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4 Ways to be a Happy Mama

In my experience, these 4 things have made the most positive and lasting contribution to my happiness. They take time and consistent effort, but without them, I become irritable, exhausted, and impatient.  With them, I am a source of energy, compassion, and creativity.  Even though I often have to talk myself into making these things a priority, I am always, always, so glad I did!

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