When I Stop Trying So Hard

"Why can't I get this?!?" I lower my tired arms, hands dropping into my lap with defeat.I stop. I sit still for maybe the first second that morning. I'd been rushing all morning. I'd rushed (more than usual) to get my kids out the door to school. I'd rushed (more than usual) to get back home. To get to the next thing... This moment. This lesson. How is this my life?

Teaching Kids Emotional Intelligence

"Hold emotions as sacred." Sounds good, but how? Read on to learn more about five things you can do to teach emotional intelligence in your home. Meltdowns, tantrums, hitting, biting, screaming, crying, demanding. There is not a parent on the planet who does not feel triggered when their kids find themselves stuck in their brainstem, where FLIGHT, FIGHT and FREEZE rule the day.

Parenting by the book. Don’t do it.

The first few years (decades?) of motherhood are hard. Wanting to feed, love and help this adorable little person grow the 'right' way fills any new parent with all consuming questions, the answers to which seemingly allude you alone. And the questions other people ask --- ohhhh the questions. "Is he sleeping through the night?" What the hell does that matter? Worst. Question. EVER.