Monday, September 26, 2011

Who Do You Love More?

Photo-Illustration by Andrew Eccles for TIME
I've written previously about my difficulty bonding with my daughter when our twins were first born and at the time I struggled with feeling as though this meant I loved my son more than my daughter. Those of us who are raising siblings, or who are siblings ourselves, often fear that one day we will hear our children say the dreaded words: "mom always liked you best". 

The cover story on this week's Time Magazine is titled "Why Mom Liked You Best: The Science of Favoritism". In it, the author, Jeffrey Kluger declares that ALL parents have favorites. He goes on to declare that it's biologically wired in us to feel this way.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Great Parenting Show

A new teleseminar series began today called the Great Parenting Show. I heard the first parenting expert interviewed and I'm really excited to let my readers know about this free program.

This program promises to offer answers to parenting issues many of us have including: 
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  • How to discipline your children without ruining their self-esteem
  • How to put nutritious meals on the table without it taking up so much time
  • How to protect your child from being bullied at school or online
  • How to raise your child’s emotional EQ raising happier more resilient children
  • How to overcome your own parenting issues so as not to raise children with hang-ups
  • How to raise your children to be financially aware

Monday, September 19, 2011

What I Didn't Know

My son at 2 weeks old was probably
more alert than I was.
I became a parent without much thought. By that I don't mean that I didn't go through an awful lot of effort to become pregnant, but rather that I didn't fully realize what I was getting myself into. I had some vague notions about passing on a love of reading and how I would talk to the kids about how babies were born and how I would forever continue to wear thong underwear. But what I hadn't considered is how becoming a parent would change my life.
"Becoming a parent may happen on purpose or by accident, but however it comes about, parenting itself is a calling. It calls us to recreate our world every day, to meet it freshly in every moment. Such a calling is in actuality nothing less than a rigorous spiritual discipline -- a quest to realize our truest, deepest nature as a human being. The very fact that we are a parent is continually asking us to find and express what is most nourishing, most loving, most wise and caring in ourselves, to be, as much as we can our best selves." ~ Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting

Friday, September 16, 2011

I Think You're Totally Awesome!

For me, there's nothing more awesome than
loving, connected parents.
I first began this blog, about a year and a half ago, with the intention of having a place where my private coaching clients could review all of the parenting information I had put together over the years. I had originally intended to make it a home for parents of twins (hence the blog title). But before I knew it, I found myself with amazing readers who told me they related to what I was writing whether or not they had twins. Slowly, a new direction began to take shape and I realized I was writing for a much broader audience than I had originally considered. I began to realize that what I was really passionate about was working on my own parenting skills and helping others along the way so that we all could be more mindful, connected and joyful parents. 

Along the way, I have learned so much from so many amazing people who read my blog and who I have met in the blogging community, Facebook and Twitter. I wanted to take a minute and say thank you to all of you and let you know that yes, I think you're Totally Awesome!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Whole-Brain Child: Seminar With Dr. Dan Siegel

This book promises to be
mind-blowing!

A couple of months ago I attended an amazing lecture and workshop with Dr. Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson on the subject of Whole-Brain Parenting. I wrote about both in these two posts: Compassionate, Resilient Children Begin In The Mind and A Little Brain Science Can Help Us Raise Children Who Thrive. Dr. Siegel, who is the co-author of many books including the terrific "Parenting From The Inside Out", has written a new book with Dr. Bryson called "The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive" which I am extremely excited about.

This October, they will be presenting a seminar here in Los Angeles on the research and information discussed in this new book. I'm planning to attend and wanted to let my readers know the details, as space is limited. Dr. Siegel's previous work has been so helpful in my parenting journey and although I have only recently become aware of Tina Bryson, she has quickly become an excellent source of great parenting advice and information. 
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