29 03, 2018

A New Look on Happiness and 4 Affirmations for Creating a Happy Home

2018-04-18T14:44:08+00:00 March 29th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

I'm sure all of us can honestly say that we are sincerely happy and grateful for our kids. When we look back on our lives with them, we remember all the "firsts" with such joy. I know this is true for me. Even though all my five kids are teenagers and young adults now, I can still remember the first time I found out I was pregnant, the first time I held each one of them in my arms, the first time they started crawling, their first day of preschool, their high school graduations, taking them to college, etc. [...]

28 03, 2018

Teaching our Children to Embrace the Hero Within

2018-04-18T14:50:36+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Stories are powerful. Watching a good movie or reading a book can give us better perspective on the story of our own life.  Seeing the hero struggle and triumph inspires our own courage, bravery and hope in the face of great challenge and difficulty. For this reason, I was shocked by a discussion I had with a second grade counselor the other day. She told me that her students are now strongly resonating with the role of the villain over the role of the hero. They are idolizing the one who is strong, selfish, powerful and undefeated, trying to [...]

18 01, 2018

The Magic of Yoga for Kids!

2018-04-18T14:54:28+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

The first time I “experienced” Koren Paalman  was when I brought my kids to try out her “Kids Yoga” class at the Iyengar Institute, where I practice yoga regularly. Immediately I felt drawn to her presence as she joyfully invited my kids into the yoga studio, to play an irresistible game of Hide and Go Seek! My boys (ages 8 and 6) fell in love with her classes from the start. Each week I found myself yearning to share with Koren about the positive changes we were experiencing in our family, changes that I directly connected to learnings and [...]

26 08, 2017

Be the Change You Want to See in Your Children

2017-09-08T09:02:44+00:00 August 26th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

Robert Coles, the famed child psychiatrist, author, and Harvard Professor once said, “We live out what we presumably want taught to our children. And our children are taking constant notice... measuring us not by what we say, but by what we do." It's true. Studies show parenting is less about what preach to our kids, and more about how we show up. Children are incredibly intuitive: they know the difference between our saying something and our living it. They also know the difference between us putting on the facade of perfection and being who we are. For this reason, I [...]

20 08, 2017

How to Respond (or Not Respond) to Misbehavior

2017-09-08T09:03:18+00:00 August 20th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

Have you ever seen two kids—in my house, it’s usually brothers– fight like crazy, and then a few minutes later they’re best friends? As if nothing ever happened? Kids have this incredible resilience-- an ability to bounce back from confrontation. This is something I've learned to keep in mind when I am tempted to get involved in their squabbles. Sometimes waiting it out is the best approach. Afterwards, it may be best just to let it go, especially if our kids have already left the moment behind.  Sometimes there’s no need to work through the issue.  Often we rehash [...]

12 08, 2017

This Little Light of Mine, I’m Gonna Let It Shine!

2017-09-09T02:49:58+00:00 August 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

I find myself mesmerized by the children of our world. Mesmerized by the light that shines from their precious souls, by who they are now, and by who they will become.I believe that our children have joined us to heal our world.The kids of today (or should we say the adults of tomorrow!) are full of magic and creativity. For most of their younger years they naturally function at a delicate meditative state. Children are like sponges: they are open and attuned and absorb EVERYTHING that crosses their path.Our job is simple: to unlock for them a door to their [...]

4 08, 2017

The Truth about Successful Parenting

2017-09-08T09:04:26+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

  As parents, we all have concerns about success—our children's and our own.  We wonder, Most of us measure success by whether our kids make top grades, go to a good college, or earn a lot of money (all of which are certainly valid goals). But as spiritually conscious parents, we also know that success is less about the destination and more about the journey. The journey is what allows our children to learn their lessons, develop internal attributes, and grow into who they are meant to be. And yet how often do we give our kids short-cuts? Acting [...]

28 07, 2017

The Gift of Slowing Down

2017-09-09T02:51:23+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

The "Meditating Mind" is a clear, calm, quiet mind.   It's a sacred space that can be carved out inside a person’s being to help them tune out life's outside distractions and focus inward toward the voice of their soul.   As this meditative process of slowing down occurs, a phenomenon takes place, for inside the "Meditating Mind" develops the ability of the meditator to pick up on light-filled messages around them: the unseen details of their everyday life.   These important details exist all the time, and yet, because everything in our lives moves so fast, these sparks of [...]

22 07, 2017

Meditation Games

2018-04-18T14:56:29+00:00 July 22nd, 2017|Categories: Blog|

I want my kids to love meditation, just like I do. My heart knows the importance of guiding them to become aware of their secret, magical, True Voice inside yet when I have tried conventional meditation techniques with them, like “close your eyes and focus on your breath” it just hasn’t worked. In truth it becomes a challenging fight, to get them to sit still and meditate. But I just couldn’t give up! So I had 2 thoughts: -Since scientific research shows us that from the age of 6-12, normal children’s brainwaves naturally accelerate to a state called ALPHA [...]

22 07, 2017

How to Motivate Your Child to make an Effort

2018-04-18T15:04:58+00:00 July 22nd, 2017|Categories: Blog|

Perhaps one of the hardest things to experience as a parent is watching your child not put in the effort needed to succeed. I've been through this many times: it pains me to see my kids slacking back when I know how capable they are. How can we, as parents, help our children understand the power of effort? The truth is that our Opponent Voice provides us with constant excuses for not being successful. It is like a professional saboteur that tries to bring us down at every turn.  I've found that we can overcome this Inner Voice by [...]