Sharing the Yamas and Niyamas with Children: Ahimsa Part 1

********* In this series, I will discuss sharing the Yamas and Niyamas with children. The Yamas and Niyamas are ethical principals that  are outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. They can be applied within any spiritual, religious or secular practice since they deal with how to act peacefully within ourselves and with other people. This first…

I Am Still, Here

There are times when I look at one of my kids and think, we are moving together easily.  Our relationship is flowing and smooth. It’s simple to connect and spending time with one another feels good.   Then there are times when I look at one of my kids and wonder who they are. I…

Spank Out Day 2012 Carnival: Call for Submissions

Compassion and empathy with children is the same compassion and empathy for the children grown. And there can be the story of mankind. ~me Monday, April 30th is Spank Out Day, a day to raises awareness about corporal punishment and non-violent ways to raise children. I am inviting anyone who feels inspired to promote non-violent…

The Wager

By entering into this whole parenting thing, I’ve chosen to be an ideal parent. There is no option to opt out of it. My every decision is related to being the best parent I can be. Yet, I doubt my ability to be the ideal parent. I feel like a fraud when I write about…

The Art of Surrender

When I hear the word surrender, I tend to react in a negative way. I think of it as submitting, giving up or giving in. I think of surrender as letting go of my power or my protection. I am vulnerable to anything or anyone that might hurt me. So I struggle when someone says…

10 Ways to Be a More Connected Parent Today

Continuing the NaBloPoMo posts that scare me, I’m combining two at once:  “the list post” and “the advice post.” I don’t mind sharing my own experiences in the spirit of sharing and connecting. But, I shy away from giving advice because I believe things are best discovered on our own. So, here’s my advice on…