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Child v. inner child: Navigating the triggers of parenting  It has taken me a while to accept that life is a journey of ups and downs. Mainly because I hate being down. But whilst I would love to feel eternally connected, centred and serene, I have come to appreciate that the triggers that cause the…

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Ideal or Idealistic Mother Becoming a mother was monumental. I had waited 8 years for it to happen and when it did, I was certain that as a developmental therapist, I would be able to handle anything. Many well knowing friends had shared horror stories of how challenging parenting was, but I didn’t buy it….

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I Prefer an Unused Uterus When I was very young, I heard someone use the word “bastard” and I asked my aunt what it meant. “Well,” she said, “it’s a word used for a child who is created before the parents are married.  Like you, sweetie.  You’re a bastard.  So is your Aunt Dana. You’re…

Mother Archetype

Explore the Too-Good Mother Archetype Exploring our inner self takes courage and tenacity to stay the course. Looking inward is an important tool for creating sustainable change in our life and in our families. Sometimes asking questions can start a whole new wave of truth that we wouldn’t have noticed had we not taken the…

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9 Affirmations for You & Your Kids Lois Shannon’s introduction to affirmations: 9 Affirmations you can sing along to: 1. I have made my happiness dependent on me and me only. 2. Because I cannot control conditions, I control myself beautifully, effortlessly, and successfully thought by thought. 3. I am free of all addictions to…

I used to run from difficult and harsh weather. I loved nothing more than a sunny day with blue skies. I ran away from home when I was five years old because I never knew when the next storm would hit. My family was like its own weather system, full or hurricanes, tornadoes and freak thunderstorms….

I have a Dream for my Daughter

I Have A Dream for my Daughter There was a time when women once had dreams of freedom. We dreamed that we would have the right to vote, and our voices would be heard. We dreamed of becoming leaders in our communities, so that we could make a difference. We dreamed of having a choice about our bodies, and when we…

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Finding the Present Moment When I was eleven, my teacher moved my desk into the hallway. I was too fidgety and too loud to remain in the classroom. I was an active child. Every day after school, I ran to the diamond to play softball. Then changed in the car to go to swim practice….

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I visited the Gold Hill, Colorado museum yesterday and a 65-year-old man came in with his 87-year-old mother who was visiting from Arizona. Both were in phenomenal physical condition. You’d have to be in order to be hiking around up here at 9K ft! They kindly introduced themselves to me. The woman was petite with…

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Finding True Love in Motherhood Living life as a statistic was not easy. I was faced with difficult choices at a young age and societal pressure wasn’t on my side. Throughout high school I was so proud and happy to have a serious boyfriend.  He was my first true love. Our families did not approve of our love: think…

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