Mandalas are wonderful. Our Universe is a giant mandala and I have discovered over the years the many benefits of painting or coloring mandalas either simply or in a complicated fashion. The benefits seem to be amazing and long lasting no matter what road you take. So I started using mandalas with children and it helps them focus, de-stress and relax very quickly. In this day and age of pressure and fast paced…Continue
Added by Patricia Rose Upczak on April 17, 2016 at 12:54pm — No Comments
If there’s one mom you should be following online, it’s Deva Dalporto of My LifeSuckers. She’s the creator of brilliant viral mom parodies that have been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, ABC, Fox News, Yahoo, and more. You may remember her as one of our first MomCave LIVE guests, where we discussed her …Continue
Added by Jennifer Weedon Palazzo on March 24, 2016 at 8:54am — No Comments
As mentioned earlier this month, I am not afraid of a good long cry. There are certain places where I do my best not to cry, like at work. I try to suck it up and let the tears out later when I won't be interrupted. Fortunately I have a wonderful job right now that doesn't cause me tears.…
I had a bad day. Things didn't really go my way at work and they weren't going that well at home either. There comes a point where you really don't want to hear your family's critiques about the new recipe you just rushed home to prepare for them; you just want them to eat it.
My usual behavior when that…
Added by Lauren Markman on March 1, 2016 at 6:14am — No Comments
There are things that as a parent you can't prepare for. I like lists, so here is just a few of them:
Added by Lauren Markman on February 12, 2016 at 6:15am — No Comments
We are not a dog family. My husband and I are not particularly fond of dogs, so our son is not very fond of them either.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 11, 2015 at 5:40am — No Comments
Scientists only recently have begun to study the benefits of gratitude. Vitamin G, as some like to call it, plays a critical role in happiness. Focusing on the positive boosts body, mind, and spirit. It gives us energy, inspires us, and transforms us. In a nutshell, it provides life with meaning by thinking of life as…Continue
Added by Sandi Schwartz on November 8, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments
This is part one of a three part series on stress and how to deal with it. This is my blog post as it appeared as a guest post on One2One Network on November 3, 2015. I find this to be extremely relevant as the holiday season is upon us.…Continue
Added by Heather Kiser on November 4, 2015 at 7:36pm — No Comments
I said a lot of dumb things when I was in my 20s. As I am now older and (presumably) wiser, I take comfort in the fact that everyone says dumb things in their 20s. In your 20s you suffer from an optimistic idealistic attitude about...well, everything.
As I have gotten older, I have gotten wiser. Which is…
At 5 pm, I have been working for eight and a half hours. I probably don't even know what time it is. In fact, I am probably in a meeting, since I work for a bicoastal company and it is only 2 pm on the other coast. (That tends to be a popular meeting time.)
By 5:14, I am trying very hard to focus on whatever…
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Added by Gabrielle Riggins on October 13, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments
You don’t know me and I don’t know you, but yesterday, I was looking for your little boy. We had been swimming at a hotel down the beach from yours when a security guard entered the pool and asked for all of the parent’s attention. There was a little boy, only three years old in a bathing suit bottom without a shirt, who had wandered away on the beach. My heart sank. We were to keep our eyes open.
The hair raised on my arms and on the back of my neck and I felt…Continue
Added by Ellie Hirsch on September 8, 2015 at 7:27pm — No Comments
In my little corner of the world, school starts next week. And all around me I hear the moms talking about various after school programs and which ones they are avoiding because they don't encourage children to complete their homework first.
And I can hear that they are already stressed out over their…
Added by Lauren Markman on August 18, 2015 at 6:32am — No Comments
Having too much stuff is a growing epidemic in our modern world. It is commonplace have houses, garages, attics, basements, and storage sheds bursting at the seams. Besides the enormous financial effects of owning all these things, what is it doing to our health?
I recently came across the book "Life At Home In The Twenty-First Century", which was the end result of a nine-year project by researchers at UCLA. This book examines what is really in our homes,…Continue
At a playdate with friends the other day one of the moms turned to me and asked what my secret was? For a moment I stood perplexed. Why whatever did she mean!? Did she want to know if I had found the fountain of youth? Did I really look that good? I just started using a new shampoo; maybe I was rocking a sweet do? I couldn’t help but smile as I inquired,” what secret?”.
“Your mood, what’s your secret? You always seem so happy, peppy, in such a great mood and…Continue
Added by Kat Tom on July 27, 2015 at 7:39pm — No Comments
A few months ago, a couple of coworkers were trying to figure out my age. Eventually, one of them just came out and asked me. Several of them thought I was significantly younger than I actually am. I know this is not because of the way I look (I think I look my age), but rather because of the energy level that I have.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 15, 2015 at 6:31am — No Comments
Throughout college, I kept a secret. There was something that I liked to do to relieve stress, but only when my roommate wasn't around. (I didn't want her judging me.) But I often found myself around exams week taking a break from my studies and taking a few minutes out of my day to color.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 7, 2015 at 6:28am — No Comments
I consider my son to be smart. He is a great reader, communicator, budding scientist and explorer. I love the way he tackles new topics that interest him, and I don't mind when he bails on subjects that bore him. He has that kind of crazy chaotic nature that all five-year-old boys display, but is able to focus on building with his Legos for hours.…
Added by Lauren Markman on July 6, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments
My husband and I have always had a dual-income household. We are fortunate to both have jobs that we truly enjoy. There have been a few times in the past where one of us was out of work and financially dependent on the other person, which naturally lead to stress in our relationship. But we got through it (for better or worse, right?) and moved ahead. At no point during those times did one of us consider cheating on the…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 17, 2015 at 6:25am — No Comments