Parenting without power struggles

Couple years ago, I was introduced to Susan Stiffelman’s work via her presentation, “Parenting Conscious Children”.  Then recently, I came across an article she wrote in the Huffington Post, What Is the Best Approach to Discipline. So when her book Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm, and Connected, was […]

How Children Learn

How Children Learn by John Holt Children have a style of learning that fits their condition, which they use naturally and well until we train them out of them.  We like to say that we send children to school to teach them to think.  What we do, all too often, is to teach them to […]

Kids Have All The Write Stuff

Inspiring your children to put pencil* to paper by Sharon A. Edwards and Robert W. Maloy *or crayon or felt-tip marker or computer Excerpts. Early marks and scribbles evolve into readable symbols as children express their thoughts through drawings, words, and stories.  Young children write spontaneously and enthusiastically.  When writing is a natural feature of […]

The Desire Map

The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte (Link to Sample Chapter) We have the procedures of achievement upside down.  Typically we come up with our to-do lists, our bucket lists, and our strategic plans – all the stuff we want to have, get, accomplish, and experience outside of ourselves.  All of those aspirations are being driven […]

The Circle Maker

The Circle Maker:  Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears by Mark Batterson “Lord of the universe, I swear before Your great name that I will not move from this circle until You have shown mercy upon Your children.” “Not for such rain have I prayed, but for rain that will fill cisterns, […]

I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was

How to discover what you really want and how to get it by Barbara Sher In the early 1980s, two Harvard psychologists completed a study of people who called themselves happy.  And what did happy people have in common?  Money?  Success?  Health?  Love? None of these things.  They had only two things in common:  They […]

Guerrilla Learning

How to Give Your Kids a Real Education With or Without School by Grace Llewellyn and Amy Silver We define an “educated person as one whose inborn love of learning is still intact (or has been reclaimed), and who chooses and has the skills to partake of the shared human creative endeavors of literature, science, […]

Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh

Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh The practice of living fully in the present moment – what we call mindfulness – can give us the courage to face our fears and no longer be pushed and pulled around by them..  To be mindful means to look deeply, to touch our true nature of interbeing and recognize […]

Living Buddha, Living Christ

Living Buddha, Living Christ By Thich Nhat Hanh In midwinter, St. Francis is calling out to an almond tree, “Speak to me of God!”  and the almond tree breaks into bloom.  It comes alive.  There is no other way of witnessing to God but by aliveness.  After all, the very word “spirit” means “breath,” and […]

Knowing When It’s Right

Knowing When It’s Right by Nancy Rosanoff, Ph.D. Be still and let your connection to Intuition Central find you.  Take ten minutes every day and just sit, breathing and listening to your heart beat.  Your sense of connection will happen automatically. Quiet down enough to feel the rhythm, speed, and quality of your heart pumping.  […]