Relief from Bedtime Battles in a Peace Jar

Last night my daughter had a bedtime meltdown. She wanted another story, she wanted to sleep in my bed, she wanted me to sleep in hers. Truthfully, she was just over-tired, and once her emotions were in charge there was no stopping the situation from going downhill fast. Until I remembered her peace jar.

A peace jar is a homemade snow-globe. It’s also my secret weapon in the bedtime …

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Get Ready for Homework with a Game of

My kids are really busy. So am I.

And all too often homework is the last activity of the day – after hockey, tutoring, playdates, dinner . . . It’s no surprise that by then we are all exhausted and in no frame of mind for anything more demanding than vegging out on the sofa. Some nights we’re able to push through the fatigue and get it done. …

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Minding my Own Mind

Travel hockey tryouts were this week and watching my son skate across the ice over and over and over again, I realize that I learned more about myself than Zach’s coaches could possibly have ever learned about him.

To set the stage just a little, next hockey season Zach will be moving up to the next age bracket, kind of like going from ruling the school in your last …

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Blowing Bubbles

This weekend my kids and I played with bubbles for the first time in months. We pulled out the really cool insect and flower shaped wands, poured out the soap mix and twirled around the yard, waving our wands until the air around us was a sea of floating, translucent spheres. It was so much fun. A perfect diversion for one of those slightly warm, mildly cool days that …

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A Loving-Kindness Practice for Young Children

The expansive open-heartedness of loving-kindness and compassion practices is one of the greatest gifts we can offer our children.

In Metta Meditation we train in opening our hearts through the repetition of four heartfelt wishes that we send first to ourselves and then outward to an ever-expanding community, until we are able to hold the entire world in the loving-kindness of our attention. Even if we’ve never practiced Metta …

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Heartfelt Blessings at Bedtime

Each night I soothe my daughter to sleep with these blessings that are my personal version of the four heartfelt wishes of Metta Meditation.

At 4 years old it is the ritual of the loving attention that matters more than the content, but I like to think that as she gets older, the meaning of the words will take root in her spirit and send her into the world …

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