Lessons from Ep.729 – “Toxic Achievement Culture”

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Exploring the thin line between nurturing ambition and fostering well-being, Todd and Cathy delve into the complexities of today’s achievement culture. Discover insights on balancing aspirations with emotional health in our youth.


Lessons from Ep.728 – “ADHD by Gender”

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Dive into the nuanced world of ADHD through the lens of Todd and Cathy Adams from Zen Parenting Radio. This blog unpacks key insights from their latest episode, shedding light on gender differences in ADHD diagnosis and offering compassionate strategies for parents and individuals navigating these challenges.

Zen Parenting Book by Cathy Cassani Adams - 2023 International Book Award Winner for the Parenting & Family Category

A Proud Moment: My Wife’s Book, Zen Parenting, Wins the International Book Award

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My incredible wife, Cathy Cassani Adams, has won the International Book Award for “Zen Parenting: Caring for Ourselves and Our Children in an Unpredictable World.” This prestigious award, hosted by the American Book Fest, highlights her unique perspective on mindful parenting. As her husband, I’m bursting with pride and grateful for the guidance her book provides in our journey of raising kids. Here’s to mindful parenting!

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Round and Round

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I’ve been feeling gutted for the last couple of days, and this morning I gave myself permission to stay gutted. I don’t want to move on quickly. There is no quick fix for deep exhaustion and concern. I want so badly to focus on other things – but I can’t, yet. The world has presented obstacles that can’t be removed …

Anti-Racist Books and Thought Leaders

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Book Recommendations: So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness – Austin Channing Brown Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Dr. Bryan Stevenson The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander Me …

Empathy and the ability to feel your feelings

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  We were built to feel our feelings, even when feelings don’t feel very good. Anger, sadness, feeling left out – not enjoyable. But we all know these feelings intimately, they come and go throughout our lives. They are wonderful teachers, offering an appreciation for the happier moments and calmer times. They also create a sense of compassion and empathy …

The choice and power of words

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In a moment it can feel really good to yell at someone, to release the anger through words. It’s like unloading heaviness onto someone else for awhile, like a momentary relief. But later we are left feeling guilty and ashamed, with the realization that we were irresponsible. We forgot to pay attention. We lost sight of what was real and most important.

Practicing Contentment

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Searching outside of ourselves for contentment will disappoint. It’s not a thing we can “have”. Instead, it’s a practice of paying attention, appreciating, refocusing. No one promised us contentment. It’s nobody’s job to give us contentment. Instead it’s an individual responsibility, a lifetime commitment. Sometimes it’s easy. Things flow, birds sing, life has rhythm. Sometimes it’s elusive. We feel worry, …

Feeling afraid? Create light.

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I told my girls about the Paris tragedy. I explained that a few very angry people chose to harm and create fear, but their actions actually led to compassionate solidarity all over the world. They thought they were spreading hate, but instead they ignited togetherness and love. In an instant people remembered what mattered most. They stopped, became silent, prayed. …