The teacher needs a teacher

Cathy Adams Family Stories, Personal Reflection, self-aware parenting 1 Comment

Early yesterday morning I taught my college students. We talked about how they need to take care of themselves so they can best utilize their skills. In the middle of the day I worked with elementary school students.  We talked about how important it is for them to appreciate who they are and make themselves a priority. At night, I …

10 Harmonious Practices for 2014

Cathy Adams Personal Reflection, self-aware parenting 0 Comments

1.       Quiet meditation (quiet time, going inside, call it what you want) When I don’t do it, I can tell. I get impatient faster and I get annoyed more often.  It’s more difficult to recognize how I contribute to every situation, and even worse, it’s difficult to access that place deep down inside that recognizes the amazingness of life. 2.       …

Teaching 5th grade girls to love themselves

Cathy Adams Be U: Raising Whole and Courageous Kids, self-aware parenting 3 Comments

What do 5th grade girls need? They need to know they are OK and not alone. They need to know they have adults who will support and understand them.  They need to know they are worthy and valuable, just as they are. Venturing into the world of preadolescence can be scary and uncomfortable, but it can also be fun and …

Where joy really comes from

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I picked up my daughter from Kindergarten today and she said, “I just feel so like me today….I love feeling like me.” As we walked to the car she held my hand, skipped, and hummed. Today she wore hand-me-down clothes from her sisters, some barrettes she found under her bed, and some bright blue shoes. We didn’t have any planned …

3 Myths About Introverts

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“Introvert” tends to bring up an image of a shy person in a corner, or an insecure person at home alone.  But over the years I have learned that introversion isn’t about shyness or insecurity, it’s about where and how you derive your energy. Extroverts tend to get their energy from outside stimulation, and introverts tend to find it from …