Cathy and Todd discuss how we can stay connected and curious about our kids lives. They also share a new perspective on being busy, and why contemplation is more important than “doing”.

They reference the following books, blogs and quotes:

Anna Quindlen’s book Loud and Clear.

A blog titled Busy Is A Sickness by Scott Dannemiller

The Victor Hugo quote – “To contemplate is to toil, to think is to do”.

Randy Pauch’s book The Last Lecture

Rita Hyland’s It’s My Year Course (Rita is a partner for the Let’s Get Real Zen Parenting Conference).


Other Resources


Zen Gets Real 2016 Conference tickets are now on sale.  Coupon code- “Zenfriend” expires Christmas Eve

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Cathy’s 3rd book, Living What You Want Your Kids To Learn won the National Indie Excellence Award!Go here to order your book.COVER.300ppi.rgb

Click the following links to purchase Cathy’s books The Self-Aware Parent Part 1  & and Part 2



Tribe Adventure Men’s Retreat

February 19th–February 21st, 2016
Unplug, Unwind, and Recharge

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Tree of Life Chiropractic Care have some interesting workshops planned.

If you shop Amazon by going through our website first (there is an amazon link on the bottom right hand of our home page), a portion of your sale will help fund future Zen Parenting programming.


How important is a good smile?  Just ask our new partner John J Kelly DDS.  They are located on the northwest side of Chicago and will meet all of your family’s dental needs.

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Painting or remodeling?  Don’t forget about our parnter Avid Co.

Looking for a Vitamix blender?  Don’t forget to use our coupon code 06-007296 for free shipping.