I’ve seriously had my buttons pressed lately, buttons I didn’t even know I had.  For years I’ve thought of myself as this super centred, calm, yoga teacher chick, but in the last two months I’ve had my patience tested to the max. One of the big challenges for me has been how to deal with a new house guest – Mr Incessant Whining.   It felt like this unwelcome visitor arrived overnight.  I was like, “Hello!  Where did you come from?  You don’t...

We were at the playground the other day.  In spite of all the swings and slides on offer, Joshi had become engrossed with a little broom he’d found there.  He was loving it and sweeping everything in sight.  Then this kid, a bit older than him, came over and took the broom.  Joshi was totally fine with it – the other kid’s mom however, wasn’t!   She yelled at her kid, telling him off for taking the broom and took the broom back to Joshi....

  A few months ago I shared with you about “Why I’d Never Put My Baby In A BabyBjorn Carrier.”  My site traffic went through the roof.  Yes, the title was a bit provocative, but I really wanted to get people talking about optimal positioning when baby-wearing.  And it worked.  Parents who read my post contacted BabyBjorn – then BabyBjorn contacted me.  They said that the new carrier they were just launching, the Baby Carrier One, “has been developed...

I came so close to buying a Baby Bjorn baby carrier. Another mum had shown me hers and told me how easy it was to clip on and off.  It looked great … and seemed easy to use.  What mum isn’t drawn to something practical that could make her life easier?  But then, a few days later, a friend of mine sent me an article about all the baby related things which a chiropractor was recommending you don’t put your baby in.  It included things like jolly jumpers,...

  I was down at the beach last week.  Joshi was playing in the water with this other little boy, also 18 months old. I was chatting with his mom.  She asked me, “When are you going to start toilet training Joshi?”  “I’m not,” I said, “We’ve been practicing elimination communication (EC) and responding to Joshi’s toilet needs since he was 10 days old.” I also shared how he’s been nappy free at night since he...

  I always wanted to have a baby naming ceremony for Joshi. While I was pregnant I qualified as a civil celebrant. You’d think that would make organising Joshi’s baby naming ceremony a lot easier, right?  Wrong.  The first year of Joshi’s life was so busy and intense for me there was no way I was going to get round to organising it.  I was just too zombiefied. Joshi was 17 months old by the time I finally got my act together.  By then it felt a little...

  I wasn’t sure if I was being brave, selfish, foolish or very optimistic – being a mamma of an 18 month old and deciding to go on a 4 day Art of Silence/ Part Two Course.  To give you an idea of what it involves, being on this course means being in session (either meditating, doing yoga, listening to knowledge or being in satsang) from 6am until about 9.30pm for four days.  The course is usually run as a residential retreat.  While it may not sound like...

If you’re not a tired mum, you can count your lucky stars, because many mums out there are really exhausted. Waking several times through the night to tend to your kids and then either working during the day or staying home and looking after your kids is demanding.  Unless you’re particularly mindful around taking care of yourself, it’s bound to take its toll on your energy levels.  So, what can you do to avoid being a tired mum? Well, I think there are...

I’ve been observing how us parents are with our kids around food, including myself.  I’ve been noticing how some folks insist their kid eats everything on their plate.  I’ve also been observing my own tendencies and the language that I use with Joshi around food.  And it’s got me thinking.  The conclusion I’ve come to is that mealtimes are yet another opportunity for practicing mindfulness. How Mindful Are You Around Your Kid’s Eating? “Come...

Does Your Kid’s Crying Make You Uncomfortable? If you were a child and something happened to you which really hurt, like you hit your head or kicked your toe and it was so sore you felt like crying, how’d you like your parents to be? I was with Joshi in a park a few weeks ago, when this kid, about 6 years old, slid face-first down a slide.   Although not visually injured, he was clearly sore and started crying when he reached his mum at the bottom.  His mum was...

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