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  • Self-Care in the Thick of Things

    Self-care is crucial for parents because it helps them maintain calm for longer periods of time. Self-care facilitates patience and staves off taking our frustrations out on our children. Self-care helps us remain freer of resentment, exhaustion, or feeling depleted. It keeps us healthier. Self-care helps us tune into the joy and satisfaction of having children, even during overly busy...
  • If You Can’t Say Something Nice, Don’t Say Nothing At All

    Taking care of ourselves when we’re parenting is NOT selfish; it is an investment in our family. When parents care for and nurture themselves they parent better. They are able to remain calm when life is tough, have extended patience and be Present more often. Last week I mentioned that I do seven simple things that help me care for myself...

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  • Will It Ever Be Enough!

    Recently I was reading in my journal about changes I have made in the last ten years of my life. Some were small and some large. All were helpful in adding to the quality of my life. One, in particular, stood out to me. It stood out because it’s what I hear from so many mothers and fathers that I...
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  • Creating A Culture of Serviceability and Kindness

    One day while helping a friend in her home she asked me if I ever felt as if I was at war with my family. She said that if anything was organized it wouldn’t stay that way. If it was clean it would get dirty. If it was peaceful chaos would inevitably show up. I understood her frustration. After all, I...

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Mary Ann Johnson | Relationship Transformations for Busy Parents, 2017

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