What does it mean to be Child Friendly? Community, Conflict, and Mindful Action 

I had an interaction at a local (and very hip) shopping market. My then 2 year old picked up a silicone Popsicle container and put the edge of it in his mouth.  They are on ground level– bottom shelf. I was turned away from him, right beside him, looking at the bread. His older brother […]

Practice to Navigate Paradox 

There is a verse from Lau Tzu that says: “Instead of trying to be a mountain, be the valley of the universe, so all things will come to you.” The last 5 years have been teaching me this– strong willed and motivated, I feel that I have a more inherent understanding of what it means […]

Dear Stranger in a Public Place: Why do You Offer Commentary on What Children Do? 

Standing in line to buy groceries, a friendly woman approaches me, reaching her thin hand out to pat my 2 year old on the arm, “what a good little boy, so quiet and so cooperative.” I am unaware of a study that has mapped this, but I would venture to say that, aside from pregnant […]

A Mindfulness Practice to Help a Child Calm Down 

When a child becomes unhinged and reactive– angry, sad, incapable of listening, overly physical with a peer or sibling, he/she usually needs a tool to calm down. Physical gestures can support your child to calm down and cope with intense emotions. Remember, too, that children need emotional release. You want them to learn to release […]

Riverstone Meditation:A Mindfulness Practice for Children 

My oldest son sometimes has difficulty going to sleep. Over time, I found that he tends to get himself caught up in thoughts at bedtime. I created this meditation for him. We adapt it each time a bit– if he is afraid, or having a recurring thought, we might insert a specific reference to that […]

Teaching Children to Stop, Breath, and Listen 

Integrating a mantra or phrase, such as “stop, breath, listen” into your child’s life can support them to develop tools to navigate their own emotions in moments of conflict, confusion, or emotional overwhelm. As they develop an understanding of the three parts, you can use the phrase to redirect your younger child in challenging moments. […]

Yoga, Asana and Practice: Attending to the heart 

Six years ago I was pregnant with my first son. I had been studying Iyengar yoga intensely for several years. During the pregnancy I completed my training with Patricia Walden. Being pregnant meant that going up for certification in the Iyengar system when finished, wasn’t possible. My birth had some complications and my asana practice […]

Larger than this: ballads, liver donations, and story 

This morning I was listening to a favorite song, “When the Roses Bloom Again”— an old ballad sort of song about a solider going off to war. He promises to return to his sweetheart when the roses bloom again, but is killed. As he’s dying, he requests/promises/ wishes to be with her again someday. I […]

Apples, Halloween lights and Donuts: Love is the in Details 

Yesterday I peeled a bushel of apples. I made apple butter in the crock pot, apple coffee cake, savory apple turnovers. The house smelled of caramelized onions, apples, cinnamon and allspice. The air from outside, as my husband and almost 4 year old came in and out smelled of cooler air that somehow carries less […]

Curiousity, Monkeys, and Children: The Measure & Value of Play 

This morning, as most mornings, my 3.6 year old popped into my room and into my bed. After snuggling with his little brother, and tossing him enthusiastically from his belly where he had hoisted him to hug and bounce and sort of toss him around, he jumped out of bed and headed straight to work. […]