Hunting for Beauty

The measure of your life is the amount of beauty and happiness of which you are aware.      – Agnes Martin As I was rushing out the door today, I noticed my clematis had bloomed. It was in the shape of a heart. Sometimes I play a game with myself, looking for messages in nature … More Hunting for Beauty

Never Stop Advocating for Your Kids… or Being Kind to Yourself

Last week a mom posted a powerful video about her frustrating IEP meeting. Parked in front of a CVS with her camera on the dash, she gave the world a peek into a very personal and agonizing moment. Through tears and deep breaths, comedian Dena Blizzard expressed her anger, sadness, and sense of powerlessness in … More Never Stop Advocating for Your Kids… or Being Kind to Yourself

New Year’s Resolution: Let’s Go with Ridiculously Simple

I’ve never been a big New Year’s Resolution fan. How many times have you decided to get in shape or spend more time with friends, only to have your motivation fizzle out after a few weeks? Science shows that the real reason we fail is not for lack of trying, but because it’s super hard … More New Year’s Resolution: Let’s Go with Ridiculously Simple

Does the Concept of Self-Care Make You Cringe?

“You should really take care of yourself…” “Put your own oxygen mask on first…” We hear advice like this all the time, but many of us choose to dismiss it, or cringe, or rebel. What makes self-care such a turn-off? “Indulgent” I’ve been casually surveying parents of children who struggle (with anything that requires extra … More Does the Concept of Self-Care Make You Cringe?

Have We Been Brainwashed to Sacrifice Ourselves?

Shattering Self-Care Myths A few years ago, I went to a workshop for parents of children who face developmental, behavioral, and mental health challenges. The topic was “How to Be an Effective Advocate”, but near the end of the session, the leader said she wanted to take some time to discuss self-care. As she began … More Have We Been Brainwashed to Sacrifice Ourselves?