Mommy Mondays

Mommy Mondays: The No-Guilt iPhone-Wielding Parent

July 13, 2014
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My phone is a pretty constant presence in my hand. I use it to check email, take pictures, share pics to Instagram, post updates on Twitter and Facebook, reference my grocery list, listen to audiobooks, text, make phone calls, look up passwords, check the weather, play Words with Friends…it basically has a function in almost [...]

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Mommy Mondays: Why the Word “Good” is Bad

March 17, 2014
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I think it’s time I removed the word “good” from my parenting vocabulary.
As a therapist you learn not to use the word “good” to reinforce a client’s behavior or action as that suggests there is a “bad” way to act or behave. So why don’t I apply that same principle to parenting? Just the other day [...]

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Mommy Mondays: The Kids Are Okay

February 10, 2014
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I think the kids are doing okay. After six months apart from Daddy, a major move in the middle of the school year, and transitions to new schools, new teachers, and new friends in a new (and big) city where the majority of people speak a new (to them) language…the kids seem to be handling [...]

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Mommy Monday: 5 Strategies That Helped My Kids Survive Our Long Six-Month Transition

January 13, 2014
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During my first visit to the UU church in Miami last week, the reverend began her sermon by saying, “We have arrived!”
Given that this was the first Sunday of 2014, she was obviously talking about arriving to a new year. But my husband and I looked at each other and laughed, because her sentence meant [...]

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Mommy Mondays: Top 10 Pearls of Wisdom from Fellow Working Mommys

November 27, 2013
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I’m fresh off the national AMTA conference and still processing all the amazing moments that occured. Several of those amazing moments happened during a roundtable discussion I facilitated with good friend and music therapist Deb Layman titled “Is the Work-Life Balance a Myth?” The purpose of this presentation was to provide an opportunity for fellow music [...]

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Mommy Mondays: Top 9 Things I Didn’t Understand About Parenting Until I Became One Myself

November 4, 2013
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When I became a parent for the first time, it came with this feeling that I could empathize and have a certain kinship with all the other parents out there. It’s hard to explain what it’s like to be a parent until you become one. It’s generally not until you hold you baby for the [...]

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Mommy Mondays: Sleep, Glorious Sleep

October 22, 2013
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There are many ways I am good about taking care of myself. I exercise regularly. I eat well, lots of fruits and vegetables, not much processed or fast food. I drink moderately and when I do, it’s primarily wine. I drink lots of water. I keep my mind intellectually challenged. I read a lot. I spend time in [...]

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Mommy Mondays: Teaching Complexity to a Concrete Mind

September 23, 2013
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My 6-almost-7 year old son views the world in very concrete ways. For example, to him events in the world are either fair or not fair. If his sister is snuggling with me, then he should get to snuggle with me for the exact same amount of time . . . or it won’t be [...]

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Mommy Mondays: 9 Things I Did Right as a First-Time Mommy

September 3, 2013
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I had kids early compared with most of my friends. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but now my circle of peers are beginning to have their own children, many of them for the first time.
One advantage of this wave of new babies is that it has prompted me to reflect on [...]

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