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Showers to Flowers: Consistency and Perseverance will Yield Results

By christina / May 23, 2022

We are humans. We all struggle. Sometimes we struggle to find a balance before we even have children, let alone when we add another beautiful human being (or 2, 3, 4 or more) to our already challenging world. Sometimes we even KNOW what we “need to do”, in order to grow as human-beings and parents (because you still ARE your own person!). Maybe making a schedule, following routines, being consistent, daily to-do lists, miracle mornings (when you wake up before the kids to focus on you), instilling good habits, peaceful parenting, self- education, self- care, etc. But that is SO much easier said than done. Life throws us curveballs, all of the time. It is so easy to start these habits with high hopes to blossom and grow as a family; but it’s also very easy to feel defeated when challenges arise, your routine gets thrown off, or your plan isn’t successful. This same concept can be applied to any part of your life. How do we solve this? Is there a solution? How do we start to feel like we “have it together” or are headed in the right direction? Where do we begin to lose the self-doubt, build our confidence, and start to SEE RESULTS (physically, emotionally, and mentally)? “Keep it Simple”– my grandmother’s best advice that has been a philosophy of mine my entire life. Let’s make our plan, that will allow our trials to lead to triumphs, more relatable- more simple: let’s talk gardening! We will learn how to seek nourishment, learn to grow and blossom, but also build a sustainable environment that supports our growth.

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All Around Town: Teaching & Sharing a Sense of Community Connection with Children

By christina / April 19, 2022

Over the past couple of years, many of us have stayed home more than usual. As it becomes more comfortable to “get back out there,” we find ourselves going more places, seeing more faces, and reconnecting with those in our communities.

But what does community mean to you? And what do we want children to learn about community?

For many people, different points along the timeline of the pandemic may have strengthened or strained our sense of connectedness in our communities. The definition and meaning of community resonates in different ways to different people. Many may define community by the physical boundaries of a town or zip code, but whether you live in an urban, rural, or suburban area, community means so much more than proximity to others or lines on a map. Its meaning often includes a collective sense of belonging in an area that shares common cultural characteristics, social values, an identity, fellowship with others, and resources that support the needs of its inhabitants.

So let’s facilitate a warm, child-friendly, RE-acquaintance with our communities as we emerge from hibernation and move All Around Town.

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Emerging from Hibernation: Awakening the Senses to New Days, Seasons, and Experiences

By christina / March 16, 2022

We are all sensory creatures! We all have our unique sensory preferences and avoidances. We may frame our thinking about many of our likes and dislikes in different ways, but we all have certain sensory input that helps to calm or alert our neurological systems. Consider how the aroma and taste of a tall cup o’ joe in the morning might help to jumpstart your day, while a few minutes with the sounds & imagery on a mindfulness app after a long day with your toddler or an anxiety-provoking medical appointment might help to soothe your frayed emotions. Learning healthy sensory strategies that support our daily function and emotional regulation can be a process that we are often still working to discover and tweak well into our adulthoods. So it would be understandable that our little ones need extra help and support as they encounter new days, new seasons, and new experiences.
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Feel the Love: How to Talk to My Child about Therapy

By christina / February 3, 2022

We all go through phases and life seasons where we need extra help and support. But asking for help…especially for many of us stubborn adults (myself included)… can be difficult. Often times the biggest hurdles are the initial ones. Acknowledging the need for help, and taking the first few steps to seek out and initiate asking for help can be the hardest.

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