Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Why I Run

Domestic Violence Awareness Month:  Why I Run

I am often asked why I run. Do I enjoy it? Do I actually like it? The short answer is “It’s complicated.” I was asked this about three times in the last few weeks because I just ran in and helped to organize a 5K for our local domestic violence shelter. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so I thought I would finally tackle this question head on. I am a domestic violence survivor.  In honor of this month, of my history, and the role running has played in my recovery, I thought I would share this piece of writing I wrote nearly 10 years ago as I was grappling with PTSD. This is TRULY the reason why I run. 

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5 DIY Time Hacks To Volunteer With Your Kids

5 DIY Time Hacks To Volunteer With Your Kids

Finding time to volunteer with your kids is so important.  Doing good for others is the ultimate form of gratitude and kindness.  It is the quickest way for your children to develop empathy.  And, it is an incredibly impactful way for your child to learn about the world around them.  But, the word "volunteer" scares most parents.  Why?  Well, time of course. 

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Acceptance Is Self-Care, Or Is It?

Acceptance Is Self-Care, Or Is It?

With the rise of mindfulness, there is so much needed dialogue and discussion given right now to the concept of acceptance.  Acceptance of who we are, where we are, and our current state. It is such an important form of self-care. But, lately, I’ve struggled with when to accept where I am in a given moment or to push past my comfort zone. At times, acceptance has felt like giving up. So, is acceptance self-care? Or is it just giving up?

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Kindful Connections: Connecting Through Books

Kindful Connections:  Connecting Through Books

I’m excited to introduce a new series of blog posts to share those little moments in our every day life where kindness builds connection between people, family, and friends. These are meant to be short and inspirational with the hope to inspire kindful connections in your life and in your children. Most importantly, I want to highlight and honor those moments where kindness is spread through mindful interactions with those around us building connection and relationships.

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Favor Bags Aren't So Bad After All

Favor Bags Aren't So Bad After All

We are not big gift people in our family. My husband and I believe in creating meaningful experiences and creating memories. So, the idea of favor bags drives us both a bit nutty. What is this need to give everyone a present? Birthday parties are about being together, after all. Well, this doesn’t resonate with kids so well. They LOVE presents. This year, I gave in and I was surprised by what happened.

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Reflecting On Our Summer of Kindness

Reflecting On Our Summer of Kindness

Summer is over and so is our Summer of Kindness initiative. We did 12 weeks of kindness activities for our community and it was incredible! Also, incredibly hard. But, the personal and emotional growth for both me and my children was worth every bit. Activism is becoming second nature to them. Empathy is building in them. And, I had some of the most deeply meaningful connections with them in the past few months. Read on for my most memorable moments, lessons learned, and incredible outcomes from our experience this summer.

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5 Simple Ways To Raise Kind Kids

5 Simple Ways To Raise Kind Kids

Toni Morrison’s perspective of how any human should act when a child walks in a room affected me big time. This week, I take a slightly different perspective on her deeply important advice. It’s not enough to just accept, love, and be kind to our kids. We have to SHOW them how to do this for others. Role modeling is one of the most influential ways to raise kind kids and I share 5 simple ways to do this at home. Right now.

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When A Child Walks In The Room

When A Child Walks In The Room

Tony Morrison said a now famous quote "when a child walks in a room, your child or any child, do your eyes light up?  That is what they are looking for." In so many ways, I feel this quote is at the center of raising kind kids.  Our kids need to feel love, acceptance, and kindness in order to show it to others. Once again, another example how important parents and caregivers are to raising the next generation of kids as the most kind.

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Summer of Kindness: Stuffed Animal Drive For Foster Kids

Summer of Kindness:  Stuffed Animal Drive For Foster Kids

This is it! The end of summer is here and this is our LAST Summer of Kindness activity. And, I picked a tough one. At least this one was tough for me. Talking to my kids about foster kids meant letting some air out of the safety and stability bubble I’ve built around them. Instead, my kids walked away feeling more loved and secure than ever before. This last blog has it all - the usual download, questions to ask, and 8 key tips on how to dig deep with your kids.

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Summer of Kindness: Inclusion

Summer of Kindness:  Inclusion

This week’s activity is less about a specific activity for others and more about building the “inclusion” and “acceptance” muscle in our kids, which feels especially important with the start of school. I’ve used two different scripts when talking to my kids about accepting others - one has to do with celebrating differences as truths and the other has to do with science. Yep, science. Read on, my friends!

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Kind Kids Will Travel

Kind Kids Will Travel

In our family, we have held off on much travel outside of visits to close friends and family. We have not done the destination vacations, the long drives, or the hotel experiences (outside of Disneyworld). I want to enjoy my vacation. I want to know that I can sleep, relax, and have fun - all of which seems out of reach with three young kids. But, we may have reached a turning point. My kids surprised me on our latest trip and helped me realize that we have truly built a kindness habit in our family.

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Summer of Kindness: Immigrant Advocacy

Summer of Kindness:  Immigrant Advocacy

Talking to your kids about immigrant families being separated at our border is complex and scary. The goal of this week’s activity is for kids to write letters to our government. This requires a conversation (several, in fact) about government, immigration, and advocacy. It’s a lot for little brains to handle, but done right you can watch your kids become activists right before your eyes.

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The Power of I AM

The Power of I AM

My son is like me in so many ways. The good…and the not so good. We both struggle with self-esteem and low confidence. The negative self-talk we both appear to have can be overwhelming at times, especially if we are doing something hard. I’ve found one little strategy that has completely changed how both handle our own negative self-talk and, as it turns out, how we talk to each other. This one little strategy will change your life.

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Summer of Kindness: Random Act of Kindness

Summer of Kindness:  Random Act of Kindness

There are tons of resources for completing random acts of kindness with your kids. This is not your usual approach. This activity uses The GoodCard to help kids really think about a recipient of a random act of kindness and then begin to understand the concept of paying it forward, something that’s actually difficult to explain and understand for small kids. But, the GoodCard makes it easy through technology. Read on to learn more!

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One Simple CoParenting Strategy That Changes Everything

One Simple CoParenting Strategy That Changes Everything

CoParenting is a term often used for separated or divorced parents. But, it also applies to parents who are married or committed to be together. Learning how to parent together has been one of the top challenges for my husband and me as we navigate raising our kids. After much trial and error, we have found one simple strategy that not only works, but it changed everything.

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