Category Archives: Parenthood

Using Internal Family Systems parts-work with an overwhelmed parent!

I’ve been studying Internal Family Systems (a modality developed by Richard Swartz) lately. Today I decided to practice this new parts work on myself, to help get to the bottom of a familiar (and unhelpful) reaction in myself. What follows … Continue reading

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Mindfulness tools for everyday sanity

Amidst the stresses of daily life it’s all too easy to get caught on the hamster wheel of activities and forget to get off. We can get hijacked by stress and loose the capacity to think clearly. Here I share what … Continue reading

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What do parents need? Results from my survey

In February 2018 I asked Hamilton-area parents of children aged 0-12yrs  these questions: How would you describe the kind of social and emotional support you have for being a parent / caregiver? What’s going well? What’s missing? If there were … Continue reading

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Finding peace this holiday season

Concerned about the holidays? You’re not alone. Clients are coming in thick and fast with a range of holiday concerns these days. It’s a topic I’ve written extensively on, so here’s a little overview of what I can offer:  Finding Your … Continue reading

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Press release: book on motherhood available for pre-order!

I’m excited, proud and slightly nervous to announce that my first peer-reviewed article will be published soon!  My article is called “Navigating the Waters of Early Motherhood: Somatic Awareness, Creative Expression, and Being Held”.  It is intended in part to … Continue reading

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Announcing the launch of The Moving Child documentary

On a personal and professional level I’m delighted to tell you about this film, made by my good friend and colleague Hana Kamea Kemble. My husband, son and I were filmed for the documentary over a number of years, beginning when … Continue reading

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Chicken dance wisdom

How do we change habitual unhelpful reactions? Or in simpler language, how do we change habits? I’ve been exploring possible approaches in a hands-on fashion. Here’s a story of (momentary) personal triumph that might appeal especially to parents of young children. … Continue reading

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Interpersonal conflict? Try this.

Interpersonal conflict is inevitable in life. How we deal with it – both within ourselves and in communication with the other, can take us on very different paths.  Exploring our reactiveness can: help us understand ourselves more deeply find compassion for ourselves and … Continue reading

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Supporting the modern parent

“Baby’s are so precious” is a mindset that seems so ubiquitous, instinctive and ageless. But not so, as a book I’m enjoying called All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting points out. Author Jennifer Senior notes that it wasn’t … Continue reading

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Anger and Parenting: Stigma or Opportunity?

It’s so normal to have your buttons pushed and feel angry on the journey of parenting – especially in the demanding early years. I will focus on those early years here, but the information may be more widely applicable too. This article … Continue reading

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