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Uncomfortable Reflection, and Why It Works

Uncomfortable Reflection, and Why It Works

Most reflection tools start with two basic questions: What’s working (or “what’s going well?” or “where are you finding joy/success/strength?”). What’s not working (or “where is there struggle/discomfort?” or “what do you want to change” or “what do you want less of?”) These questions are fine. But there is an assumption in these questions. The… Continue Reading

The HEART of Routines for Kids and Parents

The HEART of Routines for Kids and Parents

A routine is simply a sequence of actions that happen on a regular basis. Routines are not inherently “good” or “bad.” The real question is, are they serving our purpose and or child’s needs. When you want to build a routine that serves you and your family, you don’t start with a schedule. You start… Continue Reading

What Leaning in and Leaning Out REALLY Looks Like

What Leaning in and Leaning Out REALLY Looks Like

We all spend plenty of time thinking about what we should be doing. Ever since Sheryl Sandberg came out with her book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead I’ve been using the language of “leaning in“ and “leaning out” to describe various points in my career. And most of the time I… Continue Reading

4 “Dont’s” for the Transition to Kindergarten

4 “Dont’s” for the Transition to Kindergarten

In fall, my daughter will start kindergarten. And, although it is currently May, my husband, her teacher, and I have a constant dialogue going all about September and the start of kindergarten. September seems both so far away and so close. I anticipate this transition from preschool to kindergarten to be, how shall we say… Continue Reading

Forget Time Management. Manage Attention Instead.

Forget Time Management. Manage Attention Instead.

Time management tools are fun and all. But I think part of their allure is that they make it seem like, with enough “hacks” and willpower we can truly “make” more time. I’ve got some hard news. No matter your hack or willpower status, we all still have 24 hours in the day. In our… Continue Reading

Mindful Mama: The Practice of Being Myself

Mindful Mama: The Practice of Being Myself

Lee Lee Thompson is a writer, mother of two, and editor of The Perpetual You. This post is the second in her series about mindful motherhood that she is graciously sharing with the Create Balance Community. You can read part 1: Mindful Mama: The Moment I Became Okay here Mindful Mama: The Practice of Being… Continue Reading

How to be the parent I want to be, even at my worst

How to be the parent I want to be, even at my worst

Last night I led a parenting workshop, and we were discussing what “cues” lead us to make parenting decisions we regret or find ineffective. Specifically, we were talking about what we want to say or do with our child when things get tough, and what might lead us to less-than-ideal reactions as parents. One of… Continue Reading

Batching: a tool for meal prep and so much more!

Batching: a tool for meal prep and so much more!

In a world that demands more, more, and more from us, it’s important to look at the other side of that equation. Sometimes we need to do less. When I’m feeling overwhelmed, overworked, or over-scheduled, I look at where my time and energy is going. And I usually find that I’m spending quite a bit… Continue Reading

Mindful Mama: The Moment I Became Okay

Mindful Mama: The Moment I Became Okay

Lee Lee Thompson is a writer, mother of two, and editor of The Perpetual You. This post is the first in a series of writing about motherhood that she is graciously sharing with the Create Balance Community. Mindful Mama: The Moment I Became Okay I remember the moment like it was last night. My second… Continue Reading

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