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A question we might ask ourselves is….
“IS THIS WHAT I WANT TO BE DOING?”
Assess what you’re feeling and ask yourself many times every day if you like what you're doing. If the answer is no, start noticing what you'd prefer. Thus begins the revolution.
Parenting is a 24-hour a day job that is particularly amped up during the school year, when keeping track of tight schedules, homework, practices, and more.
Now that it’s summer, some moms are deciding to simply let a few things slide…
And that's okay!
Summer on the seacoast is glorious! It’s also a time when friends and family come to visit us and the beautiful area we call home.
A few tips on how to stay relaxed and enjoy yourself when hosting overnight guests this summer…
On your mark….
But it’s the holidays!!
Sure, you can do anything, but do you really have to do everything??
With a few small changes, it is possible to have a holiday experience filled with joy and cheer —
But taking care of yourself is the first step!
Here are a few quick ways to take care of YOURSELF this holiday season...
1. Set boundaries with others — and yourself. Instead of thinking you have to do everything, could someone else pitch in?
2. Give yourself a break. Even 15 minutes curled up in a blanket with a hot cup of tea could give you just the recharge you need.
3. Be grateful. Directing more attention toward gratitude for the things that make your life wonderful is scientifically proven to make you healthier, more energetic, less anxious, and sleep better.
4. Breathe. Here is a quick meditation you can do in an instant. When you’re feeling stressed, breathe in as slowly as possible while thinking "I am". Then exhale just as slowly, and think "at peace”. Repeat as needed until the tension starts to melt—which likely won't take long.
And here are some more ideas…
30 Simple Ways to Take Care of Yourself Over the Holidays
Wishing you a very happy holiday season!
Are you noticing a shift in the personality or behavior of your tween or young teen?
Could you use help communicating and setting boundaries?
Could you use help communicating and setting boundaries?
SUPPORT GROUPS FOR PARENTS OF MIDDLE SCHOOLERS!
Parenting a middle schooler can be overwhelming at times and it can be easy to get discouraged. Please know there is hope and support and many practical strategies to help you parent in healthy relationship with your child.
This group will be a place to connect with others, gain support and ideas, and learn practical skills to help you navigate this
ever-changing developmental stage.
Why feel isolated and alone when you don’t have to?
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Portsmouth Library Conference Room, 2nd floor
Space is limited and sign up is required.
Please email your reservation by Wednesday, October 4.
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Please note: Dates and times (day or evening) of future group meetings will be determined by schedules of the majority.
Where do you get that great sense of style? Your natural wit? The ability to cook and welcome people into your home with such ease?
Without thinking much about it, we pick up a lot from our moms and are likely raising our children with some of her same traits and values.
And every single day, we pass down our own thoughts, ideals, and quirks to our children while nurturing and guiding them.
Whether it’s your sense of humor, moral code, generous spirit, warm smile, or downright good looks…..your children reap the benefits of you being YOU!
Happy Mother’s Day!!
What does it mean to "give flowers to the living"?
When someone passes, we traditionally send flowers or share what we particularly cherished about that person - her greatest qualities, unique gifts, the way she made people feel, a special moment shared. It’s lovely.
But do you ever wonder if the person who passed knew how deeply treasured she was when she was alive?
Why wait to share with someone how great you think they are… how kind and thoughtful they are to their neighbors? How much you appreciate their friendship? How good they make you feel when you’re having a rough day? These are the ‘flowers’ we can give to people in our lives today and every day!
Ever since I heard this saying several years ago, I have been inspired to notice more of the positives I see around me in the many wonderful people living, working, and playing in our town…and then, I try to remember to tell them.
If you think something positive about another person, why not say it? We each have the opportunity to genuinely bring joy to someone’s day - extend a sincere compliment, express gratitude, or simply give someone a needed boost. After all, April showers do…bring May flowers!
When we think of Valentine’s Day, we tend to think of romantic relationships, but love is at the root of EVERY relationship!Read More