The 6 Most Unproductive Morning Habits

unproductive morning habits

The purpose of waking up before anybody else decides it for you is to use this time in silence and intention. You need to do things that otherwise are difficult to achieve when the kids or other family members are around, asking for your attention, time or cooperation. It’s the time to do what you…

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What to Do When the Kids Get Angry

What to Do When the Kids Get Angry

I was raised in a culture where strong emotions were a difficult topic. When we were enjoying ourselves and laughed hysterically, we heard things like “Laughing now, crying later.” It looked like it was hard in those times to fully experience joy. Equally uncomfortable seemed to be anger. When powerfully reacting to hurt or unfairness…

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Waking Up Early

5 mistakes to avoid when waking up early

It takes a lot of self-awareness and discipline to be purposeful with our time. Even though we are all saying “years are passing by so fast” and “holding my newborn child who is now a tween seems like yesterday,” many of the things we do every day are counter to the knowledge that time is…

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7 Tips to Become More Productive in the Morning

How to Become More Productive in the Morning

Mornings are my sacred personal time. This summer I temporarily lost and re-found my morning groove. It’s been a fantastic lesson in how necessary it is to be mindful about what’s ok and what’s not ok. My default base recipe for a good day starts with what I found to be the minimum dose of…

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Back to school morning routine for three children

Back to school morning routine for three children

Now that school has been on for more than a month, I can safely say that we re-found our morning groove. The first days (and even couple of weeks) were slow. I had to wake-up the kids from their sleep, which is a sure way to face grumpiness. Then I had to explain and direct…

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What Happened When I Lost My Morning Practice

What happened when I lost my morning practice

Over these five years of motherhood, I became a morning person. I was a hard-core night owl in my 20s. It was an awesome ride! But it became unsustainable when I discovered that children operate on an early morning program. These days, morning silence is a required ingredient, so I can function properly and be…

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Starting School for the First Time – Survival Guide for Moms

Starting school for the first time - survival guide for moms

This year, all my three kids started school for the first time. The bipolar feelings this event surfaced in me were unpredictable. Because we live in a world of so many options and also because we see so much division and judgment between the people who choose conventional, homeschooling or alternative forms of education, having…

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Why “enjoy every moment, it goes so fast!” is a trap

enjoy every moment, it goes so fast!

How many times do we get well-meaning people saying to us something along these lines: “A baby! Wow! Enjoy every minute; it goes so fast!” or “A first-grader! Wow! Real life is just starting! Enjoy them now; they will be grown before you know it!” or “Summer holiday! Enjoy every day of it; you only…

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How to Teach Toddlers Gratitude

Teaching toddlers gratitude

For the past year, I embraced a daily gratitude practice. It is one of the first things I do every day, together with silence, meditation, and drinking my tea. I consider myself much happier with my life now than I was last year. My outside circumstances didn’t change much, but my perception of the events…

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Why is it so hard to hear “You are a good mom!”

Why is it so hard to hear "You are a good mom?"

We all discuss the impact that negative comments have on our happiness level or well-being. We know all too well that those hurtful remarks directed towards performance, appearance or conduct, slowly crack our spirit. But we are struggling equally hard to allow positive feedback. Last week, I was sitting in a cafe next to my…

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Bedtime Routine for a Busy Mom of Three Small Kids

Evening routine for a busy mom of three small kids

Last week I shared with you the bedtime routine our family has in place for our three small children (5 and 3-year-olds). I’ve received a lot of questions about that, and I will address them all in a future article. Today, however, I want to talk to you about my evening routine. Just as my…

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Bedtime Routine for Three Kids Under Five

Bedtime Routine for Three Kids Under Five

I’m known as the “morning mom.” When people ask me questions related to routines, habits, and recipes for success, they always ask about what happens in the morning. But a successful morning starts the night before and the evening routine is an equally important ingredient to consider. Today I will talk about the evening routine…

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The Sharing Debate

The Sharing Debate

Let me tell you the tale of the park! The scene is pretty much the same in all parks around the world: the kids are given something to do and encouraged to play together while the moms gather in small groups on the margins and fences of the playing perimeter and talk invariably about the…

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The First Step in Becoming an Intentional Mom

Intentional Mom

If you look back at yesterday, what is it that you remember? For every single one of, busy mamas of tiny humans, there is a daily dance of repetitive selfless actions: wipe bottoms, roll socks up, cut crusts off, refill water bottles, tidy the toys, dry tears, make dinner, strap seat belts, search for the…

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How to Become a Self-Compassionate Mom

How to become a self-compassionate mom

There will be many things you will mess up. You will say many things you didn’t really want to say. You will do many things that you didn’t really want to do. There will be many people you will disappoint, knowingly or unknowingly. Including yourself. A self-compassionate stance helps us navigate the times when we…

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How to Stop a Tantrum

How to Stop a Tantrum

My babies are two years and ten months now. And in the past couple of weeks, I have noticed an increase in their unreasonableness. Not that toddlers should be reasonable. Not at all. But lately, what I understood from their behavior is this: Their soul is growing much faster than their brains. Here is how…

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Decision Fatigue – Mom Edition

Decision Fatigue - Mom Edition

I recently came across the phrase “decision fatigue” – an entirely new concept for me. Intrigued by this term that sounded like a mixture of exotic psychology and a slight gut recognition, I went researching the meaning and implications of decision fatigue. I was astonished to not only identify one of the most reasonable explanation…

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The Longest Stillness

The longest stillness Magical Mom

Last night my daughter resisted with all her strength going to sleep. Just because it was a school night and I forgot about the RULE and actually reminded her of the TRUTH (this normally never happens, cause she does only the complete opposite of whatever I say). So I said that we must go to…

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Write Your Own Birth Story

Write your own birth story

Very few of us get to experience the birth of our baby exactly how we imagined we would have it. High expectations, anticipation, and preconceptions are present in each one of us, modern women connected to the internet and reading blogs about other people’s birth stories. And while I deeply believe that any shared experience…

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You will Not Have the Children You Wanted to Have

You will not have the kids you wanted

You will not get pregnant at the exact time you wanted to. Your child will not be born under the star sign you wish he had. Some of us will get pregnant after a one-night stand, some through IVF; some will make love and then keep their feet up the wall while others will transform…

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