The Truth About Santa

The truth about Santa

I believe in magic. I see it around me, I talk about it all the time, and we are a family that is comfortable discussing our latest encounter with fairies. Christmas, I think, is one of the most magical times of the year, because even for the ones who don’t necessarily believe in magic, there…

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Holiday Guide for a Mindful Family

Holiday guide for the mindful family

This past year, inspired by Marie Kondo and Allie Casazza, I embarked on a journey of reviewing first our possessions (toys, clothes, STUFF I WOULD TRIP OVER DAILY) and then my habits and my narrative around acquiring or storing more of the above-said stuff. I went through everything in our home, based on two questions:…

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The Biggest Lesson of My 36th Year

The biggest lesson of my 36th year

I started this article by making a list of 36 of my favorite things, most of which stepped into my life only in this past year, but when I started editing, it didn’t feel right. And I wanted to go a bit deeper than just some surface highlights. With each passing year, I envision my…

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11 Best Children Books

Best Children Books

Every time I’m faced with the unknown, I look for answers in books. For me, reading is a humbling practice. I think of how somebody else experienced a similar issue and had the generosity to share or dared to explore such topics publicly, or how they veiled a profound concern into a story that can…

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Do You Encourage Your Kids to Believe in Magic?

Do you encourage your kids to believe in magic?

It was the winter of 1989, and the communism was on the verge of collapse. Public protests erupted in many cities around my country. The army got involved, and there were a couple of days of not going outside. For us, kids, this was the worst thing that could happen, mainly because a thick layer…

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Managing Tears

Managing tears

There is one sure thing about children that I can tell you right now: THERE WILL BE TEARS At first, their cries will point towards physiological needs: Hunger Tiredness Physical discomfort related to temperature, pain, or how full their diaper is. As their emotional selves grow, so does the complexity of reasons why tears are…

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Should You Have More Kids?

Should I have more kids?

Our family reached a smooth patch when my first child was 18 months old. She was sleeping all night, became more verbal and independent, and the emotional meltdowns haven’t started yet in full swing. This was when my husband and I sat down for the first time to discuss the possibility of having another child.…

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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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