adjusting to change

The Emotional Side of Potty Training

Ugh, potty training.  Am I right?  It can be so challenging, so stressful.  For you AND for your little one.  I want to help you get through potty training a little more pleasantly (Is pleasant potty training a thing?  OK, maybe not.  But let’s at least make it a little less torturous, shall we?)

There are a lot of good articles all over the internet on HOW to potty train your child, so I’m not going to spend time saying the same things many experts have already done.  My aim here instead is to take into account the big emotions you and your child will likely be feeling during this process so that you can get through it calmly and with empathy.

Shifts & Starts: 3 Major Times Our Little Ones Change Up Our Routines

I don’t know about you, but lately, my Facebook newsfeed is filled with adorable first-day-of-school photos.  I love it.  You can see the anticipation in their little faces and I completely understand what those moms and dads posting them must be feeling.

This time of year always makes me a bit reflective about transitions.  And I can’t help but think about how parenthood is constantly insisting we grow right along with our kids.

Catherine O'Brien featured in PsychCentral's "Mothering Lessons" Article

Motherhood has a way of catalyzing change and growth.  It's like the one great equalizer:  Motherhood doesn't care if you're a so-called "expert" or not.  We ALL struggle.  And we all acquire our own set of mothering wisdom to share. 

This week, I had the pleasure of being featured on PsychCentral's article, "Women Reveal the Biggest Lessons Mothering Has Taught Them."  I'd love it if you'd check it out.  Then, share your own wise mothering lessons in the comments!

1st Grade?? How did THAT happen?

1st Grade??  How did THAT happen?

Life transitions seems to be happening everywhere.  I have friends who kids are off to college, someone I know is getting ready for retirement, some are welcoming new job positions, new babies, a new sibling added to the the mix.  And then, there is the new school year.  So many kids have already started.  My son started back 2 weeks ago, but this week is is first full week--he's in 1st grade.  1ST GRADE!!!!!!  How in the world is that even possible?

Children & Change: What our kids can teach us about resilience and fun

Children & Change: What our kids can teach us about resilience and fun

Our family is facing a big change ahead, but why can't I roll with it as easily as my kids do?   Read on to see my kids teach me an important lesson in going with the flow.