On a recent family vacation to Disney World, I found myself sitting in a black motorcycle seat, pressed forward against a chest restraint, legs locked into place, about to enter into the motion simulated, virtual reality world of an Avatar ride.  I am generally apprehensive about any ride that makes me feel terrified or motion

The Love Of A Child

Last week, I returned home from work to find my kids excitedly scurrying around the kitchen.  On the counter lay cupcakes in a flower pattern, with four candles lit in celebration of my birthday.  They had created an array of colorful handmade cards and paintings.  My daughter had used her hard earned money to buy

Noticing Time

It is 10:05 pm on Wednesday night.  Within these four walls, my children sleep.  I write and dream and read and eat chocolate chip cookies, and soon, I will sleep.  Outside of these four walls, it feels like chaos is erupting. The days are spent trying to understand what type of impact I can have.

Turning Ten

Dear Lakshmi, Today, you turn ten years old.  You are turning a corner, a decade of life, moving into the double digits.  I can’t believe it.  Time has flown by, and somehow in the blink of an eye, you have evolved into a conscious, aware human being, one with a personality and a voice, with

My New Year’s Resolution

As I write this, the clock reads 11:37 pm, and it is Friday night.  I am sitting in my darkened bedroom, typing as quietly as possible (if that is even a thing), while three dogs snore loudly around me.  My husband is asleep beside me.  My children have friends sleeping over, and I can hear

The Three Words Every Child Should Hear

I have been hearing whispers of the same emotion all around me these days.  A dear, dear friend, going through a terrible break up, speaks of how fundamentally awful and unlovable she really is.  A blind patient, struggling her way through vocational training, tells me how biased I am when I commend her determination.  If

Falling Asleep

Tonight, I laid down with my son to put him to sleep.  We don’t often do this, but tonight was somehow different.  I laid down next to him, and rubbed his back. “Can you stay until I fall asleep?,” he asked. “Well…I can stay for a few more minutes.  But then I have to go

Raising A Grateful Generation

This month, I was fortunate to serve as guest parenting editor of City Life Magazine, a lifestyle magazine that is distributed throughout Canada and the US.  I was asked to write a short article on how we as parents can help encourage gratitude in our children.  I wanted to share the article here for my

The Eyes of a Child

My patient shifted around on the couch, frustrated and upset.  She was speaking of a conversation she had recently shared with her father.  My patient had finally managed to complete and submit a job application, and had eagerly shared the good news with her parents. “And then do you know what he told me?”  Tears

The Laundry and the Vacuuming

For today’s Mindful Monday post, I would like to reflect on the beauty of the ordinary moment. Life, and all of our memories, are built of ordinary moments.  Perhaps there is the occasional spontaneous road trip or epic birthday celebration…but for the most part, our days are filled with the routines of school, work, commutes,

The Truth About My Mindful Parenting

This article first appeared on Huffington Post on March 19, 2015.   One of the occupational hazards associated with writing numerous articles and a children’s book about mindfulness and parenting is that people expect you to be a mindful parent. They expect your children to be mindful children. You might think, on any given day,

How Do We Let Our Kids Be Who They Are?

This article first appeared on OC Moms Magazine on March 21, 2015.   As parents, we have endless hopes and dreams for our children.  We hope first and foremost that they are safe and healthy.  We hope that they are happy.  We hope their hearts don’t get broken.  We wish them work that they are

Five Steps To Encourage Gratitude in our Children

My brain knows that gratitude is important. I know when I am in a state of gratitude–aware of my blessings, small and big, I feel happier and less alone. I feel more connected to the people around me, and my life experiences. I feel in my body a life force greater than myself. But my

An Open Letter to my Children

Dear Son, Today is your seventh birthday. I write this letter to both you and your sister, as to me, you are both mirror images of each other….

‘Teaching’ Kids Mindfulness

Can we actually teach our children how to be mindful? Or are we just trying to preserve the inherent consciousness that they already…

The Gift of Time

I often wonder about how we can best nurture our children. What will our children remember most about their childhoods? Will it be the lessons that I tried to impart to them about being a “good” person? Will it be what I formally taught them in terms of their academics and proper study habits? Will