Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Like waking into a very deep and dark nightmare, it seems many of us are opening our eyes to things we have long ignored. Living a wasteful, toxic lifestyle suddenly came back with the force of a storm we could never have imagined. Years of increasingly lax gun control legislation and rising rates of mental illness and pharmaceutical treatments brought us to a cliff we had never imagine looking down. And, in an instant, we fell.
There is no going back. There is no silver lining. There is destruction and fear. We are terrified with each and every passing day. Malls, movie theaters, restaurants, and schools are no longer safe. Our homes, our lives, our property can no longer be protected from the dangers around us. And we - each and every one of us - bear responsibility.
We can draw into ourselves. Focus on appreciation and gratitude for what we have and for what has not touched us personally. Or we can realize that we are one and that what has already happened has changed our lives forever. We can stand up and take action. We need involvement and we need community. We need to personally take action. We need to contact our government officials and take a stand. We need to actively engage in our local communities. We need to get involved in protecting our future. We NEED to change our lifestyles, to make sacrifices, to give of ourselves. Simply sharing a post on Facebook or Tweeting something into the universe will not change it. Only real, live action will.
Will these tragedies move you to live differently? Will you engage or retract? Will you drive deeper into a disconnected or virtual world or will you engage? The more we busy ourselves with distractions, the bigger our problems grow. We are all responsible. And we all need to act. Together.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
"Organics No Better." "Save Your Cash: Organic Food is Not Healthier."
You've seen the headlines. You've heard the stories. The media is notorious for asserting that the claims about organics are not valid because they are not backed up by science. So it's time to listen up: a study by University of California, Davis scientists being published in the journal Environmental Health is here to tell you differently. Let's cut to the chase:
"Based on the dietary data we collected for different age groups, potential exposure to environmental toxins through the food consumption route is a real and significant concern particularly for children in their preschool and primary years, with a high proportion of this age group estimated to exceed benchmark levels for a number of contaminants with known effect on health."
Let's sit down and read that again. "Real and significant concern" and "exceed benchmark levels for a number of contaminants" should jump out at you. So, let us look at the study: Researchers examined exposure to multiple food contaminants among groups of children ages 2-4 and 5-7 years old and older adults. They looked at 11 toxic compounds: acrylamide, arsenic, lead, mercury, chlorpyrifos, permethrin, endosulfan, dieldrin, chlordane, DDE, and dioxin. The toxic compounds were assessed for cancer benchmark levels to determine exposure levels among children. And here's where things get scary: "cancer benchmark levels were exceeded by all children (100%) for arsenic, dieldrin, DDE, and dioxins. Non-benchmarks were exceeded by >95% of preschool-age children for acrylamide and by 10% of preschool-age children for mercury."
How on earth are our children becoming so toxic? Study researchers argue that "food may be the primary route of exposure to contaminants from multiple chemical classes such as metals (mercury, lead, arsenic), persistent organic pollutants (POPs) (dioxin, DDT, dieldrin, chlordane), and pesticides (chlorpyrifos, permethrin, endosulfan)." Our chemical-laden food supply means that there is no mysterious agent poisoning our children, it is on their plates, in their lunchboxes, at OUR dinner tables. And the exposure to these environmental toxins have been linked to "cancer, asthma, lead poisoning, neurobehavioral disorders, learning and developmental disabilities, and birth defects."
What foods are the greatest offenders? The study cites conventionally produced "tomatoes, peaches, apples, peppers, grapes, lettuce, broccoli, strawberries, spinach, dairy, pears, green beans, and celery." The study's researchers also recommend "consuming organically produced dairy and selected fruits and vegetables to reduce pesticide intake, consuming less animal foods (meat, dairy, and fish) to reduce intake of persistent organic pollutants and metals, and consuming lower quantities of chips, cereals, crackers, and other processed carbohydrate foods to reduce acrylamide intake."
Those are some strong words and some sage advice from scientists, including a professor of Public Health and a professor of Epidemiology. No science to support why our kids should eat organic? The next time you hear that, be sure to ask the messenger to check their sources.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The devastation of recent storms and global warming have finally resonated with many Americans that the planet is in bad shape. Our over-consumption and lack of concern for pollutants and chemicals in the environment are starting to set off some red flags for large sectors of our population.
But an equally dangerous climate change of sorts is happening within our own bodies. The chemicals in our environment from not only our air and water, but from our food, our cleaning products, our personal care items, our furniture, our homes, and everything around us, is polluting our bodies with dire consequences for the future. From GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in our food to plastics and toxins in our homes, we are creating an internal environment that endangers not only us, but future generations.
A recent study published by Brown University researchers found that "more than half of women of childbearing age had median or higher levels of at least two of three pollutants that could harm [fetal] brain development." Known pollutants such as mercury, lead, and PCBs are finding their way into our blood streams through our food and our households. For women of childbearing years, the accumulation of toxins grows with age and the exposure for our children in the womb is on the rise. "We carry a history of our environmental exposures throughout our lives," warns the study's lead author Dr. Marcella Thompson.
But at what critical point do we start to heed these warnings? Hurricane Sandy wrought mass destruction here on the East Coast and opened many eyes to the overwhelming power of nature and the dangers of global warming. We should already be noting, with alarm, the growing rates of autism, allergies, learning disorders, and chronic health issues among our children. The statistics are alarming, but we continue to muddle through. Those on the front lines, many of us moms, are the ones who are starting to stand up and fight to protect our children and to heal our future. I continue to believe that it is moms who will make the real difference in our toxic world, I can only hope that our actions will hold the urgency that they truly require.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
This week, I have a stress hangover. And, as a parent, I bet you know exactly what I'm talking about. It's easy to get overwhelmed with stress when you have kids to juggle, a lack of sleep, and very little balance in your life. Add to that a few other challenges and BAM! it hits you.
October was a busy month for Holistic Moms, with our Natural Living Conference, Holistic Living Month, HMNRaising Auction and so much more. On the heels of all of the busy-ness, Frankenstorm Sandy decided to pay us a visit. The storm tore down trees and power lines, took lives and homes, and devastated the Northeast. We had no power, heat, internet, or phone for nine days and a fire in our home in the middle of it all. But we got off easy. Still, waiting on hours-long gas lines, searching supermarkets for food, and generally trying to stay warm maxed us all out. And then the blizzard hit, dropping more than six inches of snow on top of it all. And then the kids got sick with hacking coughs and colds. And then, for a little added bonus, one of our dogs had a Lyme disease relapse, complete with paralysis and tremors. Let's not even talk about work and our offices being closed for more than a week, please.
You know when people say that stress is bad for you? They're not kidding! I don't even need a night of partying and drinking to feel this bad. So how to we find our way through when the stress starts to pile higher than we had ever imagined? For me, it starts with being present. Present in the moment that is. I have spent many nights of late lying in bed awake, my mind racing with the stress of all that has happened and how to make it through. But bringing my mind to the present, to the moment, and to all that we have to be grateful for here and now immediately creates a sense of calm. Being present and in gratitude helps me to breathe and be still. And that is the first step in restoring balance amid the chaos.
Stressful times call for nurturing. Your desire to curl up in bed, drink a hot cup of tea, or create a quiet space, are natural instincts for coping. Honor them. Find a way to rest and sleep. Nurture your body through with warming, healing foods. Drink tea and soup, as they are easy on your digestive system. Find solace in (healthy) comfort food without guilt. Boost your immune system, as stress takes its toll. Take time to give your body the support it needs. A few of my personal favorites include probiotics, fish oils, and Vitamin D. Seek out healing therapies such as chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage. And find quiet moments. Try to create still in your family to regain balance. Curl up with your kids and connect. When we ground ourselves and our families, we can pull through the challenges.
Don't dismiss those feelings of overwhelm or your own stress hangover. Embrace the sign to slow down and nurture yourself. The holiday season is almost upon us. If you stay present and nurture yourself, you might avoid the stress hangover altogether. As for your standard hangovers, try bananas and lots of fluids.
Have a stress hangover cure? Please share!
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Even miles from the shore, fallen trees and downed power lines have left millions of area residents without heat or electricity. Gas is in short supply. Looting is rampant. Price gouging imminent. It's hard to know who is safe, which way is up, where you can get help.
But Sandy has brought everyone out of their homes. With no power and no internet, with roads unsafe to drive and gas in short supply, our neighbors are out and about. They are walking down the street, viewing the damage and stopping by to say hello. Neighbors are chatting and sharing their stories. Towns are gathering together in warming and charging stations in local libraries and fire stations. People are lending a hand to help a neighbor, volunteering to boost relief and recovery efforts, and reaching out in ways that seemed all but lost. We share food and warmth, conversation and connection.
Sandy has helped us to rediscover community.
Whether standing on a coffee line one hundred people deep or charging our cell phones at a local station, people are connecting face-to-face. We are being reminded that there is great power in our in real life community. When social media goes down, our attention turns to the true source of community - real life. We share together in our struggles and ask for help from one another. And we realize that there is still power right on our streets. Not electric power. Not online networks. But the power of people to do good, to help out, and to make us feel connected amid the chaos. Power to move branches, put out fires, bring a hot meal, or hold a warm hand.
It's not the photos of the damage that move us, it is the images of humanity coming together. It's seeing the rescue workers bringing people to safety. It's watching the volunteers bring food and warmth to people in need. It's what we do in communities across America. And it can't be replaced by a Facebook post or a Tweet.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
What is bullying? "Bullying is intentional aggressive behavior. It can take the form of physical or verbal harassment." Bullying is "unwanted, aggressive behavior . . [that] is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time." "Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose."
One of the things that continues to shock and surprise us here at the Holistic Moms Network is the ongoing efforts to bully our 501(c)(3) non-profit community. Yes, you heard me right. Individuals, groups, activists, and others who want everyone else to share their soap box, to take their stand, to agree with their views, use whatever means that they can to intimidate even non-profit organizations into complying with their demands. They flood social media, they hijack Facebook pages, they bombard Twitter accounts, and they insult, accuse, argue, and forcefully project their ideas, regardless of whether or not you agree until or unless you become their victim.
The Holistic Moms Network is build on a foundation of diversity and tolerance. As an organization, we are not here to blame you, attack you, or make you feel guilty for the choices that you have made in your life's journey. We provide a supportive community for parents to share and connect. A place where you can learn and become aware, so that you can make informed choices. Whatever your choice, it should be an educated one and one that works for your family. Your family is not my family. Your knowledge, resources, and personal values are not mine. We hope for and advocate for choices that support natural health - health for individuals, for society, and for the planet. But we are not going to bully anyone into taking a particular stand, nor do we appreciate those who insist on bullying our members and our community.
You may not like our community or our members for this reason. You may dislike our meat-eaters if you are vegan, or our vegans if you are Paleo. You might criticize how we birth, how we feed our families, or what type of healing modalities that we use, or don't use. But at the Holistic Moms Network, we like to teach respect. We believe that respect is a value that every generation needs to learn. Are there many great causes out there to be taken up? Of course. Are there many single-issue groups that share your passion, whatever that may be. But they are not Holistic Moms. Those issues may or may not be part of holistic living and they are not, in and of themselves, our mission. We are about creating support and community for parents who share an interest in holistic living. And in supporting such a diverse and widespread community, we negotiate the very challenging road of tolerance - a place where bullying cannot survive.
Most importantly, the tactics of bullying do not create positive change. They do not open people up to awareness-raising. They shut people down. They create fear and intimidation. They put people on the defensive and generate feelings of negativity. Even if your cause is noble, bullying will not further your mission. It is compassion and understanding that create change. As Buddha said "Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity."
Monday, October 8, 2012
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao-tzu
Change is hard. Resistance to change is normal. Change threatens our routines and our everyday lives. Change demands more thought and energy. Changes requires that we be present and attentive to what we doing, saying, and thinking. It pulls us out of autopilot and puts us back in control. And for many of us, autopilot is just easier. Even if we're heading for a crash landing. Ironically, it is when we're about to crash and burn that we will try to embrace change. But there is always the danger of waiting just a little too long.
Why is it that we fear change, fear control? Perhaps because it involves responsibility. We know that if we are going to make a change, we need to take responsibility for our actions and own them. We need to understand the implications of our lifestyle - whether in terms of diet, fitness, wellness, or sustainability - and claim ownership for any mess that we have created. It's easier to keep puttering along and turn a blind eye than it is to confront something and make a difference.
But as Lao-tzu once said, the journey does indeed begin with a single step. We can own up to doing better, a little bit at a time. We can change one simple thing and therein take control of something about ourselves or our lifestyle that isn't working for us. We can own it, control it, and live it. One step at a time.
This month, we celebrate changes toward natural and holistic living all month long. October is Holistic Living Month here at the Holistic Moms Network - an chance to take one step or many toward achieving our lifestyle goals. Don't let the fear of change paralyze you into inactivity. Come join Holistic Living Month on Facebook or Twitter and discover some simple actions that you can take each and every day to help live a more natural, more sustainable life. You might just find yourself journeying along with us!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
As the country gears up for an intense political campaign season, we see more and more calls for "fact checking" on the claims made by our presidential candidates and their running mates. The candidates are out to sell themselves for your vote and the information that they are trying to convey to you, the voter, is couched in whatever light they feel will best make them glow. Skeptical voters are wary, though, and take their claims with a grain of salt.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Natural products advocates and consumers are up in arms this week as they discover that many of their favorite brands are spending money to defeat Proposition 37 in the State of California. Prop 37 is a ballot initiative that would require labeling of products that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Calls for boycotts and protests are on the rise against many popular natural brands. But the issue is not so simple, as Marc Gunther points out on GreenBiz.com. The problem lies in the fact that these popular natural product companies, such as Naked Juice, Honest Tea, and Cascadian Farms are owned by food giants (Pepsico, Coca-Cola, and General Mills, respectively) who are fighting hard to block Prop 37. Collectively, these agricultural behemoths have spent more than $20 million to date to defeat the initiative.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
Curious about natural health? Intrigued by herbal and nutritional supplements? Or perhaps you have already embraced natural living. You take vitamins, food supplements, even herbal remedies. But your conventionally-minded friends and family gasp "Is it safe?"
Thursday, August 2, 2012
This week we are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week at the Holistic Moms Network. We kicked off the week with an amazing Breastfeeding Twitter Party to show support to the tune of 20 million impressions! There are indeed reasons to be optimistic about breastfeeding in America. And yet, some of the current statistics are more than a little disappointing - and challenge us to come together to build new solutions.
Friday, July 27, 2012
It has been an interesting year for breastfeeding advocates. There have been highs, such as the State of Massachusetts banning formula samples in hospitals, and lows, including the backlash from the now infamous Time Magazine extended-breastfeeding cover photo. Breastfeeding moms continue to be asked to cover up, go elsewhere, or consider weaning their “older” children. Women still lack many rights when it comes to nursing. But what we see in all of this is a wealth of conversation and a groundswell of connection among people striving to normalize breastfeeding.
What makes this groundswell possible? Community. Real community. Connecting – both in person and online – make people more able to affect social change. The act of gathering is in and of itself transformative and when we connect, face-to-face and virtually, our common ground is found and we can share ideas, create action plans, support each other, and literally create a cultural and social shift.
Virtual community has been radically transformed in the past decade by technology and through the evolution of such social media networks as Twitter. Globally, millions of people can share information and ideas instantaneously in powerful ways. As Malcolm Gladwell noted in The New Yorker, social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter may well be “our greatest source of new ideas and information.” Raising awareness is undoubtedly the first step in evoking change. Social media and virtual networks enable us to engage in awareness-raising, the goals of which “is to build understanding in the wider community . . . to highlight your work and its importance, and to persuade others to become involved as concerned individuals, allies and activists themselves.” The downside to social networks, however, is the superficial level of engagement. People may flock to causes and networks online because the level of participation and the action required to do so is so minimal. “Social networks are effective at increasing participation—by lessening the level of motivation that participation requires,” argues Gladwell. Engaging in real life communities, such as the Holistic Moms Network, is what moves people beyond low-level participation into a higher level of social activism.
And yet it is the level of “weak-tie” engagement which lays the foundation for activism and thus is a necessary and vital tool for creating change. Low-level virtual connection makes in-real-life engagement more possible by exposing the channels, resources, and communities that exist to build stronger levels of interaction and foster action. By showing the power of our virtual community and “normalizing” the goals and importance of an issue, we can begin to affect social change.
On the cusp of World Breastfeeding Week we plan to do just that. On Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 the Holistic Moms Network, along with our Sponsors Divine Mama Bars, Earth Mama Angel Baby, and Motherlove will host our second annual World’s Biggest Breastfeeding Twitter Party at 10 pm ET/ 7 pm PT, #HolisticMoms, #Breastfeeding. By gathering the supporters of breastfeeding, the parents, organizations, professionals, agencies, and activists into a virtual community event, we can help to normalize breastfeeding, raise awareness, and build weak-tie connections to pave the road for stronger activism and change. Simple participation is all that is needed to showcase the support and power for normalizing breastfeeding. But real action comes when we strengthen those weak-ties and connect with those who are also engaging, building a format for collective action.
Join us and be heard! And then take your knowledge and connections into a plan for action. Join us on Twitter and then dive into World Breastfeeding Week with the passion and commitment we need to make powerful change!
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Some days it's easy to be in this green/holistic space and feel nothing but overwhelm. Juggling work, kids, family life, and more means we don't always opt for the greenest, healthiest, or most sustainable choices. And the day itself can be filled with more choices than we like. A hectic morning start with a fussy child can mean we opt for convenience just to get out the door. And, if we are just starting our journey into living greener and healthier, those choices may seem foreign and harder to adapt to. It's easy to feel like we're not doing enough. And then to feel guilty.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
"Mommy, I do it." These simple words can be the start of an exciting moment or the prelude to a power struggle or potential meltdown. From toddlers to adults, our kids want our support but also need to discover how to do things independently. One of the biggest challenges for a parent is knowing when to step back and let your child figure it out for herself. We want to step in, make it easier, and use opportunities as "teaching moments". But sometimes, we just need to stand down.
Cultivating independence is a learning experience for both parents and kids. From infancy on, we can find little steps that we can take to give our children room to grow and develop, while at the same time helping them to feel empowered and build a sense of self-confidence. How can we help our children become more independent? Here are some simple ideas to set them on their own paths:
Allow your child to experience frustration. Allow your child to fail. We tend to live in a praise-heavy culture where "good job" and awards have become meaningless. School coaches hand out medals just for showing up and gold stars pop up everywhere. Over-praising and working to "guarantee" success present their own challenges. Children need to try - and to fail. If we allow children the experience of frustration, we give them the opportunity to problem solve. We give them the chance to dig deeper, try harder. We also allow them to fail and to realize that failure doesn't define them, nor does it mean complete destruction. It is very difficult for us, as parents, to watch our children struggle and fail, but we need to remind ourselves of the power and sense of accomplishment your child will feel when the task has been conquered or achieved.
Give your child unscheduled time. Make room for free play. Do you hear "I'm bored" all too often? Are you kids used to a hectic schedule of school, sports, activities, and playdates? Free time gives children a chance to explore and to learn independent play. Kids who can choose how to spend their time will learn to venture into new territories, explore their imagination, and develop their creativity. Passive entertainment is not going to build their independence. Get them outside to explore the world, let them pick a book to get lost in, or provide them with creative outlets where they can put their independent thoughts into action.
Honor your children. Honoring our own parents is not about blindly accepting all of their choices or beliefs, but about treating them with respect. The same goes for our children. Honor their voices and opinions. Get on their level when you speak with them and take their thoughts and ideas to heart. Validate their feelings and allow them to express their emotions openly and to work through them, even when they are not pleasant. Children who are validated will build self-confidence and will learn to manage a wide range of emotions and moods throughout life, without seeking outside influences for confirmation.
Giving your children room to grow and develop a sense of personal independence is one of the greatest things we can give our children. Happy Independence Day indeed!
Monday, June 25, 2012
A Guest Post by Sarah MacLaughlin, Holistic Moms Network member and author of the award-winning book, What Not to Say: Tools for Talking with Young Children.
"Use your words,” is an oft-repeated request in U.S. households and schools these days. Maybe it is a step up from yelling “Stop hitting your sister/friend,” but it’s probably not the most effective route if you want to teach conflict resolution skills and emotional literacy. More on that later. First, a little about how you, as the grown-up, can improve your communication skills with less words. A forty year-old study by Dr. Albert Mehrabian showed that much of communication is nonverbal. That’s certainly worth paying attention to!
So try not using your words. And don’t ask children to use them either. You first—here’s a few ideas for responding to children without any words at all.
Use your body. When you are working with young children, keep in mind how much smaller and shorter than you they are. My motto has always been: “Get low and stay low.” You can also use your physical self to stop problems before or as they are happening. Step between the children who are in conflict, crouch down and make eye contact with each one. Place your hand on a child’s shoulder to keep them from careening toward another. Cup your hand between the biter and the one about to receive.
Use body language and facial expression. Sometimes we overworked and stressed-out grown-ups don’t keep tabs on our facial and body language. Thinking about our own problems can leave us with arms crossed and a grimace on our face—and we don’t even know it! Stay mindful of what your expression might look like. Children often interpret a furrowed brow or blank face as an angry one. Keeping your body relaxed and a smile on your face may be the easiest invitation for cooperation you’ve got! You can also send a quick message by shrugging shoulders or putting up your hand in a “stop” gesture.
Use touch. In our litigious society, we have become very “hand-off,” and not necessarily to the benefit of our young ones. While children should be taught the difference between good, bad, and scary touch, they should not be left untouched. A pat on the shoulder, a hug, or rub on the back can convey understanding and encouragement. It is, however, best practice to ask first if you are working with, or taking care of, children that are not your own.
A last tip from Dr. Mehrabian is to pay attention to your tone. While words alone have the least impact, the clearest message can be sent and received when our tone, body language and words, all match. This means that you shouldn’t add a question mark, or even a questioning tone to a directive statement. Refraining from using sarcasm is also a good idea. Kids don’t get it and it can be quite insulting. Try to aim for a warm, engaging tone. When you need an authoritative or attention-getting tone for safety purposes, it will have more impact if it has not already been well used.
And why not ask a child to “use their words?” First of all, it’s become a pat statement, much like, “good job.” It’s just not specific enough. Plus, it doesn’t honor the fact that she would be using her words if she was capable of doing so. Typically children are hitting, or grabbing, or yanking in the scenario where you request words. Please assume that if they had it in them to share their feelings verbally, ask before taking, or ask for a turn, they would have already done so. When they don’t, for whatever reason, it is a signal to you that they require guidance in this area. Offer this guidance kindly, and see what happens.
When you use your words, say, “I’m going to help keep everyone here safe,” “Looks like you want a turn, let’s ask your sister about that,” or “Please come back and check in with your friend.” Or use one of the nonverbal suggestions above. You won’t have to say a thing.
Please comment on this post about using or not using your words with your child, so that you can enter to win an ebook copy of What Not to Say: Tools for Talking with Young Children, in the format of your choice: PDF, epub, or Kindle format. Sarah will be giving away one copy at each blog stop and will announce it on the comments of this post at the end of the week. (Other stops during this Blog Tour are listed on Sarah's blog here: http://sarahsbalancingact.blogspot.com/p/blog-tour.html) Be sure to leave your email so we can contact you in case you're the winner!
Also, be sure to enter at Sarah's site (http://sarahsbalancingact.blogspot.com/p/blog-tour.html) for the Grand Prize Giveaway: a Kindle Touch. Winner will be announced at the end of the tour after July 15th.
About The Author
Sarah MacLaughlin has worked with children and families for over twenty years. With a background in early childhood education, she has previously been both a preschool teacher and nanny. Currently, Sarah works as a licensed social worker with foster families at The Opportunity Alliance in South Portland, Maine.
She also teaches parenting classes and consults with families. In addition, Sarah serves on the board of Birth Roots, a perinatal resource center, and writes the "Parenting Toolbox" column for a local parenting newspaper, Parent & Family.
As reflected in her book, What Not to Say: Tools for Talking with Young Children, Sarah considers it her life's work to promote happy, well-adjusted people by increasing awareness of how children are spoken to today.
In a busy modern life, while Sarah juggles her son, her job, her husband, her family, and time for herself, she's also aiming for: mindful parenting, meaningful work, joyful marriage, connected family, and radical self-care. She is mom to a young son who gives her plenty of opportunities to take her own advice about What Not to Say. More information about Sarah and her work can be found at http://www.saramaclaughlin.com.