Happy No Matter What

Oct.28.2010

The Weight Loss for Smart Moms Chronicles

Welcome! This is the first post of what I am calling (for now) The Weight Loss For Smart Moms Chronicles. I am a weight loss coach who just had a baby and I have 20 pounds to lose!

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Oct.28.2010

My Self-Care, Your Self-Care

Self-care – Sometimes it is about pedicures and bubble baths!

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Oct.14.2010

Diane Hunter on Self-Care

Diane Hunter is a certified Martha Beck life coach. She is a busy mama of two boys, one with special needs. As a certified Equis and Mind Body coach, I was eager to get her take on self-care.

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Sep.3.2010

Self-Care = Self Care

I notice that a lot of women, especially moms, equate “self-care” with “self-ish.” A commitment to self-care, according to this line of thinking, is selfish because it’s all about putting one’s needs over the needs of others.

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Jul.29.2010

Things My Mother Taught Me

This month marks the anniversary of my mother’s birthday. She would have been 69 on July 12th. I read this at her funeral:

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Jean Paul Sartre once said that hell is other people. I agree with Jean Paul. Other people can, at times, be hell. But I like to think the “hell” we encounter when someone “pushes our buttons” plays an absolutely critical role on the road to happy.

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Dec.14.2009

R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

I am about to make a very embarrassing confession.
Last weekend, while giving the twins a bath, I smacked my husband in the face with a sponge. This was not a light, playful smack. It was an angry, hostile one. And yes it happened right in front of the kids, the ones I’m constantly reminding to “be gentle.”

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Nov.12.2009

Filling in the Blanks

When Nancy Pelosi became the first female speaker of the house, a reporter asked her how she would manage such a big job. Her response, “Are you kidding? Being the Speaker of the House can’t be more difficult than raising five children.”

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Anthony, my 19 month old son, was playing with a train at the Sip and Play Café a few months back. As he was innocently pushing the train around the track, another toddler shoved him in the chest. Stumbling to regain his footing, he turned to me with a look of pure shock, then started to cry. That look– the lips all puffed out, tears streaming down his cheeks — breaks my heart every time. Immediately I scooped him up and bought him a cupcake. I placed the cupcake in front of him and all became right with the world once again.

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Jul.27.2009

Be Nice!

I’m a mother of 17 month old twins. I take them to an indoor play gym once a week at the local community center. Toddlers, I’m learning, hit, pinch, bite and scream. I often observe them subjecting each other to this behavior in the hopes of obtaining exclusive access to that coveted piece of Little Tykes equipment.

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