Before You Write Your Birth Plan, Learn This!

I don’t like giving advice. In fact, in my massage therapy school (and even in college when I was studying the psychology of Personal Growth!) we were taught: Don’t give advice.  Listening is what we were taught. With my clients, I practice listening, and then I try reflecting back what I think I am hearing … Read moreBefore You Write Your Birth Plan, Learn This!

Birth Planning As Personal Growth

You’ve heard of “birth trauma” and you’ve heard of “the baby blues” (which is different than postpartum depression, and it’s important to make that distinction). You have probably noticed that “birth story-telling” and “birth story-celebrating” are not very common in our culture. Women, generally speaking, do not come home from the hospital super eager to … Read moreBirth Planning As Personal Growth

The Most Important Thing I’m Teaching My Preschooler

I had a lot of anxiety about choosing a daycare for my daughter. When we visited her school she’s now been attending for over a year, I was deeply moved, because of a certain phrase I heard repeated in that environment over and over again: “It’s your choice.” When snack time came, the children were … Read moreThe Most Important Thing I’m Teaching My Preschooler