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Below is a collection of various blog posts meant to encourage, inspire or educate. Grab a steaming mug of hot liquid this weekend and steal away to a quiet corner for some quick reads.
My family may not look like that of my neighbor’s or the ones whom attend my child’s school. But then again, I had stopped comparing others to us long ago. Because I realized that this is the life I was given – and the most beautiful things often grow from the roughest of soil. And so we are choosing to bloom where we have been planted, plucking weeds daily and watering the heck out of our kids with love and forgiveness, recognizing that they arenot the weeds, but the flowers…. Yes, flowers that smear feces at times. But flowers nevertheless.
It can be incredibly hard to stay calm when our own children hit us. Both our instinctual physical defense system and intense emotions can get triggered in a flash!
In a chronically stressful environment, the body’s stress response is always on – there is very little relief from the surge of chemicals and the increase in heart rate and blood pressure. When this happens, the stress becomes toxic and can cause dramatic changes in the brain and body – but there are ways to heal.