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5 Steps to Handling Tantrums

5 Steps to Handling Tantrums

If your child falls and hurts themselves, do you go to them?   Tantrums are no different.  They need you just as much.  Tantrums can come from a multitude of reasons;  they didn’t get their way or maybe their feelings were hurt.  Whatever the reason they need you and will get through it quicker if you…

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The Power of a Parent’s Brain

The Power of a Parent’s Brain

Here we are in September! Another school year has begun. I was just preparing for an upcoming workshop and it got me thinking about how difficult change is. I always start a new school year thinking about how incredibly organized I will be. I’ll have lunches ready the night before, clothes prepped and then of…

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Autumn in the South Bay and Southern California

Autumn in the South Bay and Southern California

Colorful leaves, chilly nights, cozy sweaters, the last harvest of the year…are signs of a delightful autumn that is happening nowhere near the South Bay. We do have our own hallmarks of fall, though, even if they don’t show up in the Pottery Barn Kids catalog. Here are four local signs of autumn to share…

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The Mindful School Year Ahead

The Mindful School Year Ahead

Happy Fall! September is here and we are off and running towards another school year filled with academics, activities, sports, tutoring, and more. Each and every year I dedicate my fall column to my personal promise of not over scheduling my own two boys and this year is no different. Balance is the key and…

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Avoiding Clutter Situations

Avoiding Clutter Situations

Yes, there ARE ways to avoid bringing more “stuff” into your life. Be it your home, work place, car, etc. Here are a few thoughts to consider. Choose one and work on it.  Then consider another idea. Enlist a caring friend to aid you in this project.

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The Lazy Days of Summer

The Lazy Days of Summer

Growing up, I have great memories of summer: the beach, friends over for swim parties, my mom cutting up peaches for us, sleep overs, art classes, Yosemite, and BBQ’s. I know I attended a few camps, but nothing as specialized like the options of today….I remember the camps were local, outdoors, had lots of running…

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Recognizing Procrastination

Recognizing Procrastination

We all procrastinate. Yes, even professional organizers like myself. So why do we do it? Usually because it’s something we dread, like taxes, window cleaning, filing papers, purging over stuffed closets/drawers…and more. Procrastination tactics take on a variety of forms: watching TV, reading, exercising, helping others, computer games/Facebook, online shopping, etc. We can all identify with…

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Bringing the Fun Back into Play

Bringing the Fun Back into Play

Happy spring! My two favorite seasons are upon us, spring and summer, and it always inspires me to take the time to ensure my boys will have a great end of the school year and summer. The school year, even from preschool through kindergarten on, is filled with scheduled activities, homework, family demands and more.…

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Mindfulness in Today’s Busy World

Mindfulness in Today’s Busy World

Do you remember when you were young and wanted to show or tell your parents all the new things you had just seen or learned. If you were skating, had a dance performance, made a goal or just wanted to show how you did a cartwheel, showing your parents what you learned, or experienced, was…

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