Where do we find our escape from the craziness of motherhood? How do we not give all ourselves to our child where it becomes unhealthy for us? I am on a quest to find these answers.
I am a mother who owned her own business, moved to England, had a baby and moved back to the US and stayed home with my child. When I arrived back to the US, I had sold my business, had no family near me and my friends at that time were all single with no children. It was one lonely and hard path for me. What I did have was a beautiful baby boy, whom I focused my attention. Then my son starts growing up and not so needy, but I am still giving my all to him. I was about to go nuts…what happened to that woman on the go and in love with life? That was my question to myself and still my question.
Now my son is in Nursery School and I have the mornings to do what I need, I use this time to conduct business, write blogs, film and “trying” to get back into the swing of entrepreneurship again.
Being in the inquiry of what is missing, some solutions came up. One is my workouts. Usually a ritual of working out has been in my life and now has disappeared. As humans, a workout is important for vitality. Getting that blood flowing will do anyone some good.
Another thing I am missing are my friends. Just finding the space to go out and be with the “women” is a healthy outlet. I find it important to be with your friends, it brings a mental health and community. As humans, we must have community.
To start with just those two things can make the world of difference. On this path of finding the healthy medium of Motherhood and sense of self is a journey. If anyone has their own journey of finding self, I would love to interview you. Please share as other Mother’s experience do matter and we all can learn from each other.
The Tot’s Cafe Show interviewed Jodi Levine, Founder and Executive Director of Earthroots Field School regarding the importance of children learning in nature.
Jodi has traveled all over the world learning from cultures outside our own and found that improving the relationship with the land is important. She has inherited a passion to share earth’s gifts with children.
She states “I am continuously seeking education on progressive energy alternatives, ways to replenish the soil with water, ways to build tightly woven interdependent webs of community, and ensuring our children are accepted for who they are and are treated with respect.”
Full 30 minute Episode will be available soon. Stay Tuned.
Posted in Child Development, Education, The Show
Tagged angela ortiz, brain function, earthroots field school, exercise, green thumb, Jodie levine, nature, smart kids, The Tot's Cafe, tina hiatt
Paradise Perks is one of our favorite coffeehouses in the OC. Check out the short interview with one of the employees of the Paradise Perks Espresso & Tea Bar.
WATCH IT HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ek2oGnRhYuw
Season 1, Episode 4 PRAISE & REWARDS
Are you ready to hear things that may be a surprise to you? In this interview with Tracy, she gives us rich information on the effects and outcomes of giving rewards. We also find out why parents feel its okay to overpraise children. Based on the findings of Alfie Kohn, Author of Punished by Rewards
WATCH EPISODE 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItoLWBQkhpg
View the Interview on Facebook
Posted in Books, Parenting, The Show
Tagged alfie kohn, angela ortiz, discipline, episode 4, over praising, praise, punished by rewards, rewards, show, The Tot's Cafe, tina hiatt, tracy roberts, unconditional parenting
Just In! Chimmy has sent more photos of places he has traveled in one European country. The above pic is one of the first places he visited at the beginning of the week. Then he ended up in the big city. For Chimmy, he does not speak this country’s language so he found an interpreter to travel with him and made the rest of his trip adventurous.
If you guess which country in Europe Chimmy is in you can Win a Free “Chimmy Travels to Europe” book, written by Patricia Paigerac.
During Chimmy’s travels he has visiting this lovely palace, a famous museum that looks like a pyramid, an opera house, and toured this country’s capital city and ate plenty of cheese and fine cuisines.
Our little monkey friend said that this country is famous for their cheese and wines but Chimmy doesn’t drink wine so he could not report on how wonderful the wine actually is.
The Tot’s Cafe will award the first person who guesses where in Europe Chimmy is visiting, with Patricia Paigerac’s book, “Chimmy Travels to Europe.” (to win please comment with your answer on this blog) This book is chalk full of vivid pictures, foreign languages, maps and more that will teach your toddler the wonders of our world and appreciate the many foreign languages spoken in Europe.
There are many other educational books available, visit www.chimmy5in1.com
Posted in Books, Contests, Education
Tagged childrens books, chimmy, educational books, europe, famous museums, fine cheeses, learning foreign language, looking in europe, patricia paigerac, The Tot's Cafe, toddlers, traveling europe