Beyond the Very Hungry Caterpillar: What this insect can teach us about self-care

The theme song to Reading Rainbow is in my head after I showed my kids an episode. It made me think of butterflies. And caterpillars. And life lessons. … More Beyond the Very Hungry Caterpillar: What this insect can teach us about self-care

What is burnout and how you can start putting out the fire.

Have you ever felt like this? Or this? Those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. Everyone has them. Even kids like Alexander. But, when those days stretch to weeks and even months or longer, you may be at risk for burnout. What is burnout? The term was coined in the 1970s by American psychologist, Dr. Herbert Freudenberger. … More What is burnout and how you can start putting out the fire.

Self-care toolbox 1: Parenting yourself

Children crave acceptance and approval. As adults, we really just want the same. But, for many of us, we are too quick to self-criticize when we make a mistake. For high achievers, we often develop this pattern of perfectionism as young children. Here is a short, simple tool that can help soothe your critical inner voice… Find a picture of yourself … More Self-care toolbox 1: Parenting yourself

Confessions of a recovering perfectionist 1: Embracing imperfections

“To err is human”, right? But then why do we get chastised and scolded by our parents, teachers, bosses, when we make a mistake? And, even worse for our psyche, why do we judge ourselves so harshly? In their book, When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough, Martin Antony, PhD and Richard Swinson, MD discuss how both our biology (genetic make-up), and … More Confessions of a recovering perfectionist 1: Embracing imperfections