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Clean Your Mind and Plate

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I’m super excited to let you know I have the privilege of being on the Family Food Experts Radio Show tomorrow.  Here is their fabulous description of this episode…

Do you sometimes feel stressed, frustrated, and resentful when preparing meals? Do you feel guilty when feeding you family junk food? This suggests that you are suffering from a junk-filled mind.  What messages are you feeding your brain when you put food on your family’s dinner plates? 

How do you feel when you send you kids to school after a breakfast of Pop Tarts? Then what happens in your mind when you skip breakfast, survive on coffee and cave in when doughnuts are offered at the office or wherever you work?  Is there a relationship between junk-filled thoughts and junk food?

April O’Leary, Certified Master Life Coach, Author and Speaker and the founder of the University of Moms will join co-host Stacey Antine RD (HealthBarn USA, Author: Appetite for Life) and Ellen Briggs (Founder, Author, Radio Host of Kid Kritics) in our Family Food Experts Kitchen to zoom in on how to unjunk your minds and meals. And we will fill your plates with fresh simple, nutritious recipes that give you the peace of mind you deserve!

Come into our Family Food Experts Kitchen this Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 1pm ET on W4WN and W4CY radio.  Call in LIVE to ask your questions at 561-422-4365. You will be so glad you did!

REPLAY: Sunday, 1pm ET, W4WN radio

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And don’t forget to register for our upcoming complimentary class: From Stressed to Calm in 2 Simple Steps.  It will take place by phone on Thursday, Oct 10 at 1pm EST/ 10am PST.  Click here to reserve your seat now and get all the call in details plus these 3 bonuses immediately upon registration:

1) Create Calm Activity
2) Chapter 1 of Ride the Wave: Journey to Peaceful Living
3) Lesson 1 of Focus on You: Your Needs Matter Too


2 Simple Questions for Every Mom

One of the major problems I often see when I talk with parents is that they forget that it is okay to have personal boundaries. Just because you are a parent does not mean you need to set aside who you are, all your needs and focus excessively on your children. 

Although the starting point is a desire to show your children the most love you can and be the most attentive and best parent you can be the end result as you can guess is often a child who is whiny, does not take no for an answer and does not respect you and you end up exhausted, frustrated and angry. 

This then makes you lose your confidence and self-esteem as a parent because your initial intention (the desire to be the best parent you can be) is not matching up with who you are in the world. This can be devastating.

Ride the Wave Front CoverThe good news is there are simple corrections that I have seen to work time and time again (which I share in my book). Think of it as a balance. Open communication, compassion and caring are extremely important but if you are feeling frequently frustrated or are not enjoying parenting or your children take a look at one of two areas. 

1) Are you taking good care of yourself? 

2) Are you setting reasonable boundaries for your children that support your needs as well? 

When I say reasonable boundaries, you have to determine what is reasonable for you. For example, I don’t like it when my children pull on my arm to try to drag me somewhere and show me something. So that is a personal boundary. If they do this, I immediately say, “Excuse me. I don’t like when you pull on my arm and I will not come when you do that. You can kindly ask me.”

For others that might not be an issue. But figure out what bothers you personally and then be ok with setting boundaries to protect your own well-being. That is reasonable! 

Do you have any thing you’d like to share?