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Parenting with Presence, Empathy, Attention, Compassion and Embodiment  www.momfulness.org
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Two Words I'll Never Say To My Daughter Again

Two Words I'll Never Say To My Daughter Again | Momfulness | Scoop.it
Although the words "hurry up" did little if nothing to increase my child's speed, I said them anyway. Maybe even more than the words, "I love you." The truth hurts, but the truth heals... and brings me closer to the parent I want to be.
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Confessions of an Imperfect Mother - Beauty Through Imperfection

Confessions of an Imperfect Mother - Beauty Through Imperfection | Momfulness | Scoop.it
Confessions of an Imperfect Mother This series started way back in March of 2012. On this page you can read about the purpose of the series, and at the end you can find quick links to every post that has been published thus far.
Dr. Amy Fuller's insight:

I deeply appreciate this blogger's embrace of vulnerability in this series where she shares her struggles as a mom. 

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Motherhood Is Not For Slackers {Here's That Pat on the Back You've Been Needing}

Motherhood Is Not For Slackers {Here's That Pat on the Back You've Been Needing} | Momfulness | Scoop.it
This post is for you. You moms who did something hard today. Something you didn’t want to do. It wasn’t long like a marathon, glamorous like a solo, even noble like giving birth.
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Sometimes it feels like mothering doesn't matter...so much goes unnoticed...but it matters more than we think and is noticed more often than we know. 

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5 Steps to boosting your daughter's self-esteem

5 Steps to boosting your daughter's self-esteem | Momfulness | Scoop.it
With unrealistic media images bombarding girls daily, find out how to boost your daughter's self-esteem.
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Great girl mom thoughts to consider

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When your temper scares you - some suggestions for defusing

When your temper scares you - some suggestions for defusing | Momfulness | Scoop.it

Sometimes you don’t realize you have a temper till you have kids.
And then one night someone carves a pattern into the leather sofa. Or someone just  dumps a pencil sharpener out all over the floor.

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Parents Primer | kidsgardening.org

Parents Primer | kidsgardening.org | Momfulness | Scoop.it

What better place to ‘grow’ special family memories than in a garden? Gardening with your kids or grandkids at home or at a community garden not only provides the tangible benefits of exercise and fresh food, it also fosters communication, builds strong relationships, and offers an opportunity to work towards a common goal. Our monthly activities and Parents' Primer are designed to help you get started.

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Moms' Best Parenting Advice | Growing With Your Child: The Art of Mindful Parenting

Moms' Best Parenting Advice | Growing With Your Child: The Art of Mindful Parenting | Momfulness | Scoop.it
What's the best parenting advice you've ever gotten? Read the top 3 entries from Parenting.com's recent contest, & share your own!
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These Moms submitted parenting advice and received mom-friendly awards! Read the whole story here

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Raising Children to be Last in a "Me First" World

Raising Children to be Last in a "Me First" World | Momfulness | Scoop.it

Entitlement has been the topic of the summer for me as I deal with my own issuesas well as those of my young children. We live in an entitled society where "have it your way" has become a personal motto for most people and where "me first" isn't just something your two-year-old demands.

But as I have mentioned before, we don't deserve anything, and if we want to teach our children how to follow Christ, then that means lessons in self-denial, contentment, and living a life of humility--something we have to be intentional about. The world is only going to teach them the opposite.

I don't have all the answers. My kids beg for stuff every time we go to the store just like yours. I throw pity parties on a regular basis. But here are a few lessons I'm learning as a mom.

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When we move from indulging our kids with the "material" to the immaterial we change their experience of entitlement. This article provides some practical ideas for how to instill a strong work ethic in our kids and model a live of service to others. 

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My Joy-Filled Life: How to Spend Quality Time With Your Kids

My Joy-Filled Life: How to Spend Quality Time With Your Kids | Momfulness | Scoop.it

We cook, we clean, we may homeschool, take care of babies, and a lot of us run home businesses or work outside of the home. We are busy. When you have more than one child it can be difficult to find the time to spend quality time with each one individually.

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Mom’s love good for child’s brain | Washington University in St. Louis

Mom’s love good for child’s brain | Washington University in St. Louis | Momfulness | Scoop.it

Mom's love good for Children's Brains

School-age children whose mothers nurtured them early in life have brains with a larger hippocampus, a key structure important to learning, memory and response to stress. 

The new research, by child psychiatrists and neuroscientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is the first to show that changes in this critical region of children’s brain anatomy are linked to a mother’s nurturing. 


Read Summary here. Read full text: Maternal support in early childhood predicts larger hippocampal volumes at school age

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The importance of maternal nurtuing has been long proven for rats and primates, and now we know that children who experience nurturing in their early years have a larger hippocampus, by 10%. This is actually a followup study on a study on depression in preschoolers when they were ages 3 to 5. Brain images of these same children were taken when they were between 7 and 10. They evaluated the degree of maternal nuturance when the children were younger and compared the results to the brain imaging. .  This  study suggests a clear link between nurturing and the size of the hippocampus. 

What's the hippocampus? One of the most important parts of the human brain especially since it sits right in the middle of our animal brain (limbic system) which is involved in managing emotion, threat detection, behavior, motivation and memory.  Amy Fuller PhD


Hat tip to Donald Cooper for posting this on the Achieve Balance Linked Group


Read Summary here. Read full text: Maternal support in early childhood predicts larger hippocampal volumes at school age

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Welcome to the Momastery (Mom-astery) - Momastery » Momastery

Welcome to the Momastery (Mom-astery) - Momastery » Momastery | Momfulness | Scoop.it

This blog’s name emerged from the idea that Motherhood is like a monastery … it’s a sacred place, apart from the world, where a seeker can figure out what matters and catch glimpses of God. It’s also like being pecked to death by merciless chickens. Often, while I am being mercilessly pecked, I dream of running away and joining a silent order of monks. Hence – Momastery.

Dr. Amy Fuller's insight:

Lovely site worth following. Thanks! Jennifer hoffmaster Christian! HT @4afullerlife 

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Dr. Amy Fuller, Marriage & Family Therapist passionate about healing & empowering a fuller life through Relational, Emotional, Mental & Spiritual Health/Growth. www.AmyFullerPhd.com