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Many times I’ve looked over at the mom with the quiet well-mannered kids and wondered, “Am I the only one who’s a mess? Why does every other mother seem to have it together?”
As a freelance writer with ten years of experience and counseling psychology graduate degree, I knew how to listen and be empathetic.
But all I knew about “parenting strategies” consisted of time out tactics and the “children should be seen and not heard” mindset I had been raised in.
After spending much of 2017 research...
When conjuring up interesting pau hana activities, cooking may not come to mind first. But CookSpace proves you can burn off steam (literally and figuratively) and have fun, whether you’re a novice cook, a top chef wannabe or just enjoy pairing food and drink.
CookSpace is an interactive cooking studio with live culinary activities ranging from private and corporate events, to classes for cooks of different ages and skills. The idea was cooked up in 2013 by the foodie minds of Melanie Kosaka ...
Understanding the difference between genuine intuition and a bout of paranoia.
Just a week ago, my toilet overflowed. I watched in horror as the water rose and fell like a geyser. I quickly shut the door hoping it would go away. Of course it didn’t. It surged through the halls, our dining room and my son’s bedroom. Until I had the courage to return to the sewage and figure out how to stop it, it would continue to ruin everything in sight. Intuition is the same way. I often ...
We’ve heard it many times over. It’s not what we say to our kids that has the greatest impact but what we do.
Dr. Daniel J. Siegel of the best-selling "No-Drama Discipline" and "The Yes Brain" visits Seattle on April 30. Learn more.
The problem is many of us are parenting with an inadequate amount of sleep and information to do better than our parents did.
As a mother of two young kids and former therapist, I found it’s all the unconscious things we teach our children that remain long after t...
Years ago, I had a friend who went to Mexico. Alone. My thought wasn’t, “That’s so cool! I wish I could do that.” It was more like, “Oh my god! How could she do that?”
But after being a stay at home mom with two young kids, the idea stopped making me cringe. In fact, it began to seem ki...
Spirituality is accessible even during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, if we make it a practice in our everyday lives.
Spiritual writer Thomas Moore tweets every morning. Maybe even more surprising, he views it as a spiritual practice. On Oprah's Super Soul Sunday, the former Roman Catholic monk said, "I go to my computer, and I sit down and meditate for a while, and I think of something, some thought, that I think people really would like to hear—would like to ...
Here are four ways you can transform your most trying parenting challenges into spiritual lessons.
It's an evergreen topic at parenting groups everywhere. How do we "discipline" our children without resorting to physical acts of intimidation? Experts are using words commonly associated with yoga and meditation like being conscious, awake and mindful to connect, engage and learn from our children, not just mold them into the people we want them to be. A far cry from...
A self-described mother martyr goes on a solo journey and rediscovers the value of her own joy.
"It was relief not envy that poured through me after reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s September O article, “Self, Centered.” Instead of viewing solo spiritual journeys as, “irresponsible, frivolous,” or “selfish,” she argued it was a human “right” and even necessary.
Envy would have been an understandable response. As a stay at home mom with two little kids, bathroom time was my only alone time. I was al..."
Jane Murao says she was frustrated with the process of delivering Ikea products to Hawaii, so she launched Haul2hi. The company specializes in bringing Ikea’s furniture and other products to the Islands.
Convenience reigns when it comes to health. This is indicative in plastic water bottles and snack subscription boxes. But when diet fads fade, where do you go to fill up physically, emotionally and spiritually? Use these ancient practices described in Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom to revamp and spring clean your eating.
Many kick start the New Year with a new physical exercise routine. But a creative mind can also get weak with neglect. A robust creative life takes just as much effort as a healthy sweat session. If you’re in need of novel practices to shake up your normal routine, here are a few low and high impact exercises to inspire more impromptu creative moments.
Give me a cup of tea and well-worn book, and the outside noise quiets in reverence to the words on a page. There is something sacred about the written word. It’s the one constant while friends, jobs and situations ebb and flow.
BEFORE BECOMING A global franchise operation, L&L began in the 1950s as a modest business called L&L Dairy, owned by father and son Robert Lee and Robert Lee Jr. That restaurant, now called L&L Drive-Inn, still stands at 1711 Liliha St. in Kalihi, but today it is one of 190, thanks to L&L president and CEO Eddie Flores Jr. and his team.