Playful Parenting

by Deborah on June 4, 2014

By Brian Leaf – Excerpted From “Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi”

Playful ParentingI feel that Dr. William Sears and I have become old friends. Like a psychotherapist and client who start to have lunch together.

Or maybe more like a doctor and a needy patient.

We spend many happy evenings together on the couch as Dr. Sears advises me from within the pages of our dog-eared copy of The Baby Book. He’s the first one who mentioned the words Attachment Parenting. He taught me why babies cry and when to worry about a rash. He taught me to keep the Tupperware in the bottom kitchen drawer so Noah can empty and refill it while Gwen or I cook. And he even showed me the birds and bees of postpartum life. I like to think of him as an honorary grandparent in our house.

But then, when Noah turned just two, Sears got up from the couch and left me scared and alone. No more checking the mighty Sears bible for signs of the croup. No more helpful tips on play.
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Jennifer LoudenThere are dozens and dozens of time management books and planner systems on the market.  Why create a new one?

Let me be clear:  I would be lost without Google Calendar. But calendars and traditional time management is only half the picture.  The Life Organizer brings in the other half: our values, our heart, our intuition, and mindfulness.  We need our to-do lists, but there’s another whole part of us that withers if we’re not making time to listen and tune in.

How does Life Organizing work?   

You can do it anytime.  It’s not a big deal.  The way that the book is structured is that it gives you all kinds of tools that you can use in 30-seconds — on your way to pick up the kids, when you’re waiting for a meeting to start, or when your head is about to pop off because of boredom or stress.  Tens of thousands of women have been using these ideas for more than 15 years in so many creative ways.  From a few minutes in the bathtub on a Sunday night to a regular check in first thing in the morning – it’s completely customizable and flexible. That’s why it’s been so popular.

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By Jennifer Louden

The Life OrganizerDo you feel a pull to be present, to match your pace to the fluid and complex world ours has become? If so, the more traditional approaches to managing your life and structuring your days can hog-tie you, forcing you to relinquish the skills most needed in today’s world – like intuition, emotional intelligence, creativity, and big-picture thinking

I’ve got an alternative. This process, what I call life organizing, is infinitely richer then plotting your days in fifteen-minute increments in your planner.

But one warning: change can be frightening, especially at first. I will ask you, over and over, to trust, to loosen your grip on life.

I will ask you to stop and feel, to tune in to what you really want and what you really know. The rewards of your courage are limitless – a life that sings, that moves with instead of against.

While a short article isn’t enough space to give all the knowledge, experiences, and thoughts I have about life organizing (I’d need to write a book to do that – and, in fact, I have!), I can provide the basics. Life organizing works in two complementary ways, easily adoptable and adaptable:

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Seven Ways to Think Creatively

by Deborah on January 1, 2014

creativityI have this theory that the three things most people would like to avoid (at all costs) are dying, speaking publicly and thinking creatively.

Well, the first option is unavoidable, you might be able to dodge the second, but you’re really shooting yourself in the foot if you try and avoid creative thinking.

Here’s the problem: it’s just a whole lot easier to maintain the status quo and keep doing things the same way you’ve always done them.

Most people just don’t see the value of figuring out new or better ways of doing things. Remember the old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

I have a different take: “If it ain’t broke, break it and make a better one.”

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Why Creative Visualization Works

by Deborah on December 25, 2013

Candle FlameExperience has shown that creative visualization works.

It is quite possible to prove that circumstances and events follow thoughts.

Take any situation or happening in your life, and go back to find what kind of thoughts preceded the event.

You will find out that a particular event, followed particular thoughts.

Here are the reasons why visualization produces results:

We are an inseparable part of the creative Universal Mind.

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creativity at workThere comes a time in any organization that change becomes detrimental to the survival of the company.

An organization that does not or will not consider change is destined to failure and eventually will cease to exist.

Barriers to creativity and innovation must be identified and a creative innovation implementation plan set in place.

First, it is important to identify such barriers in order to overcome them.

Fear- Fear of failure, ridicule, of decision- making, making mistakes, of taking risks, of change, and fear of the unknown can all be factors, which can hinder the creative mindset.

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Know The Fundamental Skills Of Creative Thinking

by Deborah on December 11, 2013

“It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it.” - Descartes

Developing a Creative BehaviorTechnically speaking, the best way to boost your creativity is to boost the communication flow between your two brain hemispheres: your left and right brains.

Apparently during the creative process, our left and right brains are focused on the problem, exchanging information to and fro in a form of a “partnership.”

Highly creative people are known to have an easy and unobstructed flow of information between their left and right brains.

They know how to increase the stimulation to their brain and expose it to lots of experiential stimulation, stretching and expanding its creative prowess by bringing it to new uncharted waters.

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Serendipity As a Form of Creativity

by Deborah on December 4, 2013


Even if you have no idea what the word means, the sound of it rolling off your tongue inspires imagination.

In truth, serendipity is an unexpected surprise, a pleasant discovery, a happy accident.

It is those moments in life when something unexplainable happens that potentially changes the course of your life, even if only for a short time.

For serendipity to be present in your life, you must be willing to live in the moment, to take the occasional detour.

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It Takes Creativity To Be Smart

by Deborah on November 27, 2013

Young Students in Art ClassThe ultimate goal of education is to be able to solve problems in the real world.

For many young children this has meant entering the empirical world of hard core academic training at a very young age.

Parents who fear their children will not be able to compete unless they learn reading and arithmetic early in life, are pushing their children into academics when they are very young.

These parents believe that their children will fall behind in elementary school if they are not exposed to “drill and test” programs in their preschools.

The problem with this line of thought is that it is just plain wrong.

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Everyone Has Creative Talent

by Deborah on November 20, 2013

creativityMany people believe either one is born with creativity as part of their style/personality or not and that creativity is a ‘gift’ that some people are lucky enough to have.

Tina Seelig, author of inGENIUS: A Crash Course on Creativity, and award-winning educator at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, believes everyone is creative.

There are easy and pragmatic steps to learn to ignite your creative fire. You need to discover what captures your imagination and embrace it.

You can use metaphors and analogies as you go about your day.

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