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Teaching children meditation

Do you have an active meditation practice? Or, did you have one before becoming a parent? Even if you are completely new to meditation, are you interested in building upon the proven benefits of this practice and encouraging your children to join you in cultivating mindfulness? Author, mother, and meditation teacher Amy Wright Glenn reflects often upon the benefits of introducing children to mindfulness based practices and seated meditation practice. As a Mommy & Me Yoga teacher, Amy has supported many mothers in their efforts…

  • June 19, 2017
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

A little boy’s tears

I watch a family play soccer at a nearby park. On the surface, it’s a beautiful sight. Mother, father, and sons kick a black and white ball around. The boys laugh. The parents do some fancy foot work, evoking more laughter. I smile. From my vantage point, I occasionally hear snippets of conversation. “Great kick honey.” “I got you this time.” “Here dad, the ball is yours!” Then at one point, the youngest son dives to pick up the ball…

  • October 4, 2016
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

10 year anniversary of her daughter’s death

Oklahoma-based mother and fellow Unitarian Universalist Anitra Lavanhar generously shared the following letter with me. She wrote this letter on the 10 year anniversary of her young daughter’s death. Her words are so moving and true. Please take the time to read them. Please take the time to “love deeply,  live fully, and grieve whenever [your] heart feels the need.” Love, Amy *** Dear Sweet Sienna, Today you would be 13 years old, if you were still alive. Instead you live…

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  How to move away from shame-based parenting   *** “You disgust me.” “What’s wrong with you?” “This is so embarrassing.” “Why can’t you just behave?!” OK. I get it. Parenting is (really) hard sometimes. I have yet to meet a parent who hasn’t said something in the heat of anger or overwhelm that she or he regrets – sometimes deeply regrets. Read more.

  • March 15, 2016
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

TEACH through Love — Interview with Lori Petro

On December 19th 2015, I posted the following meme on my Amy Wright Glenn Facebook page: Within hours, the meme was shared over and over again. Eventually it reached over 830,000 people and it has been liked, commented upon, and/or shared over 27,000 times. Clearly, the words expressed resonated. Recently, I reached out to the creator of the meme, Lori Petro, founder of TEACH through Love. We spoke on the phone and shared reflections via email. Graciously, she agreed to be…

  • January 31, 2016
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

“I won’t hit you”

This evening, my 3 and-a-half year old son pretended to read. He used his finger to follow the shapes of words moving slowly from left to right. I watched him turn a framed poem by Khalil Gibran into a window wherein I could view his evolving and unfolding consciousness. “Look Mama, Daddy wrote me a letter!” He smiled and began reading. “Dear Taber, thank you for this day… ” The beginning sounded like the prayers we say at meal time and…

  • August 4, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Magical

  How grateful I am for this boy. Yes, upon hearing for the 20th time in one day, “Momma, let’s play trucks!” I find myself digging deeply into a motherhood well of patience. I am 41 and know more about diggers, backhoe loaders and excavators now than at any other point in my life. Yes, there are moments that are challenging and yet …  overall, due to the presence of this 3 1/2-year-old wonder, magical moments permeate my day. Truly. I watch my son marvel…

  • June 27, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Dr. Laura Markham

  “America’s Parenting Coach” That’s what I entitled my most recent feature article for PhillyVoice. “America’s parenting coach: Dr. Laura Markham on peaceful parenting practices.” Over the last two years, I’ve watched Dr. Laura Markham’s influence grow dramatically. I couldn’t be more pleased. All of us interact with children at some level. It may be on the bus, at school, at a park, or in our homes. I have a friend in prison and he wrote me recently lamenting the…

Lorikeets

We open the screen door. It’s loud. Lorikeets squawk and fly around us. Their bright colors cheer any foul mood. My 3-year-old is thrilled. He rushes to find the Butterfly World attendant stationed in the room. For $1, I purchase a small, plastic cup containing a pink-colored sugary substance. Lorikeet food. I love watching his face light up when we feed them. Initially, he is giddy. Birds swoop down and land on his shoulders, head, and arms. He laughs loudly. And then,…

  • April 5, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Opossum Bones

  My three-year-old son and I take a walk through a fern forest in South Florida. Cyprus groves, swampy waters, tadpoles, and millions of ferns surround us. The 250-acre preserve is not far from our home. I come here when my soul needs restoration and revival. To look in all directions and see nothing human made is healing. I want my son to see the “real” Florida. I want him to know our world outside of concrete freeways, suburban sprawl, and the seemingly…

  • March 16, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn