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Choosing Hope with Emily Fletcher

Choosing Hope with Emily Fletcher

In the pandemic, it’s hard to remember what month it is. Each day feels like a time-lapse video of our lives.

I was so ecstatic for the opportunity to talk with my meditation teacher, Emily Fletcher, Founder of Ziva Meditation, about parenting, virtual schooling, and how parents can find hope in the darkest of times.

Pandemic of Stress

Pandemic of Stress

We are spinning in circles from hand-washing to disinfecting to wearing masks. The uncertainty causes a secondary pandemic that has already infected us all. While we plan for the threat of a second/third wave of COVID infections, our nervous systems flood with stress hormones.

What is school (really) for?

What is school (really) for?

It was just another Thursday at work but I felt angry. On February 15, 2018, I showed up at my school in Southwest Philly the day after the shooting massacre in Parkland, Florida. I expected something to shift. However, on that Thursday, I could see that my job was...

The double-edged sword for modern dads

The double-edged sword for modern dads

My wife Betsy answered a “what’s the skill you’re most proud of” prompt on FB by sharing her parenting success. She feels proud that she was able to raise two functional, independent adults who care for each other and the world. She should be proud. She was raised by...

Can you really fake it until you make it?

Can you really fake it until you make it?

A parent recently asked me, “What book can I read to feel more positive?” I asked her for clarification. I wanted to know what she wanted to achieve. “I just feel like the last few months have left me in a dark place.” She was worried that her mood was impacting her...