Tamara Brennan

4 tips to help children grieve the loss of a pet

March 13, 2017

Until 5 a.m. this Valentine’s Day, we shared our home with a sweet ginger kitty named Sophie. She was our special friend and bed warmer for 14 years. Her presence was an orange-colored angora thread woven through the fabric of our family’s life. Now we find ourselves confronted with having no choice but to traverse […]

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6 games to instill mindfulness and gratitude in our children (and ourselves)

February 20, 2017

Since I became a mom 10 years ago, I have been committed to helping my daughter see the good in things as a first reflex. My own upbringing did not allow for this way of being in the world and, instead, instilled the typical apprehension and worry that seems to be passed down to children […]

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Teaching the way of gratitude

January 6, 2017

Have you discovered how very powerful giving thanks is for uplifting your mood, day and life? Coaches and spiritual teachers these days suggest that we keep a gratitude journal or set aside time to be grateful every day as a way to shift our focus toward a more positive frequency. It’s not just another thing […]

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Cultivating a peaceful family: 5 effective ways to tend to one’s inner harmony

October 27, 2016

There’s that saying you’ve probably heard — “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” I first saw it, framed, in the kitchen of my high school friend and it made me slightly afraid of her mom. It seemed like it had been hung there as a warning. But parents, let’s be honest: We wake up […]

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A prayer for the motherless daughter

October 10, 2016

Lesehu was her name. She was only 18 months old when her mama — like so many in Botswana, Africa — died from AIDS. I met her at the daycare center that my friend Marie Jose, a Catholic nun with 20 years of service in that country, had quickly put together to address the emergency […]

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What’s the harm in saying “there are starving kids in Africa” to get your child to eat his veggies?

December 16, 2015

You know this saying since it’s pretty much a parenting cliché used to cajole children to eat their vegetables: “There are starving children in Africa. You should be grateful that you have this food to eat.” I have never understood the logic that leads people to believe that mentioning such tragic information could motivate anyone […]

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On perfection and parenting

November 10, 2014

Now that school has started again in Mexico, we are adjusting to the new schedule, new teacher and new challenges of first grade. We are still getting used to having to get up at 6:30 a.m. and make it to school with all the important pieces in their tidy places… …which leads me to wonder […]

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