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November 11, 2019

I'm teaching a workshop on the secret to connecting with your preTeen and Teen this Thursday. Thinking back to my own painful experiences at this age helped. When I was 13 I spent so much time and energy trying to fit in. It was critical to get my hair fanned just righ...

September 27, 2019

I woke my daughter up at 6am in the morning as usual. Immediately, I saw her phone by her bed, not out in the kitchen where it was supposed to be. I nagged her about it before she was even awake. My thoughts were all focused around her cell phone overuse, my fears of h...

September 9, 2019

My story

My name is Allison and I am a working mom of two daughters in a quiet town in California. For years I lived to be ‘successful’ at life as defined by our American culture. I achieved, but the cost was high: I was always thinking, figuring out how to optimize, ge...

June 23, 2019

What if you could stop stress in its tracks? What would it be worth to you to be able to notice, untangle and transform stress into positive values energy? I have been successfully working with my own stress as well as some of the top High Tech companies in the Bay Are...

November 20, 2018

My daughter had a fight with her friend. She yelled, 'I'm angry at you because of what you did!" My daughter felt righteous and that it was his fault. She thought she'd been treated badly and wanted him to acknowledge what he did and apologize. This all feels very fami...

October 28, 2018

It is a heavier topic today: Teens (or any age) exploring behaviors that bring up fear in us and how to respond. This is a big issue and there are no 'Right' answers as so much depends on the child, the why, the what, the how often, the with who, and the who you are; w...

June 10, 2018

Thank you Aptos parent for sending in this challenging situation!

"At the end of the day when I'm tired, I'm just trying to get things done. Keep dinner, bath, and bed moving in the right direction. I am needing cooperation and calm. Instead my kids are fighting. I talk...

May 7, 2018

It was a rainy Sunday. I asked my girls, 5 and 7 to cooperate. I hadn't gotten a work out in days and felt congested with a sinus cold. My daughters started fighting over who got to go first in their game. I was trying to get lunch ready and my project finished. Next t...

December 19, 2017

I often pay attention to too many things at once, at the expense of presence and connection.

These tangled branches, growing every which way is how my mind feels, especially this time of year. The different branches all crying out for my attention. I start one project,...

"I get so irritated. He's being negative again and starts complaining and blaming the kids. I can't stand it!" ​

One of the Mom's in my class expressed this the other day and I could relate. When I experience someone being negative I resist it,  I get angry or I sh...

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