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As the daughter of an anxious mother and mother of an anxious child, yoga instructor Ginny Hamilton regularly walks the edge of fear. In this month’s edition of “Off the Mat: Reflections on the Practice of Parenting,” she examines the edges with her son. — Remember to mark your calendars and get ready to support Hilltown Families on Valley Gives Day: December 10th!

As a yoga instructor, Hilltown Families Contributing Writer, Ginny Hamilton, aspires to 20 minutes of meditation before sunrise – or before her son rises is more like it. In reality, she hits the snooze alarm most mornings. In this month’s edition of “Off the Mat: Reflections on the Practice of Parenting,” she lets her 5-year-old son be her guide.

Ladies and gentlemen, take a journey through the eyes of Pigget- a young boy’s durable friend. Once sharing “top billing” with Mama and Poppa, Pigget feels a shifting in the world order. Unconditional love and loyalty endures in a touching piece from Hilltown Families contributing writer, Ginny Hamilton. Read on. Enter the world of Pigget.

Hilltown Families Contributing Writer (and yoga instructor) Ginny Hamilton does some of her best thinking in the shower. This month, she examines her knee-jerk reactions in hopes of teaching her son, and herself, how to choose a different response.

From our new writer comes a touching story of true freedom of expression, and having that conversation of “freedom” with your child. Why should children fall into lines marked by social barriers? Read on in “Off the Mat: Reflections on the Practice of Parenting” about Ginny’s experiences with her child- with Green River Festival as a backdrop!

Facebook has found a way into our daily rituals. It doesn’t get more local than reading the overshared personal musings/ ventings of a friend or neighbor (or stranger!). It’s an addiction! Many people are social media cynics (some of us were burned by MySpace where one morning we woke up and everyone had left town- noooooo!) and Rebecca started out as such.

As a journalist, Rebecca has a different meaning for “news feed.” If you think this installment is all about Facebook bashing though, you’re wrong. As a mom raising a child with type one diabetes, Rebecca reveals how the power of Facebook has lent a helping hand….

A brand new monthly column, “Off the Mat: Reflections on the Practice of Parenting,” with our newest contributing writer, Ginny Hamilton, debuts today! Ginny is a yoga instructor who explores how yoga’s physical and mindfulness exercises help her parent and how parenting shapes her yoga practice. Welcome Ginny!

This month Ginny asks the question “where did it all go?” The predictability of her schedule pre-motherhood has been all shook up. All shook up by parenting! It’s a tremendous challenge but one she is not afraid to face and find solutions to! Join her in her journey through parenthood, applying yoga practice in a new way!

There is no doubting the stress and pressure of raising a child with two autoimmune diseases as Rebecca shares monthly here in her column, “Just My Type: Raising a Child with Type One Diabetes.” It leads to consecutive nights of interrupted sleep where Rebecca has to constantly check on her child’s condition. While taxing, it can often lead to cherished moments in the silence of the night as she watches her child sleep. It’s how memories are made.

This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, through music and mindfulness, Charity Kahn explores some of the ideas at the heart of community service in an hour long, commercial-free radio show. Listen to the podcast anytime here…

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