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Where did all the play go? Am I the only parent that is mourning its loss? The new math makes sense to me. I read Old Dogs, New Math: Homework Help for Puzzled Parents last winter after a friend with middle school aged children mentioned the math concepts coming my way. I like to be prepared. Current reading readiness makes sense. At first I was a bit surprised by the way letter… Read More

In this month’s “Off the Mat, Reflections on the Practice of Parenting,” Ginny shares her summer journey inspiring a sense of magic in her little guy before sending him of to kindergarten.

Logan has always been honest about her journey as a parent. This month in her column, “Hindsight Parenting,” she continues to share the struggles and growth she endures on this journey of parenthood, an especially difficult journey this year as her son experiences the consequences of his choices. Logan looks at what she sees as her contribution as an over-controlling parent, putting on her brave face and sharing what wisdom she can dig up from the mire and muck of an horrendous year.

“Why did you hurt me on purpose, Mama?,” comes the zinger from the back seat. In this month’s “Off the Mat: Reflections on the Practice of Parenting,” Hilltown Families Contributing Writer Ginny Hamilton explores growing pains, painful patterns, and the truth that life hurts sometimes.

What’s an anxious Mama to do when presented with a last minute chance to travel to Alaska with her Dad? In this month’s “Off the Mat: Reflections on the Practice of Parenting,” Hilltown Families contributing writer, Ginny Hamilton, contemplates her daddy’s dreams, her mother’s heart, and spending two weeks away from her son.

Parenting. What other experience in the world can one human being undergo all the highs and the lows that life has to offer all in one month? In one day?! Logan share her “reel and fly” this past year as she parents three children, ranging from college to kindergarten.

Hiking with children is not only great exercise, but helps to provide important exposure to the outdoors! But what about when children aren’t yet big enough to hike on their own? Families with babies can join Hike it Baby Pioneer Valley for frequent baby-friendly hikes in beautiful scenery! – Traveling this summer? Look for Hike it Baby branches in the places you travel to too!

With a desire for independence must come a responsibility to allow yourself to be open to interdependence. It’s always a surprise how much people actually want to help and it’s up to us sometimes to lower our barrier and to let them in. This is something Ginny discovered when taking her newborn child out into the world.

This May, yoga instructor Ginny Hamilton is spending time out of town with her teacher and with her students, away from the responsibilities of motherhood. In this month’s “Off the Mat: Reflections on the Practice of Parenting,” she contemplates outer and inner peace, Mother’s Day traditions, and hand written letters.

In this edition of “Off the Mat: Reflections on the Practice of Parenting,” Hilltown Families contributing writer, yoga instructor Ginny Hamilton, sees the unseen through her practice and through her son. She shares, “Writing this piece had me reflecting (pun intended) about how I tend to focus on what needs fixing, not what’s working. My son also reflects my sparkling eyes, boisterous laugh, and stubborn persistence. Well, the last one he gets from both sides.”

In this edition of “Hindsight Parenting,” Logan shares with us a great story of sensitive souls connecting. It’s a story of a mother and daughter and how we should embrace our sensitivity and never hide it or feel ashamed by it.

How have you responded to this winter’s stir crazy blend of excess snow, bitter cold, and school closings and delays? When yoga instructor Ginny Hamilton finally had an uninterrupted moment to sit and write this month’s column, “Off the Mat: Reflections on the Practice of Parenting,” she found she wanted to throw the pen across the room! She then reminds herself, that she has a choice of which thoughts she can welcome, and with daily practice, finds it easier and easier to choose the one that leads towards more kindness. More ease. More gratitude.

Since her teen years, yoga Instructor Ginny Hamilton has worked to engage others to acknowledge race and address racism. In this month’s “Off the Mat: Reflections on the Practice of Parenting,” she takes her son to see “The Wizard of Oz” and to Black Lives Matter rallies. Their conversations about skin tone, race and racism point to a baseline shift in what we teach our children to see.

In this month’s “Off the Mat, Reflections on the Practice of Parenting,” Hilltown Families contributing writer, and yoga instructor Ginny Hamilton, shares her New Year’s re-solutions, hoping a public commitment will help address those enduring habits that require solving again.

Again life and its schedules, coping mechanisms and rituals can bring about a certain degree of detachment from the self. In Logan’s columns she applies the brakes and claiming your life. It’s a powerful idea but an achievable goal. Think ‘bubble bath’ for a start. Maybe you’ll laugh but maybe you’ll say ‘why not?’ Read on and see how you can treat yourself and be yourself in the process.

A generation was raised with the notion that dealing with illness meant popping a pill. Thankfully, the tide has turned and we’re more critical in our assessment of how to support the wellness of ourselves and our children. Learning together in the kitchen about flowers and food that keep kids healthy and strong in the winter (and all months) can lead to some great discussions and possibly even unearth new interests. This month in “Let Them Grow: Fresh Ways to Engage Toddlers in Creative Free Play,” Candice suggest a couple of common folk remedies to share with children to get them engaged in the kitchen and with their own wellness.

Angie, took a minute and took stock of her creative canon and what crafts her child has learned at school. The result: a couple of natural material creative projects yielding some pretty crafty results for the Holiday season! Read on for some great some great tips and insights in this month’s edition of “Parenting Green.” — Remember to mark your calendars and get ready to support Hilltown Families on Valley Gives Day: December 10th!

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!

Expressing emotion is a nuanced craft that requires a certain degree of focus. Kids are filled with emotions that can sometimes go on some pretty erratic roller coaster rides. This being a Thanksgiving time, Candice takes time to figure out ways for a child to reflect and express a clear emotion minus the jumping, hitting and pushing! Read this month’s edition of “Let The Grow” for some great tips.

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.

You can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs. Same goes for arts and crafts but then put a toddler at the controls and things can get extra messy! Kids enjoy getting messy to fire up some creative free play…so where can you find balance? Candice has her eye on the ball, sharing a plan to keep it structured in this month’s column, “”Let Them Grow: Fresh Ways to Engage Toddlers in Creative Free Play.”

Time is what we desire most but it’s also what we use the worst. It’s the very foundation of our existence and do we ever put it to the test! Sarah relays to us where once there was time, now there are unforgiving schedules that are territorially unyielding. In this month’s post Sarah tries to reclaim lost time.

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.

Every day we make decisions. Some are habitual and some require a lot of thought and deliberation. There was a little of both mixed in when Hilltown Families contributing writer, Angie Gregory, and her family decided to join the hundreds of thousands of people gathering in NYC for the recent climate rally. Mixed in with the inspiration and magic found at the march was a realization of what drives our decisions and how we can become our own advocate without compromising our values.

There’s this great quote attributed to Theodore Roosevelt that says, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”… very wise wonderful words for parents indeed. When our children encounter difficulties, when they run into brick walls or have a problem that needs to be solved, we need to meet them where they are, help them grow with what they already have in a way that they can. This month in “Hindsight Parenting,” Logan shares her challenge and strategy to meet your daughter where she is with her separation anxiety as she ventures off to kindergarten.

Congrats to Candice…her first baby has been born!! The toddlers in her daycare are bursting with excitement. Introducing “chocolate chip” (the toddlers’ name for the new arrival) into the toddler ecosystem is now the next step. Candice is armed with insightful ways to approach this. Read on to see how…

Packing your first born off to college can be heart breaking. Your heart bursts with pride but then comes the emotional hangover, and the “tear triggers.” They are EVERYWHERE! Logan gives some insightful tips to help avoid those situations where memories flood in and melancholy takes over. Read on…

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.

Back to school means the inevitability of separation anxiety. It can be quite harrowing for a child but it’s in this time that they learn to trust. In “Let them Grow,” Candice gives great direction on how to transition into going back to school, and how to turn separation anxiety into an adventure.

Logan shares her poignant observations of her daughter finding her feet and developing her own independence. It’s an arresting experience because it may seem that the biggest threat to parenting is a child’s developing self-sufficiency. The mind can’t help but race to a future where your child learns to swim un-aided to your child growing up and going to college. Read on for some touching insights into something all parents must feel…

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