Slamming doors. Cursing. Screaming. Stony silences. Constant criticizing. Throw in threats of suicide. This out of control 13 year old behavior, is unfortunately the behavior of many parents.
And if this is you, you need to know your kids are taking it all in. They feel the tension when the two of you are smoldering. They cringe when their parents argue about them. They become clingy when one parent threatens to leave. They retreat emotionally as the tension rises. Teachers notice something’s wrong even thought parents don’t. A seven-year study published in Child Development in 2012 showed that Kindergarteners whose parents fought with each other frequently and harshly were more likely to grow into emotionally insecure older children who struggled with depression, anxiety and behavior issues by 7th grade.Continue reading →
A mature female salmon’s purpose is to make it to her natal river to lay her eggs and get them fertilized by a male before she dies. Kind of macabre, but having a clear purpose and goal is what’s important here. The female salmon’s journey starts in the salt-water ocean.
When she is ready to spawn, she swims thousands of miles to fresh water rivers and streams.On her journey she is met with poachers, sport fishermen who catch and release, fishermen who catch for profit, bears, birds of prey, wolves, and other voraciously hungry mammals.
Part of her journey also includes jumping upstream through a strong waterfall to get up to her natal river or stream.Against all odds, many females make it to their natal river to spawn.Continue reading →
In April we were excited to launch the brand new Intent.com app!
After building a family online, we were excited to take that family out into the world and allow you to share your intents as they happen. It has been wonderful to see the marriage of words and images, your feelings paired with that what you are seeing.
I have always associated “Mothers Day” as a Hallmark holiday, and thus have truly resented it. And in recent years, its also become a time when I am inundated with requests to write articles.
As someone who runs my own editorial calendar for www.intentblog.com , I know there is higher search, sponsorship opportunities, and popularity on this theme so strategically it’s a good idea for a media platform to honor moms this week.
Today is National Sibling Day!
You get to choose a lot of things in this life, but your family is not one of those things. Still, family requires intention to become strong, listening and loving. Continue reading →
“You’re short on ears and long on mouth.”
We all know how possible it is to be completely surrounded by people and still feel alone.
Physical proximity counts for a lot less if that presence isn’t felt through knowing and being known. At the same time, our brains are receiving and processing information lightning fast. Out attentions dart from a person to our phone to the car driving by to the sound we heard behind us. Listening takes focus. And because of that, listening can be one of the best and easiest ways to convey that you care. Continue reading →
About two years ago, I approached my father (Deepak Chopra) with a confession. I told him I was generally exhausted, over caffeinated and my sugar addiction was out of control. I realized I was overscheduled trying to balance my role as a wife, mom, and entrepreneur with Intent.com, my start-up social media company. I felt bloated and had a lot of body pain. I hadn’t been meditating or exercising much, and at night I was having trouble sleeping. My father looked shell shocked, and it took a few moments for him to transition from concerned father to Deepak Chopra, the person that thousands go to for health advice. Continue reading →
Most of us need and want more connection and closeness with those in our lives.However, we have many things that keep us separate and distant from them.
What creates closeness and loving connections with those we love?
There are many theories and methods people have touted as keys to creating loving and close relationships, but I am reminded today by my own 10 year old wise one about what is the #1 thing that creates closeness for him. Continue reading →