Living Brave

Our society has taught us being brave looks like the loud voice, bold clothing, making a stand or statement.  The truth is most of the time bold steps are not about bravery but are about position and protection.  The bolder we are in these contexts often the further we find ourselves from others.  We make the grand statement and walk …

What is Neurological Parenting?

Someone asked me the other day, “What is neurological parenting?“. They asked because there is so much out there on parenting; so many dos, so many don’ts, so many right ways, and so many wrong ways. It’s interesting to me that we are oversaturated with opinions in an area which most people fail to adequately explain or discuss. I believe this …

Responding to challenge: a different way than cortisol

So yesterday I wrote an introduction blog to cortisol around some of my recent learning and wonderings. But today, as I have been thinking more and more about it, I wanted to unpack it at a deeper level. I know the brain loves to be balanced – it likes to keep it all the same. It does not like threat, fright …

Cortisol and Chronic Stress

After running our first “Unveiling Anxiety Neurologically” and as I’m preparing for the “Unveiling Weight-Loss Neurologically”, I have been thinking about cortisol (a steroid hormone) and the damage which can be caused if the levels are too high. Let’s be clear: we need some level of cortisol as it helps us function, but under chronic stress cortisol levels become too high, …

Unveiling Parenting Neurologically

Parenting: the most stretching, vulnerable journey we will ever walk. Why? Because it involves all of us. It’s not something we can give some of ourselves to. It positions us to see ourselves in ways we never imagined. It stretches and changes us. It’s an emotional roller-coaster full of joy and pleasure, triumph, tragedy and pain. We read books and …