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Creative Spirit, Playful Discipline

Creative Spirit, Playful Discipline

By Marisa Raymond
Life is messy. Kids are messy. Parenting is messy!

But, messy can be good.

To paraphrase Mrs. Frizzle, it means you're taking chances, making mistakes, and learning.

Creative Spirit, Playful Discipline is for parents who want to embrace their uniqueness, shatter the "shoulds", and find a rallying cry for their families so they can create fun, magical messy memories to last a lifetime.
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Creative Spirit, Playful Discipline

Parenting Tough Love
Parenting is the world's hardest job. Sometimes, you need a little help. In this episode, which I recorded after a particularly emotional interaction with my 13-year-old son, I share what I'm learning about how to show up for and empower a child when you've been triggered.
January 19, 2021
4 simple phrases for forgiveness and healing.
Ho'oponopono is a traditional Hawaiian ritual for forgiveness and healing. I learned it last year when I was working with a spiritual mentor on healing ancestral wounds. Wow! It was so powerful, that I have started talking about it with everyone! Even my children. All it takes is a few minutes and a few simple phrases.
May 21, 2020
Play Everyday!
Do you play everyday? What does it look like?
May 19, 2020
A mindset shift towards embracing your mistakes
I always talk about the Mrs Frizzle quote: take chances, make mistakes, get messy. It's one of my mantras. But, I'll be honest, I struggle with embracing my own mistakes. This is when my inner critic comes by and starts pounding on the door.  Then, the other day, I heard a quote during a guided meditation and it was light a lightning bolt of realization. A new way to define mistakes. And, it's changing my perspective already! Take a listen and let me know what you think. How will you look at your mistakes differently now?
May 12, 2020
A simple exercise to quiet your inner critic
We all have an inner critic, negative self-talk that, oftentimes, gets louder when we least expect and require it. This is a simple tool that was shared with me and has really helped me quiet that inner critic. By the way, naming your inner critic is also a great way to dissociate from her. Mine is named Marsha. I wrote more about her - and this exercise - here:
May 8, 2020
2 Minutes to a Calmer You (and Calmer Children too!)
When I started teaching yoga and mindfulness to children in schools here in France, I learned quite quickly that it really helped them to move to stay focused and calm. And, it turns out, it helps me a lot too. In this short meditation, you will grow from a seed to a tall, strong, tree. You can either lie down and imagine yourself growing or, if you want to move, start off on the ground and slowly rise up as you grow bigger and bigger. Or watch the video version of this meditation (with movement included) over on my youtube channel:
May 6, 2020
What To Say When You Don't Know What To Say
As parents, sometimes your kids ask you hard questions.  What do you say when you don't have the answer?
May 5, 2020
It's OK to feel ALL the feelings.
Be where you are. As we collectively grieve during this period of extreme loss, I'm reminded of what Brené Brown says: "you can't selectively numb." Feel into your feelings. Even the bad ones.
May 4, 2020
What does Creative Spirit, Playful Discipline Mean?
It's my mantra, my manifesto, my purpose. To show up in this world as a creative spirit. To create structure and discipline with a playful foundation. Because, let's face it, life is messy and hard. But, as Mary Poppins says, "in every job that must be done, there is an element of fun."  Seeking out the fun has allowed me to show up in this world in a way that feels, unapologetically, wonderful. It makes me feel more connected to the innocence and joy of childhood while still getting my adult stuff done.  That's why I named this series Creative Spirit, Playful Discipline. To remind me that life's a series of contradictions and we get to enjoy it! Aren't we lucky?
April 28, 2020
Planting seeds
As Spring starts to spring, the planting seeds metaphor really resonates. What seeds are you planting in your own garden of personal development growth? And what seeds are you tending to that were planted by others? That aren't yours to care for? What do you need to release? And what do you want to embrace?
April 28, 2020