Mediation Advantage Services May 2018

SLOW DOWN, LIVE IN THE MOMENT, BE PRESENT

Moms and dads of young children have a lot to think about. We get it. You’re trying to figure it all out as you go, do your best, parent the “right” way (spoiler — there’s no such thing), and make sure you are giving your kids the attention they need. ADVICE TO PARENTS OF YOUNG KIDS

2. Self-care will help you be a better parent. One of the best steps you can take as a parent is to take care of yourself. After all, you can’t care for your children if you’re not healthy. In addition, your kids will pick up on you demonstrating healthy habits like exercise. Maybe you can even take a yoga or gym class together! 3. Practice gratitude. Did you know that recalling the good parts of your day can make you feel happier? Put the science into practice by taking a moment each day to write down three things you’re grateful for. You can also include your kids in this practice: Ask them what they enjoyed about their day, or something that made them feel happy. Being a parent can feel overwhelming at times, but the hard work of raising children will blossom into something incredible as they grow up. If we recognize that we all have areas for improvement in our lives and focus on one or two of them at a time, then we can make space for what matters in life. Are you a parent who could benefit from improved communication with your former spouse? Join our Co-Parenting Program, beginning May 22, and learn communication strategies from attorney and mediator Polly Tatum. Contact Mediation Advantage Services for your application.

How do you get through it? Slow down, live in the moment, and be present.

We’re all guilty of not being present in the moment, and some of us even before we had kids. But if there’s one thing you can change, it’s to slow down and make some space to appreciate what’s right in front of you. Here are few ways to do that. 1. Unplug from the noise. As Polly mentioned on the cover, spending time without electronic devices is healthy for everybody and will contribute to achieving the goal of slowing down. In the absence of blaring music, TV, and Instagram accounts, you might find the peace and quiet you’ve been seeking.

MONTHLY CHALLENGE PUT AWAY THE PHONES! Our challenge to you this month? One day this week, put all the electronic devices in a drawer, set the oven timer to one hour, and spend those 60 minutes talking and interacting with your kids. That’s it — just one hour! Trust us, it will be worth it.

Zucchini and summer squash are arriving on grocery store shelves. Here is a great way to take these humble, delicious vegetables to the next level. This easy dish is perfect for early summer.

INGREDIENTS

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2 teaspoons fresh thyme

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1 zucchini

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

1 summer squash

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 medium red onion

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS

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Season with salt and pepper; cook 4–5 minutes until squash barely begins to caramelize.

1. Cut zucchini into 1/4-inch-thick semicircles. Dice onion. 2. Heat a large skillet to medium high. Add olive oil, onion, and thyme. 3. Once onion is soft (about 2 minutes), add zucchini and squash.

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4. Place in serving bowl and top with feta.

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