Lara Stewart-Panko

Woman Down! 5 Ways to Fill Your Cup While Actively Parenting

Apr 25 2020

Putting our kids first is what we do the vast majority of the time…and some of us do so to the point of unhealthy imbalance. There are certainly worse mistakes to make as parents, AND it’s still important to recognize if things are out of whack. In addition to communicating directly and enforcing boundaries well: […]

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Birthing During a Pandemic

Apr 11 2020

I had a chat with a virtual doula client yesterday who is expecting her first baby’s arrival very soon. Understandably, she’s processing extra fears given Covid-19 and all its implications for social distancing and what it can mean to be in a hospital. Surprisingly, it came out that she thought she was unique in “freaking […]

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Sweet, Sacred Teamwork

Mar 21 2020

As concerns about Covid-19 became murmurs in Canada, I was one of those who at first was skeptical, thinking it was less serious than the flu. Within days I realized how wrong I had been. Here is my family’s story: My husband left to tour the US & Canada (he’s in the music industry) a […]

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I Just Wanna Say

Dec 27 2019

Now, or at any point in time, I would hope that my kid would feel/think/know/say that he was loved, that his mom was a kickass human who did well (though not perfectly) by him, that he has plenty of good memories and he’s learned from the woman he knows as Mom, whether he learned lessons […]

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Mother of the World

Sep 15 2019

This Sunday morning in September I rode my bike — hair and teeth bearing the signs of sleep — to a neighbourhood park to enjoy communing with Nature. I took a paved path in, coasted past the children’s playground and tennis courts to begin the long route that circled the naturalized storm pond. Wildflowers and […]

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My 10-Day Silent Retreat – Part 2

Aug 16 2019

I had wanted to attend a silent retreat for several years, but the one in Portugal I’d had my eye on never lined up in my schedule. It was a wonderful surprise when the Mexico retreat came across my radar as it worked in every which way, including being the particular spiritual tradition I wanted: […]

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My 10-Day Silent Retreat – Part 1

Aug 16 2019

In late April of 2019 I embarked on a 10-day silent mediation retreat in a remote coastal town in Mexico. I went alone (though I lied to my mother and told her I was going with a friend to save her a bunch of worry). Prior to the retreat I had meditated with some regularity […]

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Motherhood, My Self-Compromise & Moving Back to Integrity

Apr 19 2019

In my childbirth ed classes I often tell expectant parents: “Parenthood is the best self-development program in existence, if you make use of it to that end.” While I wish I could’ve known much of what I’ve learned from parenting without having to be a parent, my reality is that I simply wouldn’t have gotten […]

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Creating a Breastfeeding Plan

Mar 13 2019

In the past decade or so, birth plans have become commonplace. Yay! Guess what next deserves to be a well-recognized tool? A breastfeeding plan. I recently interviewed Nicole McHardy, Lactation Consultant (LC), to gain her thoughts about the purpose of a breastfeeding plan. You can check out the complete interview here. So what can a […]

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A Fun Song for Fall

Oct 07 2018

The importance of interactive music for your child’s development is detailed in the 101 Days of Joyful Babyhood program. Interactive music is when we do more than just listen: we sing, play instruments, dance, do actions, tap out the rhythm… Plus, enjoying music with your little one brings you mental health benefits, too! Below is one […]

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