Lara Stewart-Panko

Grief Is Not A Dirty Word

Sep 05 2018

This past year has been quite full of grief for me. In the past 12 months I’ve lost my “BFF” (I ended the relationship after struggling mightily for several years), my father died, my husband and I came to learn he has a neurological condition that significantly impacts many areas of life, my brother died […]

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40 Songs to Sing with Your Little One

Apr 12 2018

I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I want to sing with a wee one, my full repertoire of songs escapes me. So, after saying I was going to do so on many occasions, I’m finally making list of songs for future reference. Some are widely known, others not so much. My hectic schedule […]

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Got Compassion?

Mar 12 2018

The image accompanying this post is what I put on our family’s bathroom whiteboard this morning. Little did I know how soon I’d need to apply these reminders. It was a relatively easy morning. I left for work as per usual, heading onto a parkway where the speed limit is 90km. It was snowing gently […]

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What Might 20 Years of Marriage Hold?

Feb 21 2018

Well, in the case of myself and my partner, Kevin, we can count: Thousands of smiles, tears, laughs and hugs. Hundreds of challenging parenting moments, thousands of rewarding ones. A few dozen times apart for multi-week stretches due to tour and other travel (Kevin is in the music industry). A time or two where we […]

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Peace & Parenthood : The Growth My Child Has Inspired

Sep 21 2017

My son, Sam, was born on September 21st, 2002, poetically on the U.N. International Day of Peace that’s observed around the globe each year. Sam has been an ambassador for peace, indeed. I’m fond of saying that if we play parenthood well, we use this tremendous opportunity to grow ourselves into better human beings. Our […]

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Responding to Emotional Injury with Emotional First Aid

Sep 07 2017

Today started fairly typically. After making breakfast I got started with my workday and sat down to check email. That’s when things got atypical. One email was quite upsetting. Nasty, actually. I rarely encounter such things these days as I’m blessed with an abundance of tremendously kind, conscious, mature people in my world. But, I still […]

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Where Does She Work?

Aug 10 2017

Pet peeve: When someone is a stay-at-home parent — most often a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) — how they spend their day is often not regarded as work. Running a household, caring for a child or children, caring for other family members, friends, pets, organizing lots and trying not to forget stuff in the process…all that is […]

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The Goodness of Guided Relaxations

Aug 07 2017

Let’s think about this rationally: Q – When do we most need to relax? A – When we’re tense, stressed and overtaxed. Q – When we’re tense, stressed and overtaxed, are we well-positioned to care for ourselves? A – Nope. Q – So when we’re in need of relaxation, could we benefit from some external […]

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We’re All Good

Aug 04 2017

Somewhere during my pregnancy I picked up the conviction that I would never call my son a “good boy” nor a “bad boy”, and to date, I never have. I’ve said plenty of other things I wish I could take back, but at least I’ve been able to keep the sweeping labels out of our […]

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Mothering & Mindfulness: 5 Myths & Truths

Aug 02 2017

Mindfulness is a powerful tool for enhancing the quality of our lives, and this can be particularly true when it comes to mothering. Let’s have a look at some common misunderstandings that can stand in the way of us making use of this free, portable support: Myth #1: Mindfulness is for Buddhists/yogis/New Agers/etc. Truth: While […]

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