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Rachel Macy Stafford

Words We Cannot Afford To Keep From Our Children

Rachel Macy Stafford | Posted 03.28.2016 | Parents
Rachel Macy Stafford

What was given to me at the airport -- comfort, assurance, security, and validation -- should be given to all children, and the time is now.

Vow to Breathe

Rachel Macy Stafford | Posted 09.08.2015 | Books
Rachel Macy Stafford

During my highly-distracted years, life was a blur -- the to-do lists took over ... my life was a constant mad dash to a finish line that couldn't be reached ... and my devices were gripped more tightly than the hands of my loved ones.

4 Awesome Ways To Live A 'Hands-Free Life'

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 09.08.2015 | Healthy Living

No matter how many times you tell yourself to unplug and live in the present, it can be so difficult to do. The phone rings. The baby cries. The work ...

How To Live A More Device-Free Life -- And Why You Might Want To

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 09.10.2015 | Technology

You don't really need a study to tell you smartphones distract you -- but the research is definitely there. Hearing a notification on your device can ...

The Single Most Important Parenting Action We Can Take Today

Rachel Macy Stafford | Posted 09.08.2015 | Parents
Rachel Macy Stafford

I am now the parent of two beautiful girls. One of my vows when they were born was to pass my father's soul-building gift of listening on to them.

The 3-Second Pause That Can Save A Morning And Spare Some Pain

Rachel Macy Stafford | Posted 08.31.2015 | Parents
Rachel Macy Stafford

It was my children's first day back to school after a two-week holiday break. The school bus was due to pull up to the corner in four minutes. My daughters were doing their last-minute gathering of shoes, coats, water bottles, and lunches.

8 Ways To Make A Not-So-Good Day Better

Rachel Macy Stafford | Posted 08.07.2015 | Parents
Rachel Macy Stafford

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the tasks ahead of you, remind yourself that you do not have to do them all at once -- just one. Just start with one

The One Question That Can Also Be An Answer

Rachel Macy Stafford | Posted 06.21.2015 | Parents
Rachel Macy Stafford

Ask the question. Throw out a specific way you can help. Perhaps your offer will be accepted. Perhaps it won't. But you can bet that deep down in that person's soul, there will be relief -- sweet, sweet relief.

Children Who Shine From Within

Rachel Macy Stafford | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Rachel Macy Stafford

Maybe you know a Firefly. Maybe you love a Firefly. If you do, please don't wait. Don't wait for someone to hand him an award or a give her a certificate to make their talents and gifts "official."

The Only Reminders I Need When I've Had Enough

Rachel Macy Stafford | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Rachel Macy Stafford

Sometimes I find myself sitting behind the wheel of the car thinking, Enough. But then something happens to pull me out of my negative abyss and set my head on straight.

How To Choose What Really Matters

Posted 01.24.2014 | Parents

This is the second installment of our Stress-Less Parenting Challenge with Hands Free Mama, Rachel Macy Stafford. Read her introduction to the worksho...

One Word That Helped Me Stand Up To My Inner Bully

Rachel Macy Stafford | Posted 03.23.2014 | Parents
Rachel Macy Stafford

If you think badgering, bullying, or constantly correcting your child will make him or her more likable, more confident, or more successful, please reconsider. Because the truth is this: It's hard to love yourself with a bully breathing down your neck.

What I Would Have Missed If I Didn't Make A Life Change

Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents

This is the first installment of our Stress-Less Parenting Challenge with Hands Free Mama, Rachel Macy Stafford. Read her introduction to the workshop...

Join Our Workshop With 'Hands Free Mama'

Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

Over the last six months, millions of HuffPost Parents readers have read and shared posts by blogger Rachel Macy Stafford, aka "Hands Free Mama." Her ...