To Control Yourself… Know Yourself

July 10, 2018

One of my favorite quotes is… “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom” – Aristotle    So many parents share with me how their biggest struggle is to keep from snapping at their kiddos. They get angry, feel resentful, and find themselves just overall frustrated….then they do or say something they wish they had not. Ouch. We have all been there.  Many of you know I am a recovering yeller. I get it…really I do. … Read more

Anyone else counting the days until school starts again?

June 30, 2018

I LOVE the routine of the school year. Sure…sometimes someone is home sick or some other bump in the road appears, but in general I have some semblance of certainty as to when I can get my work done. Then the weekend comes and we can PLAY! I also LOVE working from home…but not so much during the summer months. And yes, I’m sure if we were heading off to some tropical location or lake… Read more

Sometimes we all need a little taming of the ego…

June 15, 2018

One of the greatest gifts mindfulness has given me is the ability to watch my ego roar and not take it too seriously.  Sitting in meditation while watching thoughts go by again, and again, and again… seriously lends itself to understanding how wacky the mind can be.  However…last week, a book talk I gave at Google on Mindful Parenting went live on YouTube. This is exciting right? Well….it was until I saw that the only three comments posted… Read more

Free Webinar- The Joy of Teenagers Through the Lens of Mindful Awareness

May 24, 2018

The teenage years are filled with so much possibility. They are some of the most creative, inquisitive, and growth oriented times of our lives, yet parents often cringe when considering life with a teen. Join Jessica Morey, Executive Director of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education and Michelle Gale, Author of Mindful Parenting in a Messy World as they explore the essential questions parents must ask to cultivate deeper connection and trust within themselves and with their… Read more

Book Talk at the San Francisco Zen Center

October 23, 2017

Join Michelle at she is interviewed by Meg Levie from the San Francisco Zen Center about her book Mindful Parenting in a Messy World. http://sfzc.org/ Read more

Google Parenting Workshop

October 23, 2017

If you are lucky enough to work for Google please join Michelle for a parenting workshop/retreat.  Read more

Michelle was interviewed for the Happily Family Online Parenting Conference

May 20, 2017

Check out the Conference details here. Read more

The 4 Telltale Signs of a Good Enough Mindful Parent

September 8, 2016

A mindful parent is wise, calm, and always knows just what to do in any given parenting situation. Right? Right? Maybe not so much. I began focusing on parenting mindfully about eight years ago, and at that time one of my main goals was to stay calm and not get angry. How do you think that worked out for me? Well…I pretty much ended up feeling like a failure every time I didn’t feel calm… Read more

Nope. I can't do it all. Now What?

March 24, 2016

I recently found myself walking in circles in my unorganized office. My head was spinning with all of the responsibilities and projects I currently had on my plate. The list seemed endless. I was homeschooling my youngest son for the first time this year, entering my second year of graduate school, working with a few new coaching clients, speaking to publishers about a book I had written, managing my household, and oh yes…parenting! My to-do… Read more

Compassion (For Ourselves!) as the Key to Parenting

March 24, 2016

I’m not sure any group of people walking the planet are harder on themselves than parents. Geez. We do not give ourselves a break.Anyone else besides me ever think to themselves…I’m totally screwing up my kids.Oh man, I shouldn’t have said that. They are never going to forgive me.I’m a terrible parent. Seriously. I suck at it.Why did I raise my voice in anger again? I’m hopeless.My children’s future spouse is going to hate me… Read more

The Gift of Natural Consequences

March 24, 2016

Last night as my son was leaving for basketball practice I noticed he was wearing a long sleeved shirt under his practice jersey. I let him know I thought he would be hot once he started running but he said he would be fine. When he came home he was covered in sweat and had his long sleeved shirt in his hand. My initial reaction was to mention that I had been right somehow… but… Read more

Exploring Conscious Parenting with the Wisdom 2.0 Community

March 24, 2016

Parenting in our exceedingly connected wired world can leave mothers, fathers, and caretakers alike wondering how to manage it all. The fast pace of life, combined with the use of multiple devices draws our attention away from our loved ones. At the same time, many of us notice our inner world beckoning us back for deeper connection. What actions do we take to find peace amidst it all?We have all observed with sadness entire families… Read more