A Taste of The Daring Way.

21 Mar

Jenn Peppers is a Professional Certified Coach and Daring Way Facilitator who gave us a taste of Dr. Brene Brown’s research and work.

Dr. Brene Brown, author of Daring Greatly, has been featured on national media and rose to fame in 2010 after her TED talk on vulnerability.  She followed up with another TED talk on shame, that resonated with thousands of people. You may remember hearing about Brene Brown this time last year in MomTime during the morning inspiration.

The Power of Vulnerability:

Listening to Shame:

Dr. Brown has developed a coaching method called The Daring Way, which encourages people to develop shame resiliency.

This morning Jenn led us through an exercise in shame by asking us to write down the answer to this question: “As a mom, I am too _________.” We posted our sticky notes on a board and read the responses.  Words like impatient, critical, and controlling jumped out at us.  We are hard on ourselves, but we all learned that we are not alone in our feelings.

We discussed the following questions in small groups after writing down our own answers:

1. As a mom, in what ways or under what circumstances are you most likely to question whether or not you are enough or too much?
2. How do you want to show up and be seen as a mom?
3. What does it mean for you to dare greatly as a mom?
4. In what ways as a mom are you choosing comfort? Courage?
5. What permission do you need to give yourself as a mom?
6. What help do you need? From whom?
7. Are you willing to ask for help?

A mom with 33 years of experience shared her answer to daring greatly as a mom: “Let go and don’t lose yourself.”

Today’s session was just the tip of the iceberg on a fascinating topic that we can all relate to.  If you are interested in reading Dr. Brown’s book Daring Greatly and meeting twice a month to discuss it, email Jenn Nutter who is organizing the book club.

Jenn Peppers is hosting a one-day workshop on The Daring Way on April 12.  She also leads small groups through an eight-week course on The Daring Way, so if you would like to join one of her courses (perhaps with other MomTimers?) please visit Jenn’s website, Verge Coaching, to contact her.

March 21 Announcements.

21 Mar

MomTime Summer Session: starting in June.  We will follow a book club format on the 2nd Friday of June/July/August, reading The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness. Childcare and breakfast will be provided.  On the 4th Fridays we will meet for playdates/outings with our children, including a kid-friendly hike with Mountain Mamas.

Summer Bake Sale: This will be held in June, but the exact Sunday is TBD.  Haley will let us know the details soon.

Service Project: In collaboration with a Montview (church) work trip, we are collecting school supplies for children in Zimbabwe.  The Presbyterian church there is building a school and needs supplies.  Molly and Francine can provide further details if you have questions.

Spring Party: the party is being rescheduled for later in May, so stay tuned!  Thank you to Alisa for hosting us.

Dads’ Night Out: if your husband is interested in meeting the husbands of MomTime members, please send his email address to Chris Beardsley (husband to Linda) who coordinates DNO.  They meet once a month in the evening, usually at a bar or restaurant.

Camping Trip: there are still cabins available for the MomTime camping trip on August 1-3 in Grand Lake.  If we do not fill our block of cabins, we need to let the campground know ASAP so they can release them to other interested parties.  Please call soon if you want to join in the fun! 1-800-ELK-CREEK.

Colfax Marathon Relay Team: Chris Campbell is organizing teams for the Colfax Marathon on May 18.  Relay legs are around 4-6 miles.  We have three teams signed up, but if you would like to form another team or if you’re planning to run as an individual you can still meet up with everyone for the post-race celebration.  We are going to design t-shirts for MomTime’s team Running Like Mothers. Cheerleaders are welcome – we’re going to need encouragement as some of us haven’t run in a while! Please email Chirs for more information.

Playdates: 2nd Tues. and 4th Wed. of each month (coming up on 3/26).  Casey will send out an evite.

Lunch Bunch: Mon., Mar. 24 at Rocky Mountain Chili Bowl.  Linda sent the Evite.  Next month’s will be the 4th Monday in April at Little India.

MNO: Thur., Apr. 11. Look for an evite soon from Kathy.

Montview Summer Sacred Art Camphttp://montview.org/2014/01/31/summer-sacred-art-at-montview/

Intro to Brown’s Daring Greatly.

18 Mar

Join us this Friday for MomTime for an introduction to Brene Brown.  Our session will be facilitated by Jenn Peppers, Professional Certified Coach and Daring Way Facilitator Candidate. Jenn has been a life coach since 2003 and specializes in life and career transition. She helps clients dare to engage change in a way that leads to greater freedom and authenticity. Jenn also is a mom and fellow Stapleton neighbor!

Encouraging a Love for Reading.

7 Mar

What was the first book you remember reading as a child?
Do you own a copy today?
Do you kids like the story too?

Kathy Bruce, a lifelong book lover,  is a Lead Teacher and the Assistant Director at Montview Community Preschool and Kindergarten, which is located in the space just below our MomTime hallway at Montview.  She started our session today by asking us to ponder the above questions.  It certainly brought back good memories for many of us, and inspired a few to locate copies of their favorite childhood stories.

Recommended resources for finding children’s books:

Kathy’s handout has lots of good information on encouraging a strong relationship with books.  Click here to download it: Book Presentation for MomTime

To contact Kathy, you can email her at kathy@montviewpreschool.org

 

Announcements – March 7.

7 Mar

To view previous announcements, click on the Announcements tag in the right-hand column on this page.  Here are today’s…

Dads’ Night Out: if your husband is interested in meeting the husbands of MomTime members, please send his email address to Chris Beardsley (husband to Linda) who coordinates DNO.  They meet once a month in the evening, usually at a bar or restaurant.

Camping Trip: there are still cabins available for the MomTime camping trip on August 1-3 in Grand Lake.  If we do not fill our block of cabins, we need to let the campground know ASAP so they can release them to other interested parties.  Please call soon if you want to join in the fun! 1-800-ELK-CREEK.

Colfax Marathon Relay Team: Chris Campbell is organizing teams for the Colfax Marathon on May 18.  Relay legs are around 4-6 miles.  Please email her for more information.

Inspire Your Children to Love Reading.

5 Mar

Join us this Friday, March 7 for a fantastic session led by Kathy Bruce, a Lifelong Book Lover, Lead Teacher and Assistant Director at Montview Community Preschool and Kindergarten, who will be speaking on “Reading Revisited: Good books, Great Authors and How to Inspire Your Child to LOVE Reading!”  

The presentation will include ideas about how to keep the joy in reading, resources for locating good quality books or books on specific topics, building your child’s home library, and how to balance books and movies.  There will be lots of time for individual questions and discussion.  Please BRING YOUR favorite children’s books from your own childhood, and think about why these may have stood the test of time.

February 21 Announcements.

21 Feb

Announcements: 

Next Playdate: 2nd Tues. and 4th Wed. of each month (coming up on Tues., Mar. 11)
MNO: Thur., Mar. 13 (look for an evite soon!)
MomTime Survey for Fall 2013: 
 Just in case you have not had a chance to fill out the survey for the MomTime session last Fall, we would love to hear your feedback!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MomTimeFall2013
MomTime Leadership Team: Interested in being part of the leadership of our group?  We always welcome new members!  Please talk to Anna or Leah if this is something that interests you.
Childcare: Thank you for noting your child’s age on the Evite – it really helps us plan staff accordingly!  We are looking for a few toys to add to the MomTime Childcare room.  The toys are only used by MomTime (this room is not open to young kids during Sunday School) so we would appreciate any donations you can give.  Here is the wishlist: tunnel for crawling through, dollhouse, Lego-Duplo/building toys.  Please ensure any donations are safe for young toddlers – no small parts or pinching/choking hazards!
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