Pooja Motl | Author. Natural Foods Chef. Lifestyle Purist.

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Photo: “The quality of your mind determines the quality of your life”. When we work on this for ourselves we bring the best gift to our children. Saw this powerful quote this morning – a must share.
“The quality of your mind determines the quality of your life”. When we work on this for ourselves we bring the best gift to our children. Saw this powerful quote this morning – a must share.
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Photo: As a mom, my biggest goal is to raise a happy, secure child. To me FAMILY is at the center of that happiness and security. As each year passes I want my kids to feel greater bonds to their family. That growth comes from the experiences I can provide for them and the MEMORIES we create together. Memories! I’m obsessed! Pictures, dated artwork, discussions…whatever I can do to instill memories of good times with mom, dad, and family. We do certainly need to augment and equalize education, but augmenting FAMILY to me should be a policy issue. What do you do to promote strong family bonds with your kids?
As a mom, my biggest goal is to raise a happy, secure child. To me FAMILY is at the center of that happiness and security. As each year passes I want my kids to feel greater bonds to their family. That growth comes from the experiences I can provide for them and the MEMORIES we create together. Memories! I’m obsessed! Pictures, dated artwork, discussions…whatever I can do to instill memories of good times with mom, dad, and family. We do certainly need to augment and equalize education, but augmenting FAMILY to me should be a policy issue. What do you do to promote strong family bonds with your kids?
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Photo: Life in full color. #raisingthenextgeneration #thegiftofparenting #staygrateful
Life in full color. #raisingthenextgeneration #thegiftofparenting #staygrateful
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Photo: Most of the time I’m not thinking about it…but I am a role model for my daughters every minute of everyday. Being physically strong is up there on my list of must-haves. Apart from being incredibly fun, challenging your body with strength, mobility and cardio training for me leads to gains in every other aspect of my life performance. Academic research has shown strong connections between playing sports and increases in self-concept and motivation for leadership in girls. The more we get girls playing sports, the more we can close the gender gap in tech, politics, and other jobs of the future. My daughter is about to make some of my classic gymnastics tricks her introductory ones…and I CANNOT wait to see her proud of her continued practice and advancing skills that will form the foundation for what she believes she is capable of, and to what extent she’s willing to work hard to get what she wants out of life. Physical health begets mental health over and over and over. Rinse and repeat. Oh…and what the heck is my younger one doing???? 😮
Most of the time I’m not thinking about it…but I am a role model for my daughters every minute of everyday. Being physically strong is up there on my list of must-haves. Apart from being incredibly fun, challenging your body with strength, mobility and cardio training for me leads to gains in every other aspect of my life performance. Academic research has shown strong connections between playing sports and increases in self-concept and motivation for leadership in girls. The more we get girls playing sports, the more we can close the gender gap in tech, politics, and other jobs of the future. My daughter is about to make some of my classic gymnastics tricks her introductory ones…and I CANNOT wait to see her proud of her continued practice and advancing skills that will form the foundation for what she believes she is capable of, and to what extent she’s willing to work hard to get what she wants out of life. Physical health begets mental health over and over and over. Rinse and repeat. Oh…and what the heck is my younger one doing???? 😮
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Photo: I don’t think there’s enough gratitude to pass on to our children for the amount of awesomeness they share with us and the world. Today I wondered inside my head why many adults miss the “little things” that are the “biggest things” to kids: curiosity in everything, delight in music and singing, joy in dancing, warmth in sharing food with others, mesmerized by nature. The “slow life” is missing from modern American life. And what is it making us? Are we happier and healthier? Or just constantly chasing the buck? I’m blessed to have these kids keeping me honest. How about you?
I don’t think there’s enough gratitude to pass on to our children for the amount of awesomeness they share with us and the world. Today I wondered inside my head why many adults miss the “little things” that are the “biggest things” to kids: curiosity in everything, delight in music and singing, joy in dancing, warmth in sharing food with others, mesmerized by nature. The “slow life” is missing from modern American life. And what is it making us? Are we happier and healthier? Or just constantly chasing the buck? I’m blessed to have these kids keeping me honest. How about you?
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Photo: I’m not sure about the term”Girl Power”? May that incorrectly suggest that girls NEED power and boys already HAVE it? Research into these linguistics would probably be helpful and thinking more about the way we talk to our girls can help. Surely the facts lay clear that their are gender gaps everywhere and greater, more nefarious inequities in places where legal systems are weak. In my book, physical strength begets mental strength and confidence. Perhaps we should start rethinking why boys begin competitive sports at young ages more so than girls? Research suggests sports competition builds self-confidence at young ages. I wonder how society would change if we started to emphasize more physical fitness and athleticism in our young girls?
I’m not sure about the term”Girl Power”? May that incorrectly suggest that girls NEED power and boys already HAVE it? Research into these linguistics would probably be helpful and thinking more about the way we talk to our girls can help. Surely the facts lay clear that their are gender gaps everywhere and greater, more nefarious inequities in places where legal systems are weak. In my book, physical strength begets mental strength and confidence. Perhaps we should start rethinking why boys begin competitive sports at young ages more so than girls? Research suggests sports competition builds self-confidence at young ages. I wonder how society would change if we started to emphasize more physical fitness and athleticism in our young girls?
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Photo: Here is my daughter dying eggs with her Grandpa. She is lucky to have another engaged and supportive figure in her life other than her parents. Someone she can learn life lessons from and the wisdom that only comes from years of living, learning and contemplating. Not every child in America has a unified network of support. And certainly success cannot be had alone. Behind almost every success story are family members or loved ones that have enabled it. The playing field can only be equalized and human potential can only be reached by ensuring strong families and strong centers of support for our young people such as community organizations, teachers, and family friends. I wonder how, in such a fast paced modern life, we can hold onto these bonds even tighter.  #familyunit #villagesofsupport
Here is my daughter dying eggs with her Grandpa. She is lucky to have another engaged and supportive figure in her life other than her parents. Someone she can learn life lessons from and the wisdom that only comes from years of living, learning and contemplating. Not every child in America has a unified network of support. And certainly success cannot be had alone. Behind almost every success story are family members or loved ones that have enabled it. The playing field can only be equalized and human potential can only be reached by ensuring strong families and strong centers of support for our young people such as community organizations, teachers, and family friends. I wonder how, in such a fast paced modern life, we can hold onto these bonds even tighter. #familyunit #villagesofsupport
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Photo: A quote to remember – at every level – Family, community, team, business, country, world. From the hallways of my daughters beloved school.
A quote to remember – at every level – Family, community, team, business, country, world. From the hallways of my daughters beloved school.
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Photo: Visiting an old Navy base today – Thinking about the discipline, respect for self and others, and work ethic that war time efforts and people represented. Also learning about the great contributions of women in this country during war times. #thefutureisfemale #usa #proudamerican #women #girls
Visiting an old Navy base today – Thinking about the discipline, respect for self and others, and work ethic that war time efforts and people represented. Also learning about the great contributions of women in this country during war times. #thefutureisfemale #usa #proudamerican #women #girls
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Photo: Here we are at one of the most exquisite public gardens in the South Bay. I feel grateful for everyday I get to experience nature, flowers, and the ever-changing expressions, speech, and development of this little treasure. It was hard for me to get this human into the world. I lost a baby at week 15 before her and suffered an almost full 8 months of severe and debilitating morning sickness while my husband broke his leg. I was determined to give birth without medication as I did with my first and it was the most satisfying experience. She latched within seconds after she was born and we then had a wonderful breastfeeding relationship for nearly 16 months. I cherish all that goes into creating these little humans – indeed, it is my responsibility to do the best job I can at giving them the best shot at life. #motherhood #breastfeeding #normalizebreastfeeding #love #family #kids #blessing #carpediem
Here we are at one of the most exquisite public gardens in the South Bay. I feel grateful for everyday I get to experience nature, flowers, and the ever-changing expressions, speech, and development of this little treasure. It was hard for me to get this human into the world. I lost a baby at week 15 before her and suffered an almost full 8 months of severe and debilitating morning sickness while my husband broke his leg. I was determined to give birth without medication as I did with my first and it was the most satisfying experience. She latched within seconds after she was born and we then had a wonderful breastfeeding relationship for nearly 16 months. I cherish all that goes into creating these little humans – indeed, it is my responsibility to do the best job I can at giving them the best shot at life. #motherhood #breastfeeding #normalizebreastfeeding #love #family #kids #blessing #carpediem
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