Spending Brain Dollars Mindfully

Spending Brain Dollars Mindfully

Spending Brain Dollars Mindfully

Have you ever thought about your brain as a bank account? I sure hadn’t until I paired up to talk to the amazing Melissa Wolak.  Melissa has been in the brain game for years and I believe we share the same super power in translating what is happening in the brain into truly applicable, easy steps for changing lives through mindfully noticing your mind.


Melissa Wolak, MS, CCC-SLP  guides motivated individuals to transform their lives by changing their thoughts, lifestyles, habits and and brain health. As a holistic mindset and transformation coach and speaker, she provides education and empowering strategies to support functional, healthy lifestyle changes, productivity and well-being with the goal to live in more alignment, decrease the effects of chronic stress and optimize the brain’s potential while preventing cognitive decline and disease. She earned her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Communication Science Disorders, and is earning her brain health coach certification and an advanced mindfulness practitioner certificate. She has 20+ years working with clients in the education, wellness and performance industry with additional training in the areas of Brain Health, Food as Medicine, Memory, Mindfulness, Anxiety and Stress Management.  


Melissa and I have been friends for years but I had never heard her speak about draining your brain bank account and how to budget your brain dollars.  Pair that with her Star Wars analogies and her super real, honest and aware mom game and you’ll be so glad you listened!


Looking for Melissa or want her freebie?  Well, you can find her on all the socials and you can also reach out and find her at:


 melissawolak.com


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Keeping Kids From Making Mountains Out Of Molehills

Keeping Kids From Making Mountains Out Of Molehills

How  Mindfulness Can Make Molehills out of Mountains

Have your heard the expression making mountains out of molehills?  Basically it means something a way bigger deal than it really is and my guess is that if you are a parent, you are experiencing some tiny human in your life making big deals out of things that don’t need to be.

What’s the antidote? 

How do you keep molehills molehills and mountains from getting too steep.

 What if I told you mindfulness?  And what if I told you that there is a secret time to employ those mindful skills to get optimal results.  And if you put these skills into play at the right time, you may be able to avoid a meltdown scenario all together and train your child’s brain to learn to calm itself down.

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Mindfully Training Kids For Life with Katie Hensel from Tri4Schools

Mindfully Training Kids For Life with Katie Hensel from Tri4Schools

Katie Hensel is a dynamo.  She leads the Tri4Schools organization and it amazing at running a successful nonprofit that trains kids to do triathlons but, just like The Rooted Family, Katie knows that the real training starts from the inside out.    She also does this with an even-keeled elegance and grace in running shoes that make you sit back and take notice.


How do you go for your dreams as a mom while still supporting the dreams of your family as well as the dreams of over 13,000 kids?  Katie breaks it down for us. I am honored to have her as a guest this week and even more honored and grateful that I get to call her friend and partner in crime in trying to help kids learn the skills to live and embrace their best lives.   When we teach kids these skills we all win!


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How To Parent A Frustrated Child

How To Parent A Frustrated Child

Frustration is a part of life.  How you deal with life’s frustrations can determine your success in navigating future frustrations as well as resolving conflicts and frustrations in a way that doesn’t leave everyone drained and strained.  How we help kids train their brains to deal with frustration directly impacts whether they continue their current pattern of habits and behaviors or learn how to choose more productive, positive ways for how they would like to respond to life.


If we, as parents, deal with their frustration by having our own frustration meltdown, we aren’t solving the problem or teaching kids any meaningful way to change the outcome.  What we are showing them is that we, too, have no control of our emotions, so why bother having control? We might as well just let them take us down the river that empties into despair and doubt.


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Ep. 5: Is your kid a secret agent for other's emotions?

Ep. 5:  Is your kid a secret agent for other's emotions?

In this episode we explore teaching our kids how to respond based on how we are feeling and not being sucked into the emotional drama and dirty work of others. Sometimes kids (and grown ups if we are being honest) have a hard time distinguishing between how they feel about something if everyone else is voicing their emotions and it sometimes leads us down a path of destruction.  

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Ep. 4: Is Busy Getting The Better Of You? Use A Brain Booster To Help

Ep. 4:  Is Busy Getting The Better Of You?  Use A Brain Booster To Help

Join me as I explore the brain booster gratitude and how it can help when we need to take a moment and notice our busy is actually keeping us from seeing the important things in life.

Includes things you need to figure out to wire your brain for less busy and more brain wellbeing.

Looking for Book N’ Breathe? Here it is: Book N’ Breathe

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Ep. 3: The 5 Most Important Skills To Teach Your Kids Before They Hit Kindergarten by Kindergarten Teachers

Ep. 3:  The 5 Most Important Skills To Teach Your Kids Before They Hit Kindergarten by Kindergarten Teachers

You asked, we answered. I polled the best and the brightest of the bunch and we’ve got your answers to questions you’ve been looking for. Questions like, what skills does my child really need to know to start kindergarten? This episode also has nuggets of wisdom like how to use a mystery box to make chores fun. And if you need to help your child with scissor skills, let me share with you a tip that works! Enjoy!

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Episode 2: How to start your parenting day with peace and purpose

Episode 2:  How to start your parenting day with peace and purpose

Feeling like you are running on empty by the end of the day? Feel like you start the day with stress and chaos? Well, a few small tweaks and my start your day FREE journal page are all you need to set your self up for success. I love answering parenting questions and I think this one from a workshop I did will resonate with lots of parents today. Do these things and watch your stress decrease and your parent power increase. When we win as parents our kids win too! Happy listening! When we run the day, instead of the day running us, we create meaningful purpose that wires our brains for happiness and success.

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Intro Episode 1: What is The Rooted Family?

The first podcast!  Hooray.  Join me as a I give some background into how The Rooted Family came to be and getting sad, mad, really angry and embracing mindfulness spurred me into starting The Rooted Family and am why I am on a mission to turn around today’s statistics for our kids and families.  I This is a grass roots, grow roots movement.  Thanks for joining!

9 AWESOME, THOUGHTFUL GIFTS TEACHERS WILL LOVE!

9 AWESOME, THOUGHTFUL GIFTS TEACHERS WILL LOVE!

Every holiday season, I start getting the one big question.

No, not is the the man with bag real, but WHAT IS A GOOD GIFT THAT TEACHERS REALLY WANT?

I have been told that helping parents come up with teacher gifts is one of my superpowers (because I, like Johnny Cash, walk the line since I am both teacher and parent) and as I noticed the questions coming in this holiday season, I decided to take a break from the usual blog post to give you a list of my faves. I know parents want to give teacher gifts that they will love and actually use so put down that mug (we love you, but no more mugs) and get reading!

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How To Have A Productive, Purposeful Parent-Teacher Conference

How To Have A Productive, Purposeful Parent-Teacher Conference

Yes, there is a way to do it...trust me.  As a teacher and a parent, parent-teacher conferences can be fruitful and yield an amazing opportunity to acquire information about your child’s education OR they can be a waste of time.  It’s really a question of how you handle it.

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Be Your Own Authority On Priorities

Be Your Own Authority On Priorities

Kelly McElwain is a powerhouse of personality, grace, and kindness. She is very goal-driven and her method works! It has helped her create her own business, rock and win fitness competitions, raise a kind boy, and maintain a humble, sane, aligned sense of self. Her goals are dreams she has made a reality and I am honored to call her my friend.

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The Very Busy Spider Wasn’t Busy At All

The Very Busy Spider Wasn’t Busy At All

Are you a Very Busy Spider or a Very Focused Spider?

I believe that poor spider got mislabeled.  Her web was on point...and she got it done in her time frame.  She was a productive, focused spider...not a Very Busy Spider.

I love Eric Carle, but I am kindly asking for a re-write.

I mean, come on…

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Getting A Grip and Pumping The Breaks Step 1: Down The Lane Game

Getting A Grip and Pumping The Breaks Step 1:  Down The Lane Game

Look at your life from the end game perspective.  Close your eyes and picture yourself years from now, your children are grown up.  What are you doing? What are you kids doing? Do your kids have kids? How do you feel?  How do you want to feel? What are you doing with your life at this stage that you enjoy? Get a really vivid picture, think about holidays and vacations and day to day living.  What are you doing?

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The Rooted Family Simple Meal Plan Explained

The Rooted Family Simple Meal Plan Explained

Let’s get started with how the meal plan works so we can get you on your way to simplified living. Let’s focus on the things we love. With a little planning, we can have so much more time to enjoy the lives we are meant to lead.

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We Need To Stop Telling Our Kids To Be Nice

We Need To Stop Telling Our Kids To Be Nice

I know what you are thinking, aren’t you the one who talks about how kindness wires our kids brains for success and you don’t want us to teach them to be nice?

You got it, and I’ll tell you why…

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How going minimal helped my mental health and made me a better mom

How going minimal helped my mental health and made me a better mom

 I was constantly cleaning up a mess my 2-year-old had made, attempting to cook some complicated meal, doing piles of laundry, planning workouts and ways to get back to my pre-baby weight and worrying about how I was going to keep it all together when I went back to work in just four short weeks.  

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