You will be equipped with practical strategies to address your big emotions, create space for you, and instill activities to nurture the nurturer.

Straight up, if someone had talked to me about self-compassion strategies, I would have thought, nope, too weird.

But then I spent years struggling to deal with my big emotions, I spent years not feeling good enough, and I was finally open to listening to something that might work.

One particular homeschool day I was especially frustrated.

What could have been frustrating me?

  • A child was being unkind, again.
  • Kids were fighting, again.
  • Nobody wanted to do the thing I had so lovingly planned for them.
  • The house was a mess.
  • I was feeling unsupported and disconnected from others.

Oh, ya know, a couple things might have been going on.

And I really wanted to text my husband.

But since he wasn't responding to his texts (he happens to work in emerg, so what he was doing was likely more emergent than his wife losing her stuff at home), I had to figure out what else to do!

Call my friend, I thought. Turns out, she was too busy to respond too.

Well, what is a homeschool mama to do?

Head on over to my bathroom mirror and talk to myself.

Weird, but effective.

I just needed someone to witness my frustration and sadness.

To look into my eyes and say, "Hey, you're having a moment, sometimes homeschooling is hard, but you've got this."

So that is what I did.

For me.

And to my utter surprise, it was therapeutic, it worked!


“With self-compassion, we give ourselves the same kindness and care we’d give to a good friend.” --Kristin Neff

I often share with homeschool mamas that if they’re particularly heated with their kids, they should head to the bathroom mirror.

Stand in front of the mirror.

See that sad, exasperated, angry face?

What would you say that sad, exasperated, angry face if it were your friend?


You might say:
  • I’m sorry you’re frustrated.
  • I care about you.
  • I’ve been there, done that. (Even maybe this morning).
  • You’re a good mom; I see how you engage most of the time and you care about your kiddo.
What you wouldn’t say is this:
  • You’re a horrible mother.
  • You should never have had a child.
  • You’re such a screw up.
  • You will never learn how to parent with kindness/gentleness/self-control/you-fill-in-the-blank.

Nope, words you’d never utter to a friend.

So why are you doing that to yourself? (FYI we all speak more harshly to ourselves than we do to others.)

  • How do you want to speak to your friends?
  • Look back to your face in the mirror: speak to that “friend” in the mirror.

I came by this strategy on a day when I couldn’t access my husband by text. And not my good friend either.

So, who else was I going to talk with? Myself. In the mirror.

And I have since discovered that is a useful, though odd, approach to calming myself down.

And when I’m calm? I can decide how to intentionally respond to my anger/anxiety/sadness/other intense emotion AND head back to my homeschooled kiddos and engage intentionally.


Self-compassion begins with treating ourselves like our own best friend.


In this Intensive, you'll learn more than a few self-compassion techniques.


See what others are saying:


"I recommend this (retreat) for everyone. I've been making my way through your retreat and loving it! Your voice has a very soothing quality. It has been a special time. Teresa is a gift with the best humour. I am so blown away by the care you take to really get to know who you are mentoring/talking with. It's so rare these days."--Britt


“Teresa is the real deal! An experienced homeschool Mom who’s been there and can help others get out of overwhelm. Her ability to hold space for silence and difficult feelings makes her “no small talk” approach so effective. I trust her. Her retreat, resources and ask me anything meetings have served me tremendously. I’m so glad she’s in my corner!--Carla


“I feel like you know me. You offered helpful suggestions to rejuvenate and equip any homeschool mom in whatever stage she might find herself in.

I enjoyed our candor and your laughter, your caring, and your insights. You have allowed the experiences that have challenged you to be the catalyst to helping others.

This retreat is for anyone has who has lost sight of themselves in the midst of living a busy life and wants to refocus on what’s truly important.

I hope all of your retreats bear fruit into deflated women like me, changing their defeat into delight once again, or for the first time.

I told you at our first session that I was looking for hope and the tools unpacked in this retreat have given me hope!

I recommend this retreat for everyone. Your voice has a soothing quality. It has been a special time. Teresa is a gift with the best humour. I am so blown away by the care you take to really get to know who you are mentoring/talking with. It is so rare these days.”--Sheryl


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