DANA ASBY, M.A., M.Ed.
What drives you?
I’m driven by a passion to help others learn how to heal their past traumas and insecurities by making a commitment to mindfulness.
What does mindfulness mean to you?
Mindfulness is being in the present moment interacting with your environment with no judgements. It’s a mindset shift founded in reacting intentionally and empathetically.
How do you combine mindfulness and parenting?
While studying developmental psychology from a neuroscience perspective at Columbia University, I realized that the connections between mindfulness and attachment security were numerous. Parent in the Moment is what grew out of my dream of helping parents practice mindfulness so that they can parent in a healthy way that allows them to form the secure bond with their children that they may or may not have experienced in their own childhood.
You’re not a parent. What do you know about parenting?
While I have not yet had the magical experience of becoming a mother myself, I have been working with children for 17 years in the classroom, summer camps, and as a nanny. My work with parents from every walk of life has taught me the value of different parenting methods. Through careful observation, I’ve seen which parenting styles support social and emotional health in children and which are less effective.
MELANIE LAGUNA, M.S.
What are some of your passions?
Art. When I have the time, I really love wandering through museums and galleries. I also enjoy reading, writing, drawing (though lately more coloring), and knitting.
How do you practice mindfulness in your own life?
In general I consider myself more of an introvert and have always needed a certain amount of alone time to find my inner balance, much preferring a calm, quiet space which lends itself to a more meditative life. Because time for myself is limited, I have learned how to squeeze in moments of meditation and focused breath during my walk home, in the shower, folding laundry, pushing Ollie on the swing, etc.
What has been the most rewarding thing about parenthood?
The most rewarding thing is the experience of parenthood. As a nanny I’ve helped raise many babies to toddlers to preschoolers and beyond. It’s beautiful to witness and reflect on their journey from when they enter my life to when we part ways. The hope that I will be able to guide, support, and simply enjoy my son’s journey from babyhood to adulthood is indescribably priceless.
What are your hopes and dreams for Ollie?
Anyone who crosses Ollie’s path seems to notice his dazzling smile. I hope he carries that smile with him always, gives it freely to those in need, and uses it to the benefit of others.