5. You start talking in the third person with no pronouns ever. "Sally wants a snack? Mommy will get Sally a snack. Sally, sit right there while Mommy gets Sally a snack."
An hour? To choose a wedding dress for the biggest day of your life? Unheard of. After all, one's wedding dress symbolizes a milestone, having great potential in becoming a family heirloom.
My best day as a mom came about six months after my worst day as a mom.
I have been a mother for 17 years. It has taken all this time for me to realize children are never too young to teach them to open their hearts.
My default mode is to see and focus on my flaws and imperfections. I'm starting to see a bit more.
"Mommy, I don't want to grow taller than you. I always want to be able to look up to you," my tween son told me last night. I'm sure he meant that literally, but I couldn't help but take the message as a figurative one. Can I be a mom who will always be worth looking up to?
Is it possible to forgive a murderer? What if that murderer is you? This former drug dealer and convicted murderer was in solitary confinement when he had the awakening that would change his life forever.
Don't expect your partner to read your mind, or to bring you breakfast in bed, or to offer to wash the dishes. It's not going to happen. You can't expect anything from anyone -- you have to make your desires known.
The accomplishments of these women have largely been buried in file cabinets for decades, but are now being resurrected through our efforts to digitize the Valley Times collection. This month, a new Central Library exhibit was unveiled highlighting the remarkable women of the Valley Times.
The Black-crowned Night Heron rookery above in Oakland made national news when a tree-trimming company cut down nesting trees and nearly tossed live baby herons into the wood chipper. Some chicks survived the near-massacre unharmed. This bird is one of those, but the drama in his young life wasn't done yet!
Do you know why I'm so insistent on the notion that one person -- one bold entrepreneur -- has the power to change the world?
"Doctors pulled the bullets out, patched me up and sent me back to the same neighborhood where I was shot. No one hugged me. No one counseled me. No one told me that I would be okay." If that emergency room treating Senghur had been trauma-informed, could he have been provided with the attention he may have needed and not have perpetuated the cycle of violence by eventually killing another man?
Our "incarceration only" approach to public safety has left us with bloated prisons and jails, wasted tax dollars and sky-high recidivism rates (more than half of those behind bars end up back in prison within three years after they are released).
Positive and optimistic people lead themselves by constantly finding encouragement within their soul. The more you give out positively, the more you get back. Here are my seven essential mantras that I find helpful to keep myself on a positive track.
You think you love your husband right now, but you have no clue how much your definition of love will change. When your daughter is placed in his arms for the first time, not until then, will you know what true love is.